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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.

The Disaster Cycle.


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.