Frequently asked questions about Disaster Corps
I do not have any construction experience. Can I still be a Disaster Corps Volunteer?
Yes! DCVs are professionals with a wide range of experience who offer more than just construction assistance. From volunteer coordination to human resources to legal expertise, DCVs are highly skilled in areas that revolve around a Habitat affiliate business structure.
How are DCVs chosen for each assignment?
- A disaster-affected Habitat affiliate submits a request with specific needs.
- Disaster Response announces the opportunity to all DCVs.
- Disaster Response matches interested DCVs with the skills and preferences of the affiliate. The affiliate selects a DCV from the matches.
- The potential DCV is then contacted to discuss assignment details and logistics.
- Once an agreement has been made, the DCV is introduced to the affiliate’s Host Site Supervisor and is deployed for a designated period of time to complete the assignment.
When are DCVs deployed?
- During any phase of the Disaster Cycle, though normally in the recovery, mitigation and preparedness phases. Deployments are typically not made during the rescue or relief phases.
- Opportunities for disaster preparedness deployments are available year round, as requested by affiliates and State Support Organizations.
How long are DCV assignments?
- A minimum of two weeks in length.
- Some will be part of longer projects that can last for a number of months.
Do DCVs pay their travel, food or lodging costs?
- Full or partial funding for travel, food and lodging expenses may be provided for deployments through a reimbursement system.
- Disaster Corps is funded through donations to Habitat’s Disaster Response, so the amount of money allocated for deployments may vary.
Can DCVs be deployed in teams/couples?
- Whenever possible, Habitat will work to place couples at an affiliate together; however, this is not guaranteed.
- Some assignments require several DCVs, in which case we do send teams.
What do DCVs need to bring to their assignments?
- Any necessary clothing, toiletries and personal care items. A brief packing list will be provided.
- DCVs are welcome to bring any work supplies, such as computers; however Habitat for Humanity will not be held responsible for the loss of personal property.
Where do DCVs stay during their deployment?
- Housing will vary based on the affiliate.
- Some DCVs may stay in volunteer housing, which could be in a local church, school, private home, etc.
- Others may be in a hotel for their stay.
- In some cases, DCVs traveling in RVs are given preference when there is a lack of affordable lodging options.
How do DCVs get to/from the affiliate?
DCVs are responsible for arranging their own local transportation.
Will DCVs be provided with insurance?
No. Habitat for Humanity does not provide insurance for domestic assignments.