PORT ARANSAS (KIII NEWS) - These individuals are adventures, they have RVs and a knack for helping others.
Volunteers with the RV Disaster Corps travel to help disaster-stricken communities, like the Coastal Bend.
Mr. and Mrs. Preciado have been in the Coastal Bend for months, volunteering in communities and giving back any way they can. The couple is from California but knew they needed to take a trip to Texas after Hurricane Harvey hit.
"It's heart wrenching," Elsie Preciado said.
They recall watching Harvey make landfall and instantly sought out ways they could help those affected.
"We researched their history," Oscar Preciado said.
Shortly after Harvey made landfall, the couple loaded up their RV and hit the road; headed to Texas for volunteer work.
Jamie Allnutt with RV Disaster Corps said this organization is under the Corporation for National and Community Service. What makes this branch unique is volunteers must be at least 55 years old and many of them are retired.
"The beauty of RV Disaster Corp is the ability to decide when you wanna go and how long you wanna stay," Allnutt said.
All volunteers have to do is apply online and if approved, they receive a brief training. Then, they choose the destination and load up the RV.
Allnutt added it's important that the volunteers have RVs because in disaster zones, there is already scare housing. With this program, volunteers are self-sustained and ready to work.
If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering, visit rvdisastercorps.org.
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