who serves

Military veterans and kickass civilians can join and deploy with Team Rubicon on domestic and international disaster operations. If you're committed to serving those in need, there's a spot for you on the Team.

What it's like to serve

Volunteering with Team Rubicon is not easy. You'll dig deep, get dirty, and work hard. You'll be challenged.

Why we serve

Disasters can happen anywhere at any time. Team Rubicon exists to provide the greatest service and impact to survivors and communities in need, no matter where. Simply put, we help people on their worst days.

Team Rubicon is built to serve.

What are you built for?

we value your time

Registering online as a volunteer takes only 30 minutes and there is no time commitment - you serve when you can.

    TRAINING TIME   TIME TO DEPLOY
Service Project
None
4-8 Hours
Local Operation
3 Hours
1 Day Minimum
Domestic Operation
3 Hours
1 Week
International Operation
3 Hours
2 Weeks

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Stories of Service Albert Yao

US Army Reserve

I'm thankful for the opportunity to come back and serve.

I spent a day and a half on Operation Palmetto Punch before reporting to Fort Bragg for drill with the Army Reserve. When I returned to Columbia Monday morning and swapped my ACU for my grey shirt and red hat. In less than 24 hours I went from grading physical fitness tests to digging out ruined belongings and insulation out of a crawlspace. I'm thankful for the opportunity to come back and serve the people of South Carolina, and for the seamless transition between uniforms.

How much of my time is required as a volunteer?

There is no time commitment - register and we'll get you out to the field when you have availability to deploy. Generally, domestic operations will require a week of your time, but potentially less if you are local to the response.

Do I have to be a veteran to join Team Rubicon?

Nope. While roughly 70% of our volunteer base consists of veterans and active duty military, anyone is welcome to join the Team so long as you're willing to serve those in need. We'll train you up so you're ready for whatever Mother Nature tosses at us.

How much does it cost?

Team Rubicon goes to great lengths to make sure that volunteers don’t incur expenses while on operations. When a volunteer is activated through official channels, their transportation, meals, and lodging are paid for. Team Rubicon will also provide the necessary equipment and supplies, but asks that volunteers bring their own personal gear (good work boots, proper clothing, travel bag, personal hygiene kit, etc).

What do Team Members do on operations?

Each disaster is its own unique situation, and TR will always tailor its response in order to make the largest impact possible. While many of our operations address gaps in aid during emergent disasters, Team Rubicon will also deploy teams in proactive settings, which can be planned months in advance.

Who goes on operations?

Any Team Rubicon member who has completed his or her volunteer profile and the initial online training steps is eligible for deployment. Some missions will require a specialized set of skills or geographic proximity to the disaster zone. When Team Rubicon deploys, TR Staff and the incident commander work to ensure the teams on the ground are properly equipped and prepared for the situation. International missions usually require a specialized skill set and a valid passport.

What is the background check vetting criteria?

Our background check exists to ensure a safe operating environment for our members and the communities we serve. We are not interested in speeding tickets or misdemeanors.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much of my time is required as a volunteer?

There is no time commitment - register and we'll get you out to the field when you have availability to deploy. Generally, domestic operations will require a week of your time, but potentially less if you are local to the response.

Do I have to be a veteran to join Team Rubicon?

Nope. While roughly 70% of our volunteer base consists of veterans and active duty military, anyone is welcome to join the Team so long as you're willing to serve those in need. We'll train you up so you're ready for whatever Mother Nature tosses at us.

I am disabled or have physical limitations. Can I still volunteer?

Yes, absolutely. There are many roles in disaster response, many of which are perfectly suited for a veteran with physical limitations. We only ask that you know your own limitations.

What do Team Members do on operations?

Each disaster is its own unique situation, and TR will always tailor its response in order to make the largest impact possible. While many of our operations address gaps in aid during emergent disasters, Team Rubicon will also deploy teams in proactive settings, which can be planned months in advance.

What is the background check vetting criteria?

Our background check exists to ensure a safe operating environment for our members and the communities we serve. We are not interested in speeding tickets or misdemeanors.

Who goes on operations?

Any Team Rubicon member who has completed his or her volunteer profile and the initial online training steps is eligible for deployment. Some missions will require a specialized set of skills or geographic proximity to the disaster zone. When Team Rubicon deploys, TR Staff and the incident commander work to ensure the teams on the ground are properly equipped and prepared for the situation. International missions usually require a specialized skill set and a valid passport.

Can I still deploy internationally if I don’t have any medical qualifications?

Yes! We're looking for volunteers who can navigate the fast-paced and dangerous terrain of international disaster response. International operations are huge lifts that require specialists from all functions. The process to deploy internationally is the same for all personnel.

How do I start signing up for operations? How will I be notified? Why haven't received any in the past?

When an operation is approved, a notification will be sent out to members within a 450-mile radius of the incident (so make sure your address and region are accurate in your profile). If you are not receiving the notifications:•Ensure your email address is up to date in Roll Call.•Check your spam filters aren’t catching emails from [email protected]•Check that you have not unsubscribed from TR emails.•Click to re-subscribe to TR emails here.

How much does it cost?

Team Rubicon goes to great lengths to make sure that volunteers don’t incur expenses while on operations. When a volunteer is activated through official channels, their transportation, meals, and lodging are paid for. Team Rubicon will also provide the necessary equipment and supplies, but asks that volunteers bring their own personal gear (good work boots, proper clothing, travel bag, personal hygiene kit, etc).

May I bring a firearm to Team Rubicon events or operations?

No. We leave firearms, illegal knives, or any other weapon at home. I'm licensed to carry the weapon? No. I'm keeping it in my personally owned vehicle? Still no.

Disaster has hit and I can't stand by and wait. I'm on my way to the site.

Do not self-deploy under any circumstance. We you're eager get to the field cause we're built the same way: wanting to help those who need it most. To deploy, knock out the deployment requirements and register your availability. If you raise your hand to help, we'll call on you.

Where's my grey shirt?!

At Team Rubicon, we earn our grey shirts. Get out to a service project or deploy on an op to step into the grey and get your hands on a grey shirt.

Can I bring my service animal?

Yes. The furrier, the merrier!

Which ICS certifications does Team Rubicon look for?

•For those of us who want to just go to work. ICS 100 & 700•If you are stepping into a leadership position: 100, 200, 700 & 800.•If you want to be on the Command and General Staff on an operation: 300 & 400

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Whether you’re a military veteran or a civilian, you can help us with domestic and international operations.