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Would you or someone you know like to volunteer? When major hurricanes, tornadoes and other devastating storms strike the U.S., volunteers become a key component of Operation Blessing’s disaster relief efforts. From serving hot meals and handing out bags of relief to helping residents salvage precious belongings and aiding in debris removal and cleanup, OBI volunteers are critical to bringing relief in real time!
Operation Blessing Strike Teams are made up of “on-call” volunteers with general and specialized skills who join our teams in the field during times of disaster. When there is a disaster, we’ll contact you (usually via e-mail) asking if you are available. Operation Blessing will supply meals, lodging, equipment, work order coordination and more. Volunteers are only asked to cover the costs of their transportation, including to and from the job sites each day.
Please see below for a listing of available Strike Teams:
|Construction – Construction Strike Teams consist of licensed trades such as plumbing, electrical, HVAC, general contractors, carpenters, structural engineers, architects and roofers, as well as those experienced in flooring such as carpet, vinyl, tile and wood. These Strike Team members are often called on during the rebuilding and recovery stage of disasters.|
|Heavy Equipment – In the aftermath of hurricanes, floods and tornados, heavy equipment strike teams are often needed to remove large amounts of debris to assist neighborhoods in the clean-up efforts and prepare them for the process of rebuilding. Team members bring experience in operating equipment such as skid-steers, loaders and more.|
|Crane – Operation Blessing is looking for individuals with crane experience who can join our crane strike team to help clear roadways, remove trees off homes and accomplish other specialized projects. OBI has two cranes (a 20-ton National and 18-ton All Terrain Grove) in our fleet that are ready for deployment at a moment’s notice.|
|Food - Operation Blessing is looking for Food Strike Team members with experience in food management and service at all levels. Our mobile-kitchens are fully equipped, stocked and ready to provide at least 1,000 meals per day, helping to feed local emergency management conducting search and recovery, families and individuals without power and other resources, and also volunteers and clean-up crews.|
|Medical - When hospitals, pharmacies and clinics are no longer available due to displacement and destruction, Operation Blessing’s Medical Strike Teams bring in licensed and experienced doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals as well as essential medications and equipment to help sustain patients who have suffered the devastation of disaster and are in need of medical treatment.|
|Dental - With large-scale disasters, some residents are forced to go without dental care or are required to travel far beyond their local areas to find help. Operation Blessing’s Dental Strike Teams consist of licensed dentists, oral surgeons, hygienists and dental assistants who help provide on-site cleanings, extractions and other dental care to families and individuals without insurance.|
|General - Our General Volunteer Strike Teams consist of individuals who may not have a specialized skill but would still like to serve during times of disaster. These Strike Team members will help with general labor such as gutting homes, site assessments, clean-up and more.|