As the State of Texas continues to engage in cleanup and recovery activities from the February 2021 Winter Weather Event, the volunteer interest and support from our fellow Texans and other generous individuals from around the United States continues to be a valuable resource, and will be needed for the weeks and months ahead.
Seeing images of disaster may compel you to head to the impacted area. Don’t underestimate the complexity of volunteering to support a disaster impacted community, as self-deploying (just showing-up) may create an additional burden on impacted communities where resources for food and shelter are scarce.
The most effective way to help those impacted by this event is to register with a voluntary or charitable organization of your choice, many of which are already in Texas supporting survivors on the ground.
Did you know that your contribution of time, talent, and effort in Texas communities impacted by disaster may also have financial value? In 2019, Independent Sector estimated the value of your time volunteering in Texas at $25.47 per hour!
In all Federally declared disasters, FEMA can reimburse local & state governments for the cost of disaster recovery through a cost-share agreement, and volunteer hours that are documented in an auditable way can count toward this cost-share.
To help Texas communities recover the cost of relief efforts, please visit Texas Division of Emergency Management to report your volunteer hours!