Disaster Relief at Work

Year Founded
Local Leader/Exec. Director
Greg Martin, Executive Director
Samantha Smith, Community Liaison/Event Coordinator
Kris Schmidt, Warehouse/Operations Manager
Primary Contact Name
Kris Schmidt
Main Address

DRAW HQ / Warehouse
3549 Airport Road #104
Waterford, MI 48329
United States

Mailing address
1556 N Telegraph Dr
Pontiac, MI 48340
United States

What We Do
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We aim to provide whatever the survivors of natural disasters need as soon as they need it. Our first response teams will help survivors sift through the remains of their homes to salvage valuables, move trees that have fallen and blocked them in their driveway, or just sit and listen as they grieve.  After a disaster hits, Disaster Relief at Work (DRAW) visits the site to assess the damage and needs of the survivors, and then returns with either supplies or a team to perform the work that needs to be done to help the survivors return to normalcy.

In May 2012, dozens of caring individuals came together to help form the organization and processes to meet survivors’ needs. At their rock bottom, disaster survivors need quick and precise assistance.  For those that would like to volunteer, DRAW has open volunteering available every week.  For groups of 10 and more, please contact Kris Schmidt (kschmidt@drawbuckets.org) so we can coordinate your own event!

DRAW relies on the commitment and support of thousands of volunteers across the country.  Contributions enable DRAW to prepare for disasters and respond effectively in the aftermath of an event.  Have a question about how you can help?  Contact info@drawbuckets.org for more information.

Starting in 2018,  The Coffee Bucket  was opened so people can come in for a cup of coffee to further support DRAW and hear about our mission.  Our baristas double as first responders, and 100% of proceeds go directly to helping those affected by disaster.  The Coffee Bucket is conveniently located at 3549 Airport Road, Suite 104, Waterford, MI 48329.  Stop on by, have a cup of coffee, and chat with us all things DRAW!

Interesting Info
  • DRAW responds to an average of 10 disasters per year
  • In the past 5 years, DRAW has provided about $1.5 million in supplies to disaster victims
  • Disaster Relief at Work is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit. Donations are tax deductible!
Geographic Location
Volunteer Opportunities

Wednesday Warehouse Open Volunteering
Repeats weekly at 9:30am for 260 times
Duration of 1 hour 30 minutes

Saturday Warehouse Open Volunteering
Repeats weekly at 9:30am for 260 times
Duration of 1 hour 30 minutes

Passing out supplies
Passing out supplies
Volunteers in Action
Group of Volunteers
Our Coffee Bucket Location