Disaster Response Efforts

Points of Light supports first-responder organizations and, with our network affiliates, mobilizes volunteers in ongoing response and recovery efforts in areas affected by disaster.

In 2017, a series of catastrophic storms, earthquakes and wildfires devastated areas of the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean. Points of Light’s disaster services team is supporting first responder organizations, connecting with Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster chapters to assess the damage, and coordinating with our affiliates and partner organizations in the affected areas. Members of the Points of Light global network serve as the local experts in volunteer management. Together, our teams are mobilizing people and organizations to give their time, talent and resources in the disaster response and recovery efforts for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, the earthquakes in Mexico, and the wildfires in Northern California.

For Companies

Complete our Disaster Resource Survey to share the skills and resources that your organization could share and your ideas for collaborations with others. This will allow us to have one repository of opportunities to coordinate member interests.

Complete the Survey

For Nonprofits

When disaster strikes, we often see an influx of volunteers looking for ways to help the people and communities affected. Nonprofits in need of volunteers should contact their local HandsOn Network affiliate or register a volunteer project in All For Good.

Locate an Affiliate  Start a Project

Stories of Response and Recovery

Read Stories of Response and Recovery

In the aftermath of a disaster, volunteers, nonprofits and companies give their time, talent and resources to make recovery possible in affected communities. Read our stories »

Nominate a Daily Point of Light

Nominate a Daily Point of Light

Volunteers can have a deep and meaningful impact on the communities they serve. Know a disaster volunteer who made an extraordinary difference? Nominate a Daily Point of Light »

President George H.W. Bush and artist John Ross Palmer

Get “On Board with Houston”

Support ongoing volunteer efforts in Houston with the purchase of an “On Board with Houston” print, signed by President George H.W. Bush and artist John Ross Palmer. Learn more »

Share Your Story

Disasters can change the course of millions of lives, from the residents who face the fury of a storm to the volunteers who dedicate their time to help rebuild devastated communities. Tell us your story:

It’s been remarkable as a Houstonian to see the uprising of benevolent, kind-hearted points of light in our community that are trying to help each other, neighbor helping neighbor … it’s amazing to see this community come together to help people in their greatest time of need.

Neil Bush, Points of Light Chairman, on KPRC 2 Houston

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