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National Service and Disaster

OneStar Foundation, in partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), serves as the single point of contact for all streams of national service in times of disaster in Texas. We coordinate activities of all national service programs engaged in disaster response and recovery in our state in partnership with local, State and National governmental and nonprofit partners, including the CNCS Disaster Services Unit.

AmeriCorps VISTA

As part of the OneStar Statewide Intermediary VISTA Project, members are engaged and trained to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations within disaster-affected communities. OneStar Disaster VISTA members can serve full-time for one year with Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) members, Long-Term Recovery Groups, or Governmental agencies. OneStar’s VISTA members can assist by:

  • Supporting the coordination of rebuild efforts
  • Conducting community outreach to support recovery efforts
  • Disseminating information to volunteers and survivors
  • Recruiting and coordinating volunteer groups
  • Identifying and coordinating in-kind donations of rebuild materials
  • Assisting with funding through grant research and fundraiser planning
  • Provide preparedness and mitigation capacity building for future disasters

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Current Disaster VISTA Host Sites:

AmeriCorps*Texas

OneStar Foundation administers AmeriCorps*Texas, which engages more than 3,200 members annually in a wide range of local service programs around the state of Texas focusing on the CNCS focus areas of Disaster Services, Education, Healthy Futures, Veterans and Military Families, Economic Opportunity, and Environmental Stewardship. These members may be available for activation or deployment by OneStar Foundation during times of disaster to meet urgent needs that are would not be able to be met otherwise.  Potential activities may include:

  • Supporting virtual call centers
  • Sorting and distributing donations
  • Entering volunteer and donations management data
  • Monitoring social media for disaster-related activity
  • Staffing Volunteer Reception Centers
  • Assisting shelter operations
  • Removing debris

AmeriCorps*Texas programs may also serve as an AmeriCorps Disaster Response Team (A-DRT). A-DRTs have a heightened focus and possess specialized training in the areas of response and recovery. A-DRT members specialize in field operations (mucking & gutting, debris removal), volunteer and donations management, sheltering operations, and call center operations.

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AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps

AmeriCorps NCCC is a full-time, residential, team-based service program for young adults. Members serve full-time for one year during which they travel throughout the country completing diverse service projects while living in the communities they serve and gaining life experience. The versatility of these national service members makes NCCC a valuable resource that can be quickly and flexibly deployed in times of disaster. 

FEMA Corps is a new unit of AmeriCorps NCCC, whose members are devoted solely to FEMA disaster response and recovery efforts. FEMA Corps members are utilized by FEMA to assist disaster survivors in the complex application and assistance process that is essential to an individual’s recovery after a major disaster.

AmeriCorps NCCC is administered nationally by CNCS. Texas is served primarily by AmeriCorps NCCC Southern Region teams, based out of Aurora, CO.

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Senior Corps RSVP

Senior Corps RSVP is a network of volunteers age 55 and over who use their skills and experience to assist in disaster response and recovery. Senior Corps is administered in Texas by the CNCS Texas State Office.

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