Disaster Corps frequently asked questions

Disaster Corps FAQ

Read frequently asked questions about the Disaster Corps program.

I do not have any construction experience. Can I still be a Disaster Corps volunteer?

Yes. Disaster Corps volunteers are professionals with a wide range of experience who offer more than just construction assistance. From volunteer coordination to human resources to legal expertise, Disaster Corps volunteers are highly skilled in areas that revolve around a Habitat affiliate business structure.

How are Disaster Corps volunteers chosen for each assignment?

  • A disaster-affected Habitat affiliate submits a request with specific needs.
  • Disaster Response announces the opportunity to all Disaster Corps volunteers.
  • Disaster Response matches interested Disaster Corps volunteers with the skills and preferences of the Habitat affiliate. The Habitat affiliate selects a Disaster Corps volunteer from the matches.
  • The potential Disaster Corps volunteer is then contacted to discuss assignment details and logistics.
  • Once an agreement has been made, the Disaster Corps volunteer is introduced to the Habitat affiliate’s host site supervisor and is deployed for a designated period of time to complete the assignment.  

When are Disaster Corps volunteers 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 Habitat affiliates and state support organizations.

How long are Disaster Corps volunteer assignments?

  • A minimum of two weeks in length.
  • Some will be part of longer projects that can last for a number of months.

Do Disaster Corps volunteers 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 Disaster Corps volunteers be deployed in teams/couples?

  • Whenever possible, Habitat will work to place couples at a Habitat affiliate together; however, this is not guaranteed.
  • Some assignments require several Disaster Corps volunteers, in which case we do send teams.

What do Disaster Corps volunteers need to bring to their assignments?

  • Any necessary clothing, toiletries and personal care items. A brief packing list will be provided.
  • Disaster Corps volunteers 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 Disaster Corps volunteers stay during their deployment?

  • Housing will vary based on the Habitat affiliate.
  • Some Disaster Corps volunteers 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, Disaster Corps volunteers traveling in RVs are given preference when there is a lack of affordable lodging options.

How do Disaster Corps volunteers get to/from the Habitat affiliate?

Disaster Corps volunteers are responsible for arranging their own local transportation.

Will Disaster Corps volunteers be provided with insurance?

No. Habitat for Humanity does not provide insurance for domestic assignments.

Contact us

For further information, contact disastercorps@habitat.org.

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