Volunteer effort kicks off as 6 month Harvey anniversary nears

Mayor Sylvester Turner and the city's Department of Neighborhoods on Friday launched a volunteer project to help Houstonians struggling to rebuild their lives and homes because of the Hurricane Harvey floods.

Marking the six-month anniversary of Harvey, Mayor Turner said a renewed volunteer effort is needed following the outpouring of assistance that residents provided to each other immediately after disaster.

The project is called "HOUSTON STILL NEEDS YOU!" Volunteers can join the project at www.houstontx.gov/volunteer

Activities kick off Saturday, February 24, 2018, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., with house repairs at the locations listed below in partnership with Rebuilding Houston Together, Chapelwood United Methodist Church and Dejon Homes, which is providing skilled construction workers. They will be joined by volunteers with the Mayor’s Youth Council, Houston Youth Green Corps and Houston Responds.

For activities on future dates, “We are asking individuals who want to volunteer, as well as organized groups such as corporate teams, faith based groups, student organizations, professional trade organizations and skilled or licensed professionals in a variety of disciplines,” the mayor said.

The city is working with FEMA to apply volunteers’ hours in the new project as credits for some of the money the city would normally pay as part of its share of disaster relief funding. The credits are a novel concept for volunteer services provided several months after a disaster.

For the next year, the city is aiming for two million documented volunteer hours.

Locations for volunteer activities Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.:

7431 Deep Forest Drive 77088 – Myers Family (Inwood Forest)

8611 Valley Flag Drive 77078 – Sirls Family (Northeast Houston)

8921 Kellett Street 77078 – Guevara Family (Northeast Houston)

5106 Kashmere Street 77026 – Dorothy Rainey (Kashmere Gardens)

5104 Kashmere, Houston, TX 77026 – Joyce Follie (Kashmere Gardens)