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COVID-19

Forward Watch, July 31

Greyshirts have helped facilitated roughly 75,000 COVID-19 tests. Learn where our next testing site will be.

COVID-19

Forward Watch, July 24

Greyshirts have distributed over 24 million pounds of food to people impacted by COVID-19. Now, see where we’re launching our newest food support operations.

Innovation

Fighting Fire with Chainsaws

How a Texas community is using volunteer assistance and mitigation planning to take on its wildfire risk and snuff out flames before they ever spark.

Reflections

The 91-Day Greyshirt

How I went from sign-up to the Navajo Nation’s longest-serving volunteer in just three months.   We all have our own Team Rubicon journey. Mine goes from thinking I didn’t belong to becoming a comms lead in a matter of months. I grew up wanting to serve in the military. My father was a Marine, … Read More

The Stories We Tell Ourselves Matter

Applying for the Clay Hunt Fellowship Program (CHFP) was something I felt that I needed to do. As a black woman and a U.S. Marine, I am always conscious of the systemic racism my fellow Americans and I have experienced, even after fighting for and serving our country. But, I also needed help transitioning from … Read More

Care during COVID-19: A Physician’s Greyshirt Experience

It was late in the evening after another busy shift in the emergency department. I grabbed my bag, a now-cold cup of coffee, and headed towards my car. I was physically and emotionally drained, but as I flipped through news articles, all centered on the COVID crisis, I wished I could do more. The week … Read More

Finding Father Figures in Grey—and Man Glitter

On her first operation as a sawyer, one Greyshirt planned to sit back, be a spotter, and let the guys make the chips fly. Two Greyshirts ruined that plan. Lucy Loftus reflects on finding father figures in Team Rubicon.

History & Culture

History and Culture

Life, Liberty, and the Freedom to Serve

For the 4th of July, six veterans and Team Rubicon volunteers reflect on military experience, service-to-country, and the meaning of independence in 2020.

COVID-19

Team Rubicon Releases COVID-19 Icons as a Resource to Design Community

On the morning of Thursday, March 12, 2020, I headed to Team Rubicon Headquarters. As a graphic designer, I was ready to fire up my computer and hop into Adobe to begin creating our next social graphic, slide presentation, or web advertisement like I had every other day for the last seven months. I parked … Read More

COVID-19

Leading In (Novel) Crisis

Crisis situations test systems and capacity across all levels of government, the private sector, and our non-profit partners. The universal nature of a pandemic, puts extreme stress on systems and capacity, and we’re already seeing things bend—if not break—in areas that have otherwise proven robust. COVID-19 is stressing travel systems, health system capacities, and even the way we’re accustomed … Read More

COVID-19

Conquering Coronavirus Chaos

The United States has recently become completely overwhelmed with the chaos stemming from increasing infection rates and death stemming from novel coronavirus, otherwise known as COVID-19.  Our stock market has collapsed, our public health system is overwhelmed, all levels of government are failing in their efforts to coordinate -and worse, communicate. The scenarios are nightmarish. One question that should … Read More

Stories of Service

History and Culture

Life, Liberty, and the Freedom to Serve

For the 4th of July, six veterans and Team Rubicon volunteers reflect on military experience, service-to-country, and the meaning of independence in 2020.

In The Grey

A Midwest Deployment, and an Extreme Double Date

The second week of April, during Operation Heartlander in Bellevue, Nebraska, was unique for Team Rubicon: two married couples—the Ruestows and the Foxs—and one engaged couple were serving together, and all on the same strike team.  Linda Ruestow, of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, joined Team Rubicon because she was looking for purpose after retiring from … Read More

COVID-19

COVID-19

Forward Watch, July 31

Greyshirts have helped facilitated roughly 75,000 COVID-19 tests. Learn where our next testing site will be.

COVID-19

Forward Watch, July 24

Greyshirts have distributed over 24 million pounds of food to people impacted by COVID-19. Now, see where we’re launching our newest food support operations.

COVID-19

Forward Watch, July 17

See how Team Rubicon is digging in and continuing to serve communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Partner News

Partner News

Penske Media Corporation Launches “Hail the Heroes” Initiative Alongside Team Rubicon to Raise Funds for COVID-19 Relief

May 7, 2020 (New York, NY) — Today, at 7pm ET, in a round of virtual applause, Penske Media Corporation (PMC) launched “Hail the Heroes,” a thank you initiative to raise funds for Team Rubicon and their efforts around the COVID-19 crisis. Leaders from across PMC’s portfolio of media brands, including Rolling Stone, Variety, WWD, and Deadline, have joined together with luminaries in the … Read More

COVID-19

Fighting Hunger with Feeding America

Yesterday, Team Rubicon announced a new partnership with Feeding America to ensure that families in vulnerable communities get the food and supplies they need throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. Feeding America is a charitable network made up of over 200 individual member food banks with the goal of eliminating hunger in the U.S. Each year they provide roughly 4.3 billion free meals through community pantries and nutrition assistance programs that serve every county in the country. While we … Read More

COVID-19

Adapting to COVID-19 Livestream Recap

Earlier this week, David Burke, Team Rubicon’s vice president of programs and field operations, joined several other leaders from partner organizations for a webinar hosted by Katherine Boatwright at the National VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster). Across the United States, volunteer organizations are shifting their models and operations to best serve those impacted by … Read More

From the Field

From The Field

Step Into the Grey, Episode #2: Lighting the Match with Kate Browne

On the second episode of Step Into the Grey, Team Rubicon’s new podcast made for and by Greyshirts, we speak with resident tech wizard and all-around badass Kate Browne. Her expertise and ability to see connections where others don’t has helped make TR the innovation-driven organization it is today. Browne shares her insights on owning personal connection to service and why that matters.  You can find Step Into the Grey wherever you listen to podcasts: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, … Read More

From The Field

Coming Home From Harvey

More than two years after Hurricane Harvey struck Houston, a former math teacher returns home, with a special treat for the volunteers who helped her get there.

CHFP

CHFP

Team Rubicon’s Clay Hunt Fellows Program Announces a New Cohort

The Clay Hunt Fellows Program is a 6-month leadership and training program for veteran members of Team Rubicon. This program equips the veteran with tools to redefine their purpose and identity out of uniform for a life of continued service through a 6-month Base Camp curriculum of strengths discovery, self-awareness exploration, discussions, reading and self-reflection … Read More

CHFP

Big News From the Clay Hunt Fellows Program

The CHFP is rerouting its course to simplify and grow.   We’re talking about a fellowship with a mission to challenge veterans who respond to disasters—yeah, that sounds like an easy task. Team Rubicon’s Clay Hunt Fellows Program (CHFP), launched in 2012, is named in honor of original Greyshirt and Marine Corps veteran, Clay Hunt … Read More

CHFP

Meet the Newest Cohort of Team Rubicon’s Clay Hunt Fellows Program: Cohort 19-2(N)

The Clay Hunt Fellows Program (CHFP) was created in 2012 to increase volunteer engagement and to build leadership within Team Rubicon’s domestic disaster response initiatives. The program was inspired by Marine veteran and original TR member Clay Hunt (1982-2011), who embodied service, commitment, sacrifice, and loyalty. There is no time wasted in the twelve months the Fellows serve … Read More

CHFP

Houston Rebuild – CHFP Leads the Way

It’s a cold gray Saturday morning in Houston, Texas, which is, in my experience as a longtime Houstonian, a rarity. This town has a way of making everything seem sprawled and disjointed, and stepping out of my pickup, I feel the characteristically stark, apocalyptic vibe it can generate beyond the densely populated and urbanized Interstate … Read More

In the Grey

Education

Fire on the Mountain—Or Not

At a disaster academy high in the mountains of Colorado, Team Rubicon volunteers learn to wield a saw, turn a skid steer, and prevent forest fires.

History and Culture

Life, Liberty, and the Freedom to Serve

For the 4th of July, six veterans and Team Rubicon volunteers reflect on military experience, service-to-country, and the meaning of independence in 2020.

In The Grey

Greyshirts Take on New Role: Father Figure

Some dads draft their kids into Team Rubicon’s volunteer ranks. Some kids draft their fathers instead. And some Greyshirts never get the chance to serve together, but find a father figure in the Team Rubicon’s volunteer ranks, instead. That’s what happened to Jazmin Marshall, Team Rubicon’s major gift officer for the Southeast territory. In 2019, … Read More

In The Grey

Fathers and Kids Prove Volunteering is in the Blood

Whenever Patrick and Ian Cobbs hit the road to deploy on a Team Rubicon operation, you can bet ’80s music will be blaring from the speakers. Ian has assembled a playlist specifically for this purpose, and every time he hears a song that he recognizes from “his father’s generation,” he adds it. Already they have … Read More

Education

Education

Fire on the Mountain—Or Not

At a disaster academy high in the mountains of Colorado, Team Rubicon volunteers learn to wield a saw, turn a skid steer, and prevent forest fires.

Education

Water Event Safety Tips

Have an Emergency Plan: When disaster strikes, it’s important to already have an emergency plan in place. Communicate with your family and neighbors ahead of time on resources, medicine, and anything else you might need in the worst-case scenario. Follow Instructions of Local Authorities: If requested by local authorities, evacuate early. Follow existing CDC guidelines on proper … Read More

COVID-19

Leading In (Novel) Crisis

Crisis situations test systems and capacity across all levels of government, the private sector, and our non-profit partners. The universal nature of a pandemic, puts extreme stress on systems and capacity, and we’re already seeing things bend—if not break—in areas that have otherwise proven robust. COVID-19 is stressing travel systems, health system capacities, and even the way we’re accustomed … Read More

COVID-19

Conquering Coronavirus Chaos

The United States has recently become completely overwhelmed with the chaos stemming from increasing infection rates and death stemming from novel coronavirus, otherwise known as COVID-19.  Our stock market has collapsed, our public health system is overwhelmed, all levels of government are failing in their efforts to coordinate -and worse, communicate. The scenarios are nightmarish. One question that should … Read More