This page lists information on:
  • Posting job openings for hurricane survivors
    • Job opportunities available for hurricane survivors
      • Companies/organizations providing aid for displaced workers
        • Legal resources for employers wishing to hire hurricane survivors, and
          POSTING JOB OPENINGS
          To post a job opening targeted for a Hurricane Katrina survivor, click here.

           

          JOB OPPORTUNITIES IN FLORIDA
          To search for Hurricane Katrina related jobs in this system, click here.

          Agency for Workforce Innovation - Florida ReBuilds
          Workforce and education partners in Florida are offering an unprecedented opportunity in the construction industry for workers of all skill levels.  Specialized training is now available to teach workers the skills needed to enter a specific construction trade or advance the qualifications they may already have.

           

          OTHER JOB OPPORTUNITIES
          American Staffing Association
          The American Staffing Association has been working with its members, state chapters, and relief organizations to establish a database of staffing companies that have pledged to make finding jobs for Katrina survivors a top priority. Search among approximately 7,500 firms nationwide that fill jobs in health care, office/clerical, technical, information technology, professional/management and industrial occupations. Jobs include full- and part-time positions from entry to senior level, and many firms provide career services, such as résumé and interview preparation.

          Craigslist.org - New Orleans
          Craigslist.org, the hub for a network of 175 local classified-ad Web sites, lists jobs from employers throughout the U.S. seeking to recruit Katrina survivors. More than 1,000 ads for jobs from entry to senior level are posted, reports Jim Buckmaster, chief executive officer of the San Francisco-based network. Additionally, you can look for jobs on any of the local boards by searching for the keyword "katrina."

          Department of Labors Hurricane Recovery Job Connection - The Department of Labor has launched the Hurricane Recovery Job Connection, a new web site focused on supporting the transition back into employment for individuals impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. This web site is designed to assist three specific audiences: individuals seeking new, full-time employment either in their home state or in a new state; individuals wishing to assist in the clean-up and rebuilding efforts through temporary employment, and employers who want to list jobs supporting hurricane recovery efforts or want to hire workers impacted by the hurricane.

          Fluor Corporation
          In an effort to support the economic recovery of Hurricane Katrina victims and accelerate the rebuilding process in the region, Fluor Corporation has announced that it will set up several craft training centers and fund, at its own cost, the training of the first 1,000 citizens whose homes and/or jobs were lost by the catastrophic storm. Fluor's work for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of providing temporary housing units for individuals displaced by the storm will require a significant number of craft personnel. Fluor's rapid response in setting up craft training centers to educate individuals in virtually every civil craft, including electricians, pipe fitters, welders, equipment operators and riggers, will accelerate the recovery progress in the Gulf region. Once trained, these workers will be employed by Fluor, its Louisiana-based subcontractors and other construction companies to install temporary housing units and perform other related work. Individuals interested in training or craft employment opportunities with Fluor should register at www.jobs2help.com.

          KatrinaHospitalityJobs.com
          This job board provides displaced workers in the restaurant, hospitality, and retail industries an opportunity to find jobs nationwide. This service is free for both job seekers and employers.

          KatrinaJobRelief.com
          More than 50 industry associations and trade groups across the country are inviting their members and others to post jobs for evacuees at no cost. Job hunters and employers can post résumés and job openings at the site for free.

          Katrina.Jobs
          Powered by Career Builder, this site matches hurricane survivors with jobs. The job postings found here are specifically for Katrina survivors and are updated frequently.

          Louisiana Works
          The Louisiana Works site provides information for displaced individuals who wish to look for jobs back in their home state of Louisiana.

          National Restaurant Association
          The National Restaurant Association and Hcareers have partnered in developing a new job board developed specifically for displaced workers in the restaurant and hospitality industries. On this new site job seekers have free access to view thousands of industry jobs nationwide across the entire Hcareers network.

          Shaw Group
          Subcontractors and craftsman can apply for available positions in hurricane recovery assisting FEMA.

          Other websites that have job postings of interest to hurricane survivors looking for employment include:

          Professional Organizations

           

          COMPANIES HELPING DISPLACED WORKERS
          The following is a list of companies and organizations providing aid and assistance to their displaced workers:
           

           

          LEGAL RESOURCES FOR EMPLOYERS
          Lack of Personal Identification Documents
          Individuals rendered jobless by Hurricane Katrina may be hired without having to immediately furnish personal identification documents, such as a passport or a U.S. military card. On September 6, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will not sanction employers for hiring individuals who cannot provide original identification documentation needed to take a job. Because people have been evacuated from their homes and due to ongoing displacement as well as the loss of documents, DHS will refrain from sanctions and enforcement for 45 days for civil violations.

          Employers will still need to have I-9 forms completed to the greatest extent possible, but should make Hurricane Katrina notations where documents cannot be provided upon employment. Employers hiring Katrina-affected persons may present a receipt for the applications to replace documents within three days and the actual documents within 90 days.

          New Federal Hiring Incentives
          Congress has approved two bills to aid employers in hiring and retaining workers who are survivors of Hurricane Katrina. The first measure (H.R. 3768) is a tax relief package that includes new tax credits for employers that hire or keep employees who were affected directly by the storm.

          The other relief bill (H.R. 3761) will provide funds for the temporary employment of displaced workers through a set of emergency grants. The emergency grants will be distributed to the states hit by the storm, according to the rules and regulations of the Workforce Investment Act.

          The legislation will allow the grants to be used to create temporary jobs for displaced workers who cannot find work.

           

          RECOVERY, VOLUNTEERING AND DONATIONS
          If you need information about getting back on your feet after a hurricane, or if you would like to volunteer your time or make a financial contribution to the rescue and relief efforts occuring in the aftermath of the hurricane, this section lists resources that will guide you to organizations that can offer help. The section is broken down by federal, nationwide, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi organizations.

          FEDERAL
          Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA)
          FEMA's website contains information for evacuees and survivors, including applying for assistance, searching for housing, loved ones, and pets, unemployment information, and health and social programs assistance.

          GovBenefits,gov
          GovBenefits.gov has a variety of national benefit and assistance programs geared toward disaster recovery, such as:

           

          NATIONWIDE
          Adventist Community Services
          Adventist Community Services is a non-profit, humanitarian agency for the Seventh-day Adventist Church that works within the United States and Bermuda through more than 1,100 localities. The agency meets people's immediate needs through social services, including disaster response.

          American Bar Association
          The American Bar Association is committed to helping survivors, small businesses, lawyers, law schools, students, military personnel and others to cope with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. ABA-member lawyers can volunteer to provide legal assistance, find information on making donations for disaster relief and receive guidance on how to most effectively help the victims of the hurricane. The ABA web site also serves as a valuable resource for the general public, offering referrals, hotline numbers, assistance for military personnel, small business owners and others.

          American Red Cross
          The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers, will provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. The organization's website contains information for evacuees, a registry to help reconnect loved ones missing in the aftermath of the hurricane, and information on volunteering and donating.

          American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
          The ASPCA's Disaster Relief Fund provides information on how to make donations to support the organization's relief and rescue operations for animals affected by Hurricane Katrina. The site also provides a list of temporary animal shelters in the Gulf Coast region, as well as information on how to volunteer to help.

          Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
          As in past disasters, the ELCA Domestic Disaster Response to this hurricane will most likely include spiritual care for those affected by the disaster, care for caregivers, and hardship grants. The Lutheran Disaster Response also has urgent volunteer opportunities available.

          Hands On Network
          Hands On Network is leading a national civic movement bringing people together to tackle tough community problems through service. The Hands On approach inspires volunteers, creates leaders, and changes lives and communities through effective volunteer action.

          Humane Society of the United States
          The HSUS is leading a massive relief effort to rescue animals and assist their caregivers in the disaster areas. The organization's highly trained Disaster Animal Response Teams are working around the clock in New Orleans and Mississippi; the HSUS has more than 300 people on the ground doing search-and-rescue and staffing temporary shelters, and has rescued thousands of animals from New Orleans and other areas. The HSUS is in urgent need of both trained and untrained volunteers, as well as veterinary professionals.

          MissionFish
          MissionFish helps people support their favorite causes through trading on eBay. The organization provides a listing of non-profits and charities and the items they are selling on eBay to benefit hurricane victims.

          National Committee for an Effective Congress
          The NCEC has compiled a listing of various charitable organizations that are taking part in relief efforts in the Gulf Coast.

          Network for Good
          Network for Good is the Internet's leading charitable resource - an e-philanthropy site where individuals can donate, volunteer and get involved with the issues they care about. The organization's goal is to connect people to charities via the Internet - using the virtual world to deliver real resources to nonprofits and communities.

          North Shore Animal League
          North Shore Animal League America is the world's largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption center. The organization is performing rescue and relief operations in the Gulf States and is in need of financial contributions and donated supplies.

          Petfinder.com
          Petfinder.com has unveiled a comprehensive Animal Emergency Response Network helping companion animal victims and their caretakers during disasters. This is a collaborative database linking information from the public and emergency response organizations and making it available to rescuers, victims, and volunteers. The site's Animal Emergency Response Network enables evacuees and survivors to search for found pets, report a lost pet, or request a rescue of a pet left behind.

          Salvation Army
          The Salvation Army continues to serve survivors across the country with food, clothing, and other needs. A $100 donation to The Salvation Army will feed a family of four for two days, provide two cases of drinking water and one household clean-up kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets, and cleaning supplies. The organization is also recruiting volunteers to serve in areas affected by Hurricane Katrina.

          United Way
          In the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, many Americans are looking for a way to help. You may not have to go any farther than your own community to volunteer in a very meaningful way. Local agencies and organizations from across the country are sending staff and volunteers to the Gulf Coast every day. United Way has also activated a special fund in response to Hurricane Katrina. Every dollar donated to the United Way Hurricane Katrina Response Fund will be used to fund services that address both short- and long-term needs of the individuals and families affected by this profound human tragedy.

          Volunteer Houston
          Many survivors of Hurricane Katrina were evacuated to Houston, TX. The Volunteer Center website lists specific volunteer opportunities available in Houston for people willing to travel to Houston and assist in the relief efforts.

          VolunteerMatch
          VolunteerMatch is committed to helping channel desperately needed resources to disaster areas. There are two important ways that you, your family, friends and coworkers can get involved, and help make an important difference in the ongoing relief and recovery efforts - volunteering and donating.

           

          ALABAMA
          Alabama Volunteer and Donation Hotline:
          1-877-273-5018

          Alabama Donation Warehouses
          Please contact the Alabama Volunteer and Donation Hotline for more information:
          1-877-273-5018

          Alabama Governor's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
          The Alabama Governor's office has put together a page listing information about needed donation items, resources for financial contributions benefiting victims of Hurricane Katrina, volunteer opportunities (including those for medical professionals), and other resources.

           

          FLORIDA
          Florida Department of Health Medical Volunteer Registry
          The Florida Department of Health is responsible for the healthcare needs of a six county region in Mississippi, and the expertise of volunteer medical professionals will help bring much needed aid to the people of a region devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

          Florida Hurricane Relief Fund
          The Florida Hurricane Relief Fund is taking donations for the relief and support of Hurricane Katrina survivors coming into Florida, and also may be used for recovery should Florida sustain hurricane damage through the remainder of the 2005 season.

          MyFlorida.com
          The official State of Florida website lists comprehensive information for Hurricane Katrina evacuees who have come to Florida, and Floridians wishing to donate time or money to the relief effort. Topics include housing, finding heath services, schools, veterans assistance, financial contributions, and volunteer opportunities.

          Volunteer Florida
          The Governor's Commission on Volunteerism & Community Service has compiled a page of volunteer opportunities available for Floridians in the Gulf Coast states. Included is information about Florida Association of Volunteer Centers that are available throughout the state.

           

          LOUISIANA
          Louisiana Volunteer and Donation Hotline:
          1-866-334-8305

          Louisiana Donations Warehouse
          1102 E. Admiral Doyle Dr.
          New Iberia, LA 70560
          Phone: 1-337-373-2146

          American Red Cross - Louisiana Capital Area Chapter
          The Louisiana Capital Area Chapter website is frequently updated with information for evacuees and survivors on housing/shelters, locating missing loved ones, and other recovery and relief topics for the Baton Rouge and New Orleans areas.

          Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation
          The Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation has been established in order to help provide immediate assistance to citizens in need through a network of Louisiana charities, non-profit and governmental agencies, including clearinghouses like the Louisiana VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster). The Foundation is also designed to support long-term family restoration and recovery by focusing on education, housing, health care, legal assistance and jobs for Louisiana families whose lives have been altered by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

          Louisiana Serve Commission
          In 1993, the Louisiana Serve Commission was established in the Office of the Lieutenant Governor to rekindle the spirit of service and citizenship among the citizens of Louisiana.

          Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine
          The school is running an animal shelter at the John M. Parker Coliseum that has housed over 1,000 rescued animals at any given time. Veterinarians, technicians, and students from the School, as well as volunteer veterinary professionals from all across the country and Canada have come to the shelter to help. The school's website contains information on making financial donations to help fund animal rescue efforts.

          Noah's Wish
          Noah's Wish, a not-for-profit organization that works exclusively to rescue and shelter animals in disasters, is caring for hundreds of rescued animals at a temporary shelter in Slidell, Louisiana. The organization is requesting donation of supplies, as well as financial contributions, to help fund their relief efforts.

          State of Louisiana - Hurricane Recovery
          This website has been established to provide the latest information and resources regarding relief and assistance provided by the state government for citizens impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Topics include shelter and housing, animals and pets, survivor assistance phone numbers, education, business, and ways to provide assistance.

           

          MISSISSIPPI
          Mississippi Hurricane Recovery Hotline:
          1-866-230-8903

          Mississippi Multi-Agency Donations Staging Center
          The donation staging center is accepting donated goods. Please call the warehouse (1-601-969-6155) prior to delivery to ensure there is adequate staff to unload your truck.
          840 Boling Street
          Jackson, MS 39209
          Phone: 1-601-969-6155
          Fax: 1-601-352-5337

          American Red Cross - Mississippi Gulf Coast Chapter
          The MIssissippi Gulf Coast Chapter website is frequently updated with information for evacuees and survivors on housing/shelters, locating missing loved ones, and other recovery and relief topics for Biloxi and surrounding areas.

          Global Crossroad
          After mobilizing more than 600 international volunteers for tsunami relief efforts in Sri Lanka, Global Crossroad has started a Katrina cleaning volunteer program in Biloxi. This is a volunteer work in coordination with the Mayor's office in Biloxi. Most of the time, volunteers will clean the debris of hurricane from streets and private homes, as well as help the people at the evacuation centers.

          Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service
          Governor Haley Barbour has established the Hurricane Recovery Fund to assist Mississippians who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Goods, services, and financial contributions are wanted and needed. A call center, being operated by the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service, is matching volunteers and donations with needs statewide. Volunteers, donors, and those needing assistance are encouraged to call.

          State of Mississippi Official Site
          The official state website contains information on missing persons, housing, unemployment assistance, and donating to relief efforts.

          1-800-Volunteer.org
          Lists volunteer opportunities in Mississippi, specifically for people willing to help sort, package and redistribute donated items.