On September 1st, Hurricane Gustav made landfall in the United States along the Louisiana coast as a strong Category 2 hurricane. Today, national service participants and volunteers in the Gulf Coast region and across the country are responding in the aftermath of Hurricane Gustav and preparing for Hurricane Ike. The USA Freedom Corps office at the White House and the Corporation for National and Community Service are working in close coordination with numerous federal agencies and state and local leaders to respond to the needs of those affected by the hurricanes.
All residents in the region affected by Hurricane Ike are encouraged to follow the instructions given by local emergency management officials, and evacuate when required to do so. It is also important for potential volunteers to not self-deploy to the coast of Texas, but instead to wait until there is a clear understanding of what volunteer resources will be needed and where. We are currently urging those who want to help people affected by Hurricane Ike to make cash donations to nonprofit organizations that are active in disaster work.
Search here for volunteer opportunities in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. These opportunities may require travel and specialized training or skills.
For volunteer opportunities in the hurricane recovery area, please contact the sponsoring organization directly to confirm the volunteer opportunity and the organization's operating status. If you are planning on volunteering directly in the hurricane-affected area, please click here for important health information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In the days and months to come, longer-term recovery efforts will also be underway and in need of support. Please refer to this website frequently for additional volunteer opportunities that are added as local needs are identified. We remind you that these services are best provided through coordinated efforts both locally and across the country and that it is still important for potential volunteers to not self-deploy.
If your organization is currently operating in the disaster area and has volunteer opportunities that you would like to appear on this site, please click here for more information. Please click here to learn more about the USA Freedom Corps Volunteer Network.
Register as a Skilled Emergency Response Volunteer
Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas also offer a registration system for individuals who are willing to volunteer as needs arise.
Register as a Skilled Volunteer: Alabama (FEMA / Aidmatrix)
Register as a Skilled Volunteer: Mississippi (Volunteer Mississippi)
Register as a Skilled Volunteer: Texas (FEMA / Aidmatrix)
Find a Volunteer Opportunity in Your Community
Volunteers are currently needed nationwide to support both the relief effort in the hurricane-affected areas and ongoing community-based services.
Click here to find a volunteer opportunity in your community
If you are unable to volunteer, we are urging those who want to help people affected by the storm to make donations to nonprofit organizations that are active in disaster work.
Donate Now: FEMA / Aidmatrix / National Donations Management Network
Donate Now: American Red Cross
Donate Now: National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD)
Donate Now: Network for Good
Donate Now: Salvation Army
Donations by State
Donate Now: Alabama (FEMA / Aidmatrix)
Donate Now: Louisiana (FEMA / Aidmatrix)
Donate Now: Mississippi (FEMA / Aidmatrix)
Donate Now: Texas (FEMA / Aidmatrix)
Donate Now: Tennessee - please call 1-866-586-4483 to assist Gustav evacuees
Resources for Volunteer Organizations Operating in a Disaster Area