Hurricane Harvey – Deployment Update – Help Needed

Texas National Guard Responding to Harvey
Texas National Guard Responding to heavily flooded areas – 8-27-17, Photo Credit: Texas Military Department via EPA

Currently the CLDR team is watching in horror with the rest of the world as Hurricane Harvey continues to decimate Houston and surrounding areas. We currently have 5 Certified Child Life Specialists with a team of 24 certified CDS volunteers deploying to assist. The challenges volunteers will face with the children impacted will no doubt be massive. Routines are gone, homes destroyed, and their sense of safety surely rattled. We will provide updates along the way as our first volunteers are already on the ground.

This disaster will not end when the rain stops and waters recede. Additional assistance will likely be needed. If you are CDS certified and have availability to deploy for 1-2 weeks in September please reach out to info@cldisasterrelief.org.  If  you are within driving distance to affected areas or shelters, we may be able to utilize your help for short-term deployments as well.  As a reminder, approved deployments receive travel reimbursement.

If you would like to become a certified CDS volunteer so that you can deploy on behalf of CLDR in the future please visit our training page to sign up for a CDS training near you. We are also in need of local organizers and responders. If interested take a look at our opportunities page.

Our organization is able to respond to disasters thanks to the support of our CLDR members,  our partners, and individual donations.  We appreciate all donations to help us continue this work.  Thank you to all as your dedication allows us to truly make a difference in times of crisis. Please keep the people of Texas, CLDR team, and the countless volunteers and service members who are giving their all to make a difference in your thoughts and prayers.