Volunteers are getting frustrated…They’re leaving!!
It’s very difficult, almost impossible, to volunteer after a disaster because relief organizations require you to have participated in their training, agree with their religious views or be affiliated with a particular group before you can start helping people.
Most volunteers aren’t aware of this and when they arrive to the affected area, eager and willing to make a difference, their time is wasted being sent from one organization to another. They stand around in parking lots waiting for someone to lead them. Ultimately, volunteers get frustrated and they leave… never having been able to help their neighbors in need.
So how do we fix this? What can be done to insure prejudice doesn’t prevent relief? How do we connect neighbors that need help with neighbors that want to help… Well, we think part of the solution is just getting out there and doing it!! Our founder didn’t go to college for emergency management. We didn’t know everything there was to know. And yet we’ve traveled to multiple countries, led relief efforts in more than 15 disasters and we’ve helped over 50,000 neighbors, whether they needed assistance or wanted to make a difference by giving assistance. So are we the solution? No. But when a disaster happens we’re going to deploy, implement our seven step system and we’re going to love our neighbors, regardless of their race, religion, education or income!
Our Seven Step System
Click a + to learn moreThe moment we hear of a disaster happening, or in some cases know one's going to, we deploy.Upon our arrival and during the first 72 hours of a disaster we assist local authorities in whatever way possible and begin assessing the damage.We establish a command post that we'll operate from for the duration of our deployment, within the same 72 hours.For the next 11 days we actively go out into the community and identify very real, tangible needs that our neighbors have.During the same 11 days we share the needs we identify and empower the neighbors wanting to help, with the opportunity to do so.During this entire process, we train to empower the local community to continue with the relief efforts and our system so that when we leave, relief doesn't stop.After 14 days of being in an affected area, if successful, we've empowered neighbors to help one another. Then we leave so our team can prepare for the next disaster.