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Volunteer opportunities to help the flooding victims in Detroit

Sherrie Williams
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DETROIT, MI - Metro Detroit was recently hit by massive flooding, causing thousands of homes to be severely damaged. If you want to do your bit in getting them back to their feet, United Way has curated a list of organizations you can join as a volunteer.

  • Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD)
    Monday and Wednesday, 10 a.m to 2 p.m

With VOAD, you will help the struggling residents in the Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood and execute the most important actions after a flood.

On Mondays, you will be assigned to the homes of senior citizens and small children in the neighborhood. The goal is to remove debris from their houses, which will be taken to the curb.

Meanwhile, if you choose to volunteer on Wednesdays, you will be tasked to remove debris and muck-outs. These actions include cleaning and sanitizing their basements, which will determine whether the other crews need to perform mold removal.

Training and tools will be provided.
The meeting point is at the parking lot of Detroit's Finest Coney Island at 13337 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit, MI 48215.

For more information, contact Mary Lloyd at or (313) 247-0792

  • Samaritan’s Purse
    Monday - Saturday, 7.30 a.m and 12.30

By joining Samaritan's Purse, you will help out homeowners by eliminating mud-outs and debris from their houses. To participate, you must be at least 14 years old. You can opt to volunteer either during the day or night as they have a flexible schedule.

Tools, and meals for overnight volunteers, will be provided but you need to bring your items.

Click here for more details.

  • City of Detroit Emergency Flood Response
    9 a.m to 5 p.m

Your role is to help out with the emergency response, which may include distributing supplies and lending a hand to senior residents and disabled people to remove debris in their homes.

You need to be at least 16 years old to participate. As they are still in the process of recruiting volunteers, register yourself by filling out a form here.

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