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Harvey Volunteer Opportunities for Sat, Sept 9

posted Sep 8, 2017, 7:11 PM by Dan Lieberman   [ updated Sep 8, 2017, 7:27 PM ]
In the aftermath of Harvey, many Houstonians have begun to return to some semblance of normality. It has been 2 weeks since the storm began to pummel the city. Downtown offices were open for business earlier this week, and most HISD schools are set to begin the school year Monday. Still, 80 schools across the district remain closed and countless homes have yet to be mucked out.

Last week, Scouts, parents, and many of my friends and neighbors formed impromptu "mucking crews" to help those in need.  We spent the first several days in Bellaire and Meyerland, near the Jewish Community Center, and then went northwest, to Inwood, working with another crew from the Second Baptist Church. Tomorrow we have two volunteer opportunities open to anyone in our community; both can use as many volunteers as we can get.  

Our pack's treasurer emeritus, Sterling Adlakha, has found a partnership opportunity with the Faith Memorial Baptist Church in Houston's historic 5th ward (623 Kress St, Houston, TX 77020). This one is for adults only; we will be ripping out drywall and pulling up floors in houses that have not yet been mucked out. Please use this sign-up sheet, and plan to meet in the church parking lot at 9am.  Volunteers will split into crews of 10 people per home.  From the funds we have raised, the pack will purchase and bring limited supplies to donate, but please do bring any tools that you have for clean up and demolition. The most important and useful items include: crow-bar, utility knife, spray bottle with bleach/water mixture, broom, mop, dustpan, gloves, mask, reciprocating saw, drywall saw...  

When we are out and in houses, be sure to wear gloves and masks at all times, especially because the longer homes sit without being cleaned out and demo'ed, the more mold there is.  

In association with the Georgetown alumni club, the second opportunity is for adults and children alike, at Catholic Charities. Having received many donations, the organization can use our help at their warehouse (7111 Ardmore, Houston, TX 77054) to help unload and sort donations for those affected by the storm. This is a great way to involve kids in the Harvey volunteer effort. Wear comfortable clothes, and bring your own snacks and water.