The RELIEF Foundation was founded in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. Since then, RELIEF has been able to mobilize volunteers, money, and sponsors to make a difference in the lives of those affected by natural disasters. The victims and communities that RELIEF has and will continue to help are the beating heart of its mission.
The devastating impact of Hurricane Maria was so bad that residents in need of medical help could not get to a doctor given the conditions of the roads, costs, and unreliability of health insurance. RELIEF Foundation sprung to action and organized a trip with 20 volunteers to assist and ran a medical clinic in Utuado for a community of 7,000 people in 7 surrounding communities. By treating 120 patients with staff and supplies including Telemedicine devices, RELIEF was instrumental in providing healthcare assistance.
RELIEF Foundation volunteers from across America, paused their lives and found themselves servicing the front lines of the reconstruction efforts in a transitional South East Houston community. The residents were hit hardest by Hurricane Harvey – flooding took everything. On this weeklong trip, RELIEF members serviced the homes of families. As temporary communal support pillars, the impromptu troop delivered supplies, stripped rotting homes, and organized a spectacular pop-up community carnival.
In October of 2013, The RELIEF Foundation organized a trip to aid those affected by the severe flooding in Boulder and surrounding areas of Colorado. The floods were described as "unprecedented" and caused significant damage to homes and property. Our team assisted with various tasks such as clearing mud, repairing drywall, removing fallen trees, and saving precious memories from destroyed homes. RELIEF volunteers left Colorado with a deep sense of fulfillment.
The impact of the 2011 tornadoes in Georgia was devastating and far-reaching. The twisters wreaked havoc on entire communities, leaving many residents without homes, power, or access to basic necessities. In the midst of the chaos, the response of the RELIEF team was a beacon of hope for those affected. The team worked tirelessly, providing immediate relief to those in need and working towards the long-term goal of rebuilding the community.
The world’s 5th largest earthquake since the 1900’s struck Japan and within minutes, a massive tsunami followed, tearing through the country’s coastline and leaving devastation in its wake. The RELIEF Foundation mobilized and volunteers headed to the coastal towns of Japan to deliver supplies to those who need them most.
120 volunteers traveled to Port-au-Prince Haiti for seven days to team up with Clean the World and Project H.O.M.E. to help rebuild the New Life Children’s Home and Orphanage. This mission was a complete success with our organization bringing down several tons of donations via a Boeing 737 and cargo ships. We also were able to make substantial improvements to the structural facility at the orphanage while helping bring a smile to the faces of so many children.
The work that the RELIEF team undertook in Biloxi after Hurricane Katrina was extensive and varied, as the city faced significant challenges in the wake of the disaster. The team not only provided immediate relief to those affected, but also worked tirelessly to help rebuild the community and restore a sense of normalcy to the lives of those impacted by the storm. They worked closely with the Red Cross and Salvation Army to ensure that their efforts were targeted and effective.