Helping Houston Recover

Following Harvey, there are a lot of opportunities to help Houstonians in need. The City is working with Volunteer Houston, a non-profit  that focuses on pairing volunteers with organizations that need them. You may also check with your faith community or community organizations you are a part of to see if they are engaged in relief efforts.

To register as a volunteer, visit

Get Involved with a VOAD

Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOADs) are the backbone of disaster recovery.  These organizations work year-round to help victims of disasters like Harvey gain access to resources and services that help them bounce back.

Find approved and vetted VOADs nationally at, or locally at

Already a Volunteer? Report Your Hours!

If you have been part of the amazing work being done by community organizations across Houston following Harvey, be sure to report your volunteer Hours to the City.  As part of the City’s claim to FEMA for financial assistance, we can count the hours of volunteers engaged in service.  This helps reduce the amount of money the City has to pay in response costs, which frees it up to provide other services.

Report your hours online at

Are You a Relief Agency Helping Houstonians Recover?

The Texas Gulf Coast Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) is working with non-profit agencies across the area that are engaged in helping Houstonians cleanup to ensure their responses are coordinated.  One major way they are doing this is by using a tool called CrisisCleanup. This allows organizations to identify homes that need assistance, and record activities to make sure that the most people are served.

If your organization isn’t already part of the system, visit