The difference that you can make to a disaster-affected family, community group, business or individual - even years after an extreme weather event - is immeasurable.
There are roles for everyone, no matter your ability or skillset - plenty of volunteer roles don’t require hands-on clean-up work. By detailing your skills, equipment and availability when registering with Emergency Volunteering CREW, we can link you with opportunities where you are most needed.
What types of roles are involved?
This is one of the first recovery stages following a disaster, and can be a very emotional time, so we're here to facilitate responsible and safe responses. Recognising the importance of appropriate work-gear, safe cleaning practices and volunteering under an organised system means that you can be part of the clean-up whilst working with organisations that understand the risks involved.
These are often in demand both immediately after and in the months following a disaster. Relief organisations call on counsellors, youth/social workers and medical professionals to volunteer their support to those affected. Ongoing reconstruction efforts mean there are opportunities for qualified tradespeople to volunteer their skills in local or regional areas.
Administration/call centre for recovery organisations
Recovery and non-profit organisations often need a helping hand running relief operations. You could be called on to volunteer in a call centre, assist with administration or help sort donated goods. A supported organisation means happier and safer volunteers, a faster and more effective response and accountable and sustainable practices. This is a great way to help out if physical clean-up work is not your preferred volunteer role.
Long-term, large scale recovery projects
After the initial emergency, recovery projects are often the areas where most volunteers are needed. The general clean-up has finished but affected families, businesses and communities still have a long way to go to rebuild their lives. You could be called on to help the flooded school library cover new books or visit a regional area to help farmers repair kilometres of fences. You could help out at a community event aimed at boosting the morale of disaster-affected residents or sort and process donations for people struggling after losing their livelihood. A few hours of your time can mean a world of difference.
Do you come with extras?
Do you have access to materials that could be useful when you volunteer? Recovery and reconstruction projects often require the use of heavy machinery and equipment, 4WDs, generators, chainsaws and various clean-up tools. Please detail in your EV CREW registration if you are able to provide equipment (and, if required, if you have a current training qualification). Equipment condition and your certification to use it will be checked by the organisation you are placed with.
Being part of Emergency Volunteering CREW will position you so that your skills and motivations are as connected as possible with the community response you participate in – and as a result of this connection, we hope that your experience is a highly rewarding one.