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Hurricane Counseling Hotline

$2,460 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 25 people in 13 months
Created August 29, 2017
About this campaign

This campaign is to fund the operations and promotion of the all-volunteer Hurricane Counseling Hotline and for in person counseling for both relief workers and victims of the hurricane and flooding in the regions affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The current referral lines are overwhelmed and unable to respond to the influx of needs.

The Hotline is currently in operation, having received generous sponsorship from BetterVoice, a digital phone platform, and also from QuantumMail for promotional materials including posters and business cards that are being distributed to hurricane shelters in the affected regions. 

Funds that are raised will be used to support the marketing and promotion of the hotline, and for costs related to travel to the affected region by Hurricane Counseling Hotline volunteer staff. 

If you are able to donate to support the Hotline, please do so via this GoFundMe Campaign. 

Volunteering

If you would like to volunteer for the Hotline, please complete the volunteer application.  In particular, spanish speaking volunteers are needed in order to provide support to Spanish speakers.

Apply to volunteer for the hotLine here.

About the team

Amanda Lee is the founder of the Hurricane Counseling Hotline. Amanda specializes in mental health and psychosocial support for both humanitarian staff and victims of natural disasters, war and violence. She is a native Houstonian who currently resides in Austin. 


Amanda's past humanitarian field missions: Sudan, Chad, Uganda & Liberia (Ebola), Somalia, Kenya, CAR, DRC, Nigeria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Jordan, India, Kashmir, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Nepal, South Korea, Indonesia, Greece, Serbia, Croatia, Macedonia, Western Europe, & North America. 


You can view Amanda's CV here:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/leeamanda/

And at her consulting website: 
http://www.amandalee.nl/

Budget and Timeline


The hotline is currently active, and will be operated for as long as we are able to secure funding to support the hotline. Included in the project budget are housing, food and travel costs to send volunteer staff to the affected region. 

Volunteer staff will liaise closely with local organizations and incoming international humanitarian organizations to build out the programs and man it with additional volunteers.

Acting Treasurer and GoFundMe sponsor Jack Miller will be managing the budget and disbursements so Amanda can focus on the work of operating the hotline, volunteer recruitment, and on-site relief work.
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Amanda picks up posters and cards to promote the hotline at Houston shelters this weekend. The hotline goes active this weekend with 6 volunteers taking calls!
Amanda heads back out
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The campaign has secured it's first corporate sponsor, BetterVoice. BetterVoice will be providing the virtual PBX System to allow incoming phone calls to the Hotline to be routed to volunteer counselors. We expect to have the Hotline up and running within the next day.

About BetterVoice:

https://www.bettervoice.com/

A personal shout-out to BetterVoice founder and good citizen Steven Knapp, who offered to help immediately when we contacted him. Thanks Steven, you are the best!
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Amanda's demolition and debris team is hard at work. If you want to follow them on Facebook, go here:

https://www.facebook.com/cypressdemoteam/?fref=mentions&pnref=story

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latest update from Amanda:

Thank you to everyone who has donated thus far. Please continue to share and donate to spread this much needed service to victims of hurricane Harvey. Today alongside Cypress Demo Team we assisted 10 families remove debris from their houses and provided psychosocial support. I've also been in communication with IsraAID to see how we can create complimentary psychosocial support programs.
We've begun building our volunteer therapist roster as well. If you or someone you know is a licensed therapist or counselor in the US and would like to be a member of the volunteer hotline, please pm me.
Love and blessings!
Amanda Lee
Donate Here:
https://www.gofundme.com/harveycrisisrelief
August 30th update from Amanda
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$2,460 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 25 people in 13 months
Created August 29, 2017
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