Volunteer Organizations for Hurricane Recovery Efforts

The devastation wrought by Hurricanes Jose, Maria, Irma, and Harvey is still being assessed, but it is known that the impact is enormous, requiring a vast effort to continue the process of recovery. Much of this effort is being undertaken by federal, state and local officials. However, volunteers are also needed.

In the spirit of supporting our community’s desire to provide assistance, New York University will make it possible for administrators and staff to take paid leaves-of-absence for up to three weeks through the end of the 2017 calendar year to volunteer their time to registered 501c3 nonprofit organizations or faith-based organizations addressing the aftermath of these hurricanes.

To begin this process, please download the NYU Hurricane Relief Volunteer Request Form (PDF 33 KB). The process for requesting and approving leaves will be explained on the Request Form. To learn more about the process for approving leaves in your unit, please contact Rossana Sanes, at (212) 992 – LINK, or rossana.sanes@nyu.edu for more information.

Please note that volunteer leave requests will be considered only for volunteer activities at registered 501c3 nonprofit organizations or faith-based organizations actively addressing the aftermath of the hurricanes.

The following is a list of recognized organizations seeking volunteers. This list will be continually updated as new opportunities become available.

Hurricane Irma

  1. Volunteer Florida
  2. National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
    This is a large association (consisting of 60 organizations) engaged in disaster relief and volunteering. Visit their website and their list of organizations.
  3. American Red Cross
  4. Habitat for Humanity
  5. AirBnb
    Volunteer your home for evacuees for free.
  6. Best Friends Animal Society

Hurricane Harvey

  1. Convoy of Hope
  2. Habitat for Humanity
    Accepting volunteers after the water recedes.
  3. Samaritan's Purse
  4. Team Rubicon
  5. American Red Cross (Health and Mental Health Volunteers)
    As of right now, American Red Cross is not accepting new volunteers. This may change.
  6. Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (Texas VOAD)
  7. Best Friends Animal Society

Hurricanes Maria and Jose

  1. The American Red Cross is mobilizing volunteers in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  2. Team Rubicon is recruiting volunteers and monitoring the situation in the region.
  3. Habitat for Humanity Global Village is organizing teams of volunteers to help in the rebuilding efforts.
  4. The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) is organizing volunteers in Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

For a list of organizations to support financially, please see NYU's list of recommended organizations. If you should need any assistance in identifying an organization, please feel free to contact the Office of Civic Engagement at civic.engagement@nyu.edu.