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 is asking for volunteers to help victims of Hurricane Dorian in North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

Ocracoke, NC Local/Day volunteers only (NO OVERNIGHT LODGING AVAILABLE)

Opportunities for local/day volunteers will be available beginning tomorrow Friday, September 13th for those would like to assist in the relief efforts on Ocracoke Island.  Local volunteers may report directly to our base of operations.  Please check in at our Base of Operations which will be located at the Salvo Volunteer Fire Department. Please plan to bring a packed lunch.

WHERE:   Salvo Volunteer Fire Department 27209 Roth Rd. Salvo, NC 27972

WHEN:    Beginning Friday, September 13th 

TIME:      7:30 AM Volunteer Registration & 8:00 AM Orientation. After the orientation, we will be taking a ferry to Ocracoke Island, so it is extremely important that you arrive on time. 

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers will be needed to assist with debris clean-up, helping residents salvage their personal belongings, mucking and gutting, and chainsaw work  For any questions, or for more information on how to register as a volunteer, please call 1-800-730-2537, email [email protected].

Day/Local Volunteer Requirements:  

  • All volunteers must be 18 years and older
  • Must provide their own transportation to and from the Base of Operations daily
  • Volunteers must wear work boots or close-toe shoes
  • We recommend that you bring a pair of work gloves


Operation Blessing 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.

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More Volunteer

Please see below for a listing of available teams:


volunteer in constructionConstruction 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 team members are often called on during the rebuilding and recovery stage of disasters.

Heavy Equipment

volunteer with heavy equipment In the aftermath of hurricanes, floods and tornadoes, heavy equipment 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.


volunteer using a craneOperation Blessing is looking for individuals with crane experience who can join our crane 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.

General Volunteer

join our general volunteer strike teamOur General Volunteer Teams consist of individuals who may not have a specialized skill but would still like to serve during times of disaster. These team members will help with general labor such as gutting homes, site assessments, clean-up and more.


volunteer with the food strike teamOperation Blessing is looking for Food 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.


When hospitals, pharmacies and clinics are no longer available due to displacement and destruction, Operation Blessing’s Medical 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.


volunteer on the dental strike teamWith 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.

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