A Note From Our Chief Operating Officer

| Posted By: Ken Harbaugh
A Note From Our Chief Operating Officer

It’s been one hell of a year, and since last week marked my anniversary at Team Rubicon, I thought I’d share a few reflections on how far we’ve come. When Will McNulty and Jake Wood first approached me about joining TR 18 months ago, there were seven full-time staff members and fewer than 1,000 volunteers. The notion of becoming a truly professionalized disaster relief organization... Read More »

Blue Screen of Death Won’t Halt Our Progress

| Posted By: Patrick Ross III
Blue Screen of Death Won’t Halt Our Progress

The other day I had an encouraging conversation over the phone (who knew that cell phones could still function as telephones?) with one of our regional leaders. She shared how even when she dedicates in excess of 40 hours a week to Team Rubicon, there is still more work to be done. She bragged about how squared away her regional team is and how if... Read More »

Four T’s of TR

| Posted By: Erica Chomsky
Four T’s of TR

Team Rubicon is a multi-faceted organization with a dual mission of helping communities affected by disasters and veterans looking for another chance to serve, so it’s no surprise there are truck loads of moving parts that keep this engine running. We broke it down into four, easy-to-digest categories: Tools We’re talkin’ chainsaws, skid-steers, gloves, shovels, safety glasses, etc. We are as effective as our equipment, which is why it’s important we use it... Read More »

Coming Home to Team Rubicon

| Posted By: Brian Scoles
Coming Home to Team Rubicon

This month, we marked the 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the America’s centers of democracy and finance. These cowardly acts against the United States launched us into a decade of war and violence. Many of us have become fatigued with the seemingly endless war coverage and hunt for those responsible, and the scenes of soldiers returning home either dead or broken beyond repair.... Read More »

Cuss for Disaster Relief

| Posted By: Jeff More
Cuss for Disaster Relief

“Profanity is the linguistic crutch of the inarticulate motherf***er.” Those were the sage words of my friend, a former Marine armorer, whose words egged me on over the edge when I was waffling back and forth whether or not I was going to do a cuss jar for Lent last year. I’m not even Catholic, but I thought it would be a fun challenge. Five dollars per... Read More »

Remember Today and Serve On

| Posted By: Vince Moffitt
Remember Today and Serve On

The anniversary of 9/11 is always a difficult time for me as it is for most of us. As a patriotic and passionate American, it was a hard blow, but as a firefighter it seemed to strike even harder. I remember that morning well. I was getting off shift at the firehouse and was getting ready to head home. As I walked into the day... Read More »

College, Combat, and Community Service: How 9/11 Changed My Life

| Posted By: Jake Wood
College, Combat, and Community Service: How 9/11 Changed My Life

Thirteen years ago, I stood in a windowless basement cafeteria at the University of Wisconsin, staring transfixed at a flickering television screen. I watched in horror as men and women leapt from the burning heights of the World Trade Center; moments later I cringed as the second tower fell. My heart sank, and I knew we were at war. Fear—an irrational fear given that I... Read More »

If Not Me, Then Who?

| Posted By: Matt Pelak
If Not Me, Then Who?

For me, the morning of September 11, 2001 was actually the evening of September 10, finishing as I parked my car at home and headed inside to sleep after a long night shift as a paramedic on the streets of Poughkeepsie, NY. I could think of nothing I wanted to do more than just pass out and sleep until 2 p.m., then get up and... Read More »

Understanding Suicide

| Posted By: Gina Bartolomeo
Understanding Suicide

I know nothing about suicide. I know even less so about military veterans who commit suicide. I first became involved with veterans through work I did as a consultant at the VA several years ago. One day at work, I found Team Rubicon via a Facebook post on the VA’s page. As an employee, I felt like I didn’t know nearly enough about veterans, so... Read More »

Lessons from Dad

| Posted By: Christine Palmer
Lessons from Dad

I began volunteering for Team Rubicon after a Google search for international jobs. I filled out the application, spoke to a leader in Region 3, and a week later, I was hooked. I didn’t know the first thing about veterans of this generation, but my father, uncle, and great uncle served in the U.S. Navy, Marines, and Army, respectively. I was born with a love... Read More »