Forward Watch

Forward Watch: 15 October 2021

Team Rubicon is actively responding in 14 communities across the country and planning to deploy response teams in 10 additional locations. Keep reading for a breakdown on how Team Rubicon is serving those in need. 






With temperatures dropping in the Midwest, The Minnesota Twins Baseball Club stepped up to support to our Afghan guests in need of warm clothing. 

In partnership with the Twins and their home base Target Field, Team Rubicon hosted a donation drive on October 9, to collect winter clothing for Afghan families at Fort McCoy in Wisconsin and Camp Atterbury in Indiana — two bases Team Rubicon is currently supporting. 

Thanks to the generous donors in the area, a total of 40 pallets of clothing were collected.


 Team Rubicon CEO Art delaCruz was at the drive and here’s what he had to say. 

Currently, 1013 Greyshirts are volunteering across seven bases, supporting with the management of donated goods and setting up logistics at each donation point for collections and distribution.

To date, $11.9 million dollars worth of items have been distributed across the following locations: 

  • Wisconsin at Volk Field & Fort McCoy  
  • New Jersey at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst  
  • New Mexico at Doña Ana Range / Holloman Air Force Base  
  • Virginia at Quantico  
  • Virginia at Fort Pickett 
  • Indiana at Camp Atterbury 

Team Rubicon will continue assisting with housing accommodation set-up for newly arrived Afghan families in Denver, Colorado.

At the Dulles International Airport reception point, teams are providing site management and logistical support for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management in coordination with the Emergency Repatriation Center’s efforts.

A volunteer interpreter with Team Rubicon is providing translation service for COVID-19 vaccinations at the Dulles Expo Center. 

Donation and partnership inquiries should go to [email protected] 

Learn how you can get involved in our humanitarian efforts welcoming arriving Afghan guests to the U.S.


Since operations began, Greyshirts have mucked out homes, tarped roofs, cleared damaged trees with chainsaws, and used heavy equipment to remove debris from over 440 homes in the following Louisiana parishes and northeastern states:

  • Tangipahoa, Louisiana

  • St. Charles, Missouri

  • St. John the Baptist, Louisiana

  • Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana

  • Wilmington, Delaware

  • Manville, New Jersey

    The operations in New Castle County, DE, Somerset County, NJ and Tangipahoa and Livingston Parish, have been completed. While Greyshirts continue to respond in Louisiana, operations at St. Charles and St. John the Baptist is set to continue until October 24, with the rest of the locations set to continue until October 31.

 Learn more about our hurricane responses here.




Team Rubicon, along with our partners, are supporting first responders and the medical community by assisting in COVID-19 vaccination delivery and distribution.

Since September 21, Team Rubicon has been supporting vaccine distribution in Teton County. The operation is set to last till October 17.

Team Rubicon had returned to the Navajo Nation on August 15 after an increase in COVID-19 cases due to the Delta variant strain. Greyshirts assisted medical staff in seeing over 1500 patients and have successfully completed the third support mission to help fight against COVID in the Navajo Nation.


Take a look into how Team Rubicon volunteers go above and beyond each and every day to aid the Navajo Nation in the fight against COVID-19 below.




Team Rubicon is continuing to provide fire mitigation services to help lessen the impact of wildfires. An operation in Boulder, Colorado is set to begin on October 22 where Greyshirts will use chainsaws to remove dead and fallen trees.



Team Rubicon supports the community in all parts of the disaster cycle. Resilient home repair on wood-framed, single-family houses is the primary focus of our Rebuild program. Depending on the damage, this may include roof repair, floor replacement, wall and ceiling installation, door and window replacement, and additional interior and exterior work required for restoration.


After Team Rubicon’s three-month response to Hurricane Harvey in 2017, the organization launched a two-year recovery effort to rebuild homes in the Houston area.

In Houston, 111 homes have been rebuilt to date, three are under construction and three are in planning.


In other states along the Gulf Coast, 13 homes have been rebuilt, 11 are under construction and two have been approved and are in the planning phase.

Four homes have been approved for rebuild in Haines.

Hear one homeowner’s story and learn more about the impact of Team Rubicon’s home rebuild efforts.