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Texas Emergency Management ONLINE 2017 Vol. 64 No. 5

Let's Work Together with OneStar Foundation

For over four decades, the State of Texas has acknowledged the critical work of volunteers in building more resilient communities. From the creation of the Texas Center for Volunteer Action in 1976 to the formation of its eventual successor, OneStar Foundation, in 2004, Texas has maintained its support of volunteerism and a strong nonprofit sector. Today, OneStar Foundation is recognized statewide as a neutral convener and a respected business partner to nonprofits, state agencies, philanthropy and the business community.

OneStar is designated by the governor to "further volunteerism and community service in the State of Texas." Through Executive Order RP-30, OneStar assumed authority and administration of the State of Texas' programs and initiatives supporting volunteerism and community service as of January 1, 2004, including administration of the AmeriCorps program and the annual Governor's Volunteer Awards.

National Service:

OneStar administers approximately $14 million in Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) grant funding through a highly competitive process engaging nonprofits, state agencies, universities and local governments. These funds leverage an additional $31 million in private cash and in-kind support for 2,400 AmeriCorps members who serve across a variety of strategic focus areas, including disaster services. Texas Conservation Corps (TxCC) is a Texas-based AmeriCorps Disaster Response Team (A-DRT) program and is comprised of 36 highly skilled AmeriCorps members who are able to help disaster-impacted communities with field operations, sheltering & mass care, volunteer management and donations management. Since 2015, TxCC members have served 30,713 hours and leveraged 11,701 volunteers while on disaster deployment within Texas.

In addition to funding TxCC A-DRT members, OneStar is identified in Annex T (Volunteer & Donations Management) of the State of Texas Emergency Management Plan as the primary point of contact for all streams of National Service resources in Texas during times of disaster. This includes AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) and AmeriCorps Senior Corps. OneStar currently has two VISTA members placed with the Blanco River Regional Recovery Team (BR3T) and one with Rebuild Rowlett.

Senior Corps, along with Heart of Texas RSVP, has developed a new program, Recreational Vehicle Disaster Corps (RVDC). RVDC allows individuals over 55 who own recreational vehicles to receive disaster-specific training and deploy to communities 1-2 months after the disaster.

Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD):

Texas VOAD is a coalition of nonprofit organizations that work to mitigate and alleviate the impact of disasters. Texas VOAD provides a forum promoting cooperation, communication, coordination, and collaboration. This helps foster a more effective delivery of services to communities affected by disaster.  As a respected neutral convener of state agencies and nonprofits, OneStar recognizes the critical assistance VOAD organizations provide during all phases of disasters. As such, OneStar staff currently serve in positions of leadership with Central Texas VOAD and Texas VOAD. In addition, OneStar personnel staff the State Operations Center (SOC) on behalf of Texas VOAD when support is requested by the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM).

Governmental Partners:

OneStar works closely with numerous Texas state agencies, including Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and the General Land Office (GLO). OneStar's work with TDEM includes assisting with the instruction of several courses as well as helping coordinate volunteers and volunteer agencies through all phases of disasters. OneStar also works with FEMA Region VI and the CNCS Disaster Services Unit (DSU) to bring out-of-state National Service resources into Texas when requested.

Damian Morales
Disaster Services Program Manager
OneStar Foundation
(512) 287-2026

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