Volunteer with CBF Disaster Response
In keeping with CBF’s focus on long-term impact, CBF Disaster Response participates in networks seeking to help communities after a devastating event, but employs most of its resources on the long-term recovery, rehabilitation and resiliency of a community after first-responders have finished their work. This takes time and planning.
CBF will work with state and regional organizations, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD), as well as other local and national partners, including friends in the North American Baptist Fellowship, in any response.
To give, pray or learn more about CBF's work in the Houston and sourrounding area, following Hurricane Harvey, please visit our Hurricane Harvey Response page.
To give, pray or learn more about CBF's work in Florida following Hurricane Irma, please visit our Hurricane Irma Response page.
For information about serving in the Houston and its surrounding area, or in Florida, please see the available opportunities and application below
CBF is grateful for those wishing to serve in communities after a devastating event. Before applying to serve, please take a moment to review the available opportunities for service and consider where your gifts or the gifts of your team can best match a need on the ground. After reviewing the opportunities below, apply here.
Available Opportunities for Service
As additional specific opportunities to serve become available, we will update this site with information. Please check back regularly to find new opportunities of service that might match your gifts and availability.
|Opportunity Name||Location||Dates||Description||Group size||Restrictions|
|Mucking Houses in Houston||Houston, TX||October 15 to November 2017||In this initial response to Hurricane Harvey flooding, we need teams that will be willing to help clean out or muck houses. There may be opportunities to assist in distribution sites and other activities that arise. Ideally the group would supply the tools and articles needed at this time. Housing will be provided at one of several churches.||5-15||18 and over only; requires dirty, manual work|
|Cleaning and rebuilding in Houston||Houston, TX||October 2017-February 2018||As our response to the aftermath of Harvey shifts from "mucking" and cleaning to rebuilding, we need volunteers to put up insulation and sheetrock in homes (particularly the uninsured) and churches. There may be other types of opportunities as well that come up as we work in three areas: Hispanic neighborhood including church; Cambodian farming community; and an African American community which includes a senior housing complex being used for displaced survivors.||Up to 20||18 and over only; at least one or two experienced workers in each group; groups should provide own tools|
|Hurricane Harvey Rebuild||Rockport, TX||September 30, 2017, More dates to come.||On this trip teams will assist a young family to rebuild their home. This is a long term commitment to get this home back up to standards, and will need several churches/groups to answer the call. Construction involved: Re-leveling, roof, siding, some windows, floors, ceiling, doors, mold issues. This will also serve as an assessment trip, to evaluate other needs in the area.||Up to 20||18 and over only. This is a site visit only by those who are (1) volunteer team coordinators or church mission leaders (2) construction estimators (3) construction specialists/ carpenters/ roofers etc. (4) anyone else who can determine the costs and needs of building materials.|
|Hurricane Irma clean out/muck-out houses||Orange Park, FL||As soon as possible||In this initial response to Hurricane Irma flooding, we need teams willing to help clean out or muck houses. There may be opportunities to assist in distribution sites and other activities that arise. Ideally the group would supply the tools and articles required. Housing will be provided.||5-20||18 and over only; requires dirty, manual work|
|Hurricane Irma clean out/muck-out houses||Jacksonville, FL||Current through end of October||In this initial response to Irma flooding, we need teams willing to clean out/muck-out houses. Ideally the group will supply the tools and articles required. Housing provided. No meals provided, but can make reservations for Wednesday night supper.||5-20||18 and over only; requires dirty, manual work|
To submit a request for disaster response volunteers, please submit this VOLUNTEER POSITION REQUEST FORM.