While the answer is likely “Yes” we always advise you to confer with your tax accountant and the IRS guidelines. Sister-Corps is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization. Our EIN is 83-4688566. We can provide a receipt unless the donation is anonymous; please keep your receipt as your official record.

Yes, our official address is 1032 E. 7th St Houston, TX 77009

To donate or to get more information, please call 432 559 4447.

Unless otherwise indicated, donations made to Sister-Corps are unrestricted. This allows us to apply the funds to the program or programs where they are needed most.

We would be grateful to be the selected recipient of such a special donation and would be pleased to send an appropriate acknowledgement. Just message treasurer@sister-corps.com to make arrangement and provide information.

Yes, the “Donate” button on our website allows for that choice. It will allow you to stop the donations at any time.

Using our donate button on the website, you will have the choice of charge cards, debit cards, or PayPal. We also take donations by check.

While we find it hard to turn down any donation that will provide the means for us to improve the situation for those affected by a disaster, it is better for bookkeeping and for flexibility to spend where needed, this system is discouraged .

YES, we work with suppliers, businesses, wholesales, distributors, and individuals to arrange for the donation of such highly needed items as drywall, drywall tape and mud, nails, hand or power tools, equipment, hygiene and safety items, food, lodging, or other. To be a business or corporate sponsor, contact Gena Curtis, Director of Development at Gena@sister-corps.com

No. While the intentions are well-founded, the reality is that every disaster leaves people with very different needs. The volunteers attempting to process donations such as these have no sorting and storage space at a reasonable cost. It takes a substantial labor force to handle these kinds of donations.

That is a very valid question, but the answer is “we don’t know yet”. Every disaster is different and the needs afterward are quite different. Once we determine the location of a planned disaster response, we assess the work and the skills needed at that site. Then align the self-described skills of our volunteers with the jobs. Some projects focus primarily on debris removal ( exterior or interior) from mucking, drywall removal, limbs and yard debris; on the other hand, other projects have a greater need for installation of insulation, drywall, painting or flooring. Don’t worry if you have not done that particular kind of work before, someone will lead the team that will teach you! The sure thing is you will get dirty and tired, and you will feel great satisfaction in helping others. And you will leave the project with new skills!

Most definitely! Safety is FIRST. WE do not work in situations that are deemed unsafe or unhealthy or in any way are seen to threaten the well-being of our volunteers! We do not do electrical, plumbing, roofs, or mold; these jobs require specialized training and licenses, and take special equipment.

You will be provided with a list of the needed personal safety equipment that is needed on the job. It is best to wait until you get the list as it may be tailored for that specific project.  Generally you can know that you will have to buy a “safety yellow” hard hat, that meets OSHA requirements. Steel or composite toes shoes are critical for areas of destruction. Safety glasses, hearing protection, and a safety vest may be required for you to purchase or may be provided on the project—wait to get the answer. Having your own tool bag is helpful, but not required in most projects. Sister-Corps has a growing inventory of tools but often makes a list of certain ones that volunteers may be encouraged to bring (marked by personal identification in a very visible way—and are on the job site at your own risk).

Let us know when there IS a typical day! Seriously, every project is different and often every day is different. The day starts with a breakfast around 7-7:15 which is usually combined with a MANDATORY safety meeting. We try to be enroute to the job site by 8:15. Often we have a commute of 30 minutes or more. Before leaving your lodging, you will be given the opportunity to pack your lunch–be sure to do that as our locations and our jobs not usually a situation where anyone can leave the premises. Depending on the rigor of the day’s work, work may cease at a time that allows teams to be back at base camp by 5-5:15. Dinner is usually served around 6-6:30 with a short debrief or meeting . Volunteers like to have a bit of time to socialize, before getting to bed for a well-deserved night’s rest. On longer projects, there will likely be an allowance for early afternoons off for more time to unwind in order to be able to reflect and process the challenges being faced by survivors and by the volunteers. In such cases, volunteers are on their own for transportation and for food. Because we recognize the work is both physically and emotionally hard, we want to assure that volunteers are taking care of their own needs for well-being.

Sister-Corps is an all-volunteer organization. There are no paid staff members nor is anyone in leadership paid. We take pride in being transparent about our expenses. Volunteers pay their own way to the project (unless they individually, get sponsored). Lodging costs are borne by the individual. But lodging is determined by the planning team with economy in mind. There may be individual dietary needs that will fall on the volunteer to bring for herself.

We would always encourage any volunteer to consult a medical professional before committing to join in a project. At this time we are not mandating any particular vaccinations; please confer with your medical professional. We take our own trained medical volunteers who are available to take care of minor injuries and to make sound determinations regarding any questions or injuries.

Go to the volunteer button on the website and click “volunteer”.