As we come to grips with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, many of us are searching for ways we can tangibly support relief efforts in Houston and areas along the coast. They have estimated the rebuilding efforts will take many months and in some cases years. The magnitude of need is great and we are actively identifying partnership opportunities with people, churches and organizations that live in the areas hardest hit by Harvey.
Below are several ways you can consider getting involved now. Please continue to revisit this page as it will be updated often to reflect the most current information.
SHARE YOUR NEED
Have you been affected by Hurricane Harvey? Or, do you have family and/or close friends who have been affected? If so, please let us know how we can help, by emailing Nick Brandt at email@example.com.
SERVE EVACUEES LOCALLY
Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN) is training and preparing teams in the Austin area to engage and serve those affected by Hurricane Harvey. They are poised to provide long-term support to hurricane victims. To learn more about specific ways you can participate with ADRN, click here.
The training is three hours and provides an introduction to ADRN, information about ADRN training, a training roadmap for volunteers, badging/credentials, information on how emergency response works in Austin, and CERT individual/family preparedness training. Every volunteer who completes this course will receive an ADRN badge and become a certified ADRN volunteer.
Please note: before actively volunteering with ADRN, you will be required to attend the ADRN Orientation & Preparedness Training. Click here to view their full training schedule and to register for the orientation.
DISASTER RELIEF SHEPHERD
Once certified, consider volunteering as a Disaster Relief Shepherd (DRS) with ADRN. The role of the DRS is to walk alongside a family that has potentially lost everything and needs a shepherd to be there for them through the process of recovery until their feet are back on the ground. This role does not require you to take survivors into your home or provide financial assistance from your personal funds. ADRN’s training will equip you with the skills, knowledge and plan to take care and provide extended assistance that cannot be given by the governments or international relief agencies.
Click here to view their full training schedule and to register for the Disaster Relief Shepherd training.
We are carefully identifying partnership opportunities with churches and organizations that already have relationships established in the affected region. They are able to clearly outline the need(s) so that the effectiveness of our assistance is maximized vs. causing any undue burden.
As additional trusted partnerships are formed, we will update this section with pertinent details.
Bayou City Fellowship
Bayou City Fellowship is facilitating recovery efforts in the Houston area and ready to accept volunteers to serve in clean-up efforts. We are currently coordinating several day trips and dates will be forthcoming.
If you are interested in joining one of these teams, please email Juliana Quintero at Juli@thewellaustin.com.
Monetary donations to a trusted organization located in the area of impact are often what is needed most during times like this. Organizations can use these funds to meet the most critical needs, whether that is water, warmth, financial help, shelter, or rescue.