World Renew's Disaster Response Services volunteers give of their time and talents to help clear debris, assess needs, and rebuild homes after disasters strike.

DRS SUNDAY 2016! 

Engage your church in 2016 by celebrating a DRS Sunday, celebrating Jeanne’s homecoming, three years after Superstorm Sandy. Take an offering for World Renew DRS and share the new materials with your congregation. Sunday, March 6th is the suggested date but feel free to hold DRS Sunday any Sunday of the year.

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About World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS)

Services Provided

World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) responds to disasters in a variety of ways. These include the following and are made possible by volunteers. 

  • Early Assessment - In the days and weeks immediately following a disaster, trained volunteers provide spiritual care to survivors, network with other responding organizations and gather information that will be used to plan longer term support.

  • Rapid Response - This phase of DRS' response addresses the clean-up needs through trained volunteers by mucking out flooded homes, removing downed trees and completing minor repairs after a disaster, especially covering roofs to protect homes from the elements.

  • Unmet Needs assessment - An Unmet Needs Assessment is the process of conducting a community survey to identify those with unmet needs, generally several months after a disaster when the local recovery group is operational and most homeowners know the financial assistance they will be receiving from insurance and the government. This information is then used by the local recovery group to respond to and meet the needs of those in their community.

  • Organizational Capacity Building - This phase of DRS' response provides training and guidance to local recovery groups, equipping them to expand their ability to help disaster survivors over the long term.

  • Reconstruction - When a relationship is built with a local recovery group to such a degree that DRS is invited to set up a long-term reconstruction site, a contract is signed and DRS sends continuous teams of skilled construction volunteers to repair and rebuild homes.

  • Group Mission Trips - Groups of volunteers from churches, schools, families or businesses work with a local recovery group in a disaster affected area doing work from cleanup to reconstruction.

  • Community Development Consultation - Helping local recovery organizations move from disaster response to addressing the long-term needs of their community is the last phase of DRS's work.

  • Construction Estimating - Trained volunteers make personal visits to homes to determine appropriate materials, skills and time required for repair and construction. This information is then provided to the local recovery group to use for planning the recovery process. 

World Renew DRS works in partnership with the National Voluntary Agencies Active in Disasters (National VOAD) and Church World Service (CWS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Periodically, stories of our activities may be seen on the Disaster News Network (DNN).

Mission Statement

  • To show God’s love and bring hope to disaster impacted communities in North America by restoring the homes and lives of those who are most vulnerable,

  • To help communities build their capacity to prepare for and recover from disaster, and,

  • To provide opportunities for Christians to honor the Lord by using their time, talents and financial resources in service to others.

Contact DRS Staff

Disaster Response Services
400 76th St SW, Ste 17
Byron Center, MI 49315
drs@worldrenew.net

Toll-free: 1-800-848-5818 ~ Local: 616 965-2355   Email Address

Ron Willett 
Director

 

rwillett@worldrenew.net

Pauline Mitchell
Program Coordinator

 

pmitchell@worldrenew.net

Kellie Scholma 
Communications Manager

 

kscholma@worldrenew.net

Sue Kuipers 
Systems Coordinator

 

skuipers@worldrenew.net

Luanne Mellema 
Administrative Assistant

 

lmellema@worldrenew.net

Becky Purdom 
Volunteer Program Manager

 

bpurdom@worldrenew.net

Art Opperwall 
Program Manager

 

aopperwall@worldrenew.net

Shirley Ritsema 
Assistant to Volunteer Program Manager

 

sritsema@worldrenew.net

 

 

 

     

Contact DRS Regional Managers

The Regional Project Manager (RPM) establishes relationships and logistics with local recovery groups, government bodies, and others. The RPM supports and advises local recovery groups during the formation stages, helping them to progress from an idea into an organization with the human and financial resources needed to carry out effective case management. In addition, they provide ongoing support for the On-Site Managers and Construction Supervisors for the duration of a DRS managed reconstruction site’s working agreement with the local recovery group.
 

Henry & Linda Visscher - Regional Managers
Cell Phone: 780-668-0700
Email: hpvisscher@telus.net
Provinces: 
Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba

Bruce & Christine de Boer – Regional Managers
Cell Phone: 519-614-2238
Email: bruce.deboer@sympatico.ca
Provinces: Ontario, Quebec, Labrador, Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island

Len & Carrie Blauwkamp – Regional Managers
Cell Phone: 616-826-3737
Email: lencarrie@gmail.com
States: Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, Texas, US Virgin Islands

Jay DeBoer – Regional Manager
Cell Phone: 253-209-5186
Email: deboerjay@aol.com
States: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, Wyoming

Garry & Lynne DenBesten – Regional Managers
Cell Phone: 616-881-1540
Email: glsden@sbcglobal.net
States: New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, also New York City and Long Island, NY

Rich & Pat Grasman – Regional Managers
Cell Phone: 616-450-6403
Email: richpatgrasman@comcast.net
States: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Indiana, Illinois

Doug & Pat Guikema – Regional Managers
Cell Phone: 616-745-3035
Email: dpguikema@hotmail.com
States: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York State, Rhode Island, Vermont

Eric & Nancy Johnson – Regional Managers
Cell Phone: 269-598-6483
Email: ejohn15560@aol.com
States: Florida, Georgia, South Carolina

Mark & Carol Martin – Regional Managers
Cell Phone: 319-330-3030
Email: markcarol@q.com
States: Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma

Don & Gert Vos – Regional Managers
Cell Phone: 209-815-8312
Email: dngrtvs@gmail.com
States: Arizona, California, Nevada, Pacific Rim, Utah

Rick & Bonnie Wiersma – Regional Managers
Cell Phone: 616-460-3238
Email: rbwiersma@charter.net
States: Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington DC

 

Volunteer FAQ's

General FAQ's on Volunteering

World Renew DRS depends heavily on volunteers to fill a wide range of roles in the process of disaster recovery. 

Volunteers are needed for all services DRS provides (see above) and there are opportunities for anyone to get involved.

Who can volunteer?
Couples, individuals, and groups (church, school, family, businesses). Age requirements vary but depending on the location,high school age and up is recommended. Some special accommodations may be able to be made for younger children depending on location.

For how long will I volunteer?
Generally it will be one to three weeks at a time depending on the assignment, location, and your schedule. There are opportunities for longer or shorter assignments as well.

What skills are needed and what roles can I fill?

  • Click HERE for a summary of role responsibilities

  • All construction skill levels

  • Reconstruction and non-reconstruction roles

  • Clean up after a disaster

  • Equipment and vehicles

  • Cooks

  • Management/team leaders

  • Advocates/representatives

  • Photography

  • More

Where?

  • Various locations across the United States and Canada as disasters occur

  • See the Needs Assessment, DRS Managed Reconstruction Sites, and Group Mission Trip Current Activities section below for details on the locations available. 

  • In the Byron Center, Michigan office and warehouse

Can I volunteer at home?
Yes, contact our office to talk about becoming an Area Representative.

What can I expect on a DRS-managed reconstruction site or when planning a group mission trip?
Please see the “Volunteering at a DRS-Managed Site” or “Planning a Short Term Mission Trip” under Resources below.

Do I need to fill out an application?
Yes. There are two different applications, depending on what you are interested in:

  1. If you would like to plan a short term mission trip for your church, school, family, etc, you will receive a customized application once your trip dates and location are finalized.

  2. For all others, if you would like to volunteer for the other DRS services (needs assessment, DRS managed reconstruction site, etc.), please fill out the Volunteer Application and send it into our office.

How do I get started? 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 800-848-5818 or 616-965-2355 or email drs@worldrenew.net. We look forward to hearing from you!

Thank you for your heart of service and we look forward to working together to share the love of Christ, rebuilding the hope and homes of disaster survivors.

Most Urgent Volunteer Needs

To receive our monthly Opportunity Link straight to your inbox, click here

 

Needs Assessment

World Renew DRS volunteers conduct community wide surveys to identify the disaster related needs (construction, household, emotional and financial needs) of vulnerable residents who might otherwise fall through the cracks. This information is provided to the long term recovery group (LTRG). Case managers use this information to make sure those most in need get the assistance they require and qualify for.

Volunteering for a Needs Assessment

Update for January: 

  • January 1-23 in Calaveras, CA in response to September 2015 wildfires.

  • January 5-23 in Hidalgo, Texas in response to October 2015 flooding.

Roles to Fill/Scope of Work

  • Interviewers: Conduct 45 minute interviews with disaster survivors, either door to door at designated addresses with another volunteer or at a walk-in center.

  • Data entry: Enter the surveys into the database.

  • Training is provided.

When and Where
Needs Assessments can take place across North America and are generally conducted four to nine months after a disaster. They are not scheduled until an LTRG requests the service. Once the Needs Assessment is scheduled, our Volunteer Program Manager begins notifying volunteers of the opportunity through phone calls, emails, and the monthly Opportunity Link.

Age Requirement
18 years of age and up.

Length of Assignment
Each assignment is two weeks long.

Food and Lodging
Lodging is generally in a motel, but can vary depending on location. Meals are provided or reimbursed for.

Cost
Travel, lodging, and meals are provided or reimbursed.

How to Volunteer
To get started, fill out and return this Volunteer Application. Becky, our Volunteer Program Manager will contact you to talk about next steps. If you have any questions at all, please contact Becky at 800-848-5818 or bpurdom@worldrenew.net

Long Term Recovery Groups: Request a Needs Assessment

To request more information on this service, see this Needs Assessment brochure and contact the Regional Project for your state. See ‘Contact DRS Regional Managers’ above. 

 

DRS Managed Reconstruction Sites

World Renew DRS has entered into a long-term partnership with the following communities, committing to sending consecutive teams of volunteers to provide reconstruction services to homeowners who need help restoring their damaged homes. Please consider volunteering at one of these sites this year.

Get started today by filling out and returning an application

Florida, Pensacola

Disaster: Flooding, April/May 2014
Project Managers: Don and Gert Vos
“The Florida panhandle was affected by four weather systems from April 7 through May 2, 2014, that produced historic rain fall, severe storms, tornadoes, and straight line winds. According to 30-year PRISM (prism.oregonstate.edu) data, rainfall exceeded norms by 200 to 600 percent. More than 25 inches of rain fell over a 36-hour period, and five panhandle counties received a federal disaster declaration (sic),” said Andrea Krieger, president of the United Way of Escambia County in Pensacola.

World Renew DRS sent rapid response teams to do cleanup after the storms and a September 2014 needs assessment team interviewed 300 families—identifying many vulnerable families who need help to return their homes to safe living conditions. The first reconstruction team began January 10, 2014.

Read more about our response to this flood, click here.

New Jersey, Ocean County

Disaster: Super-storm Sandy, October 2012
Project  Managers:
Rich and Phyl Grevenstuk
Super-storm Sandy ravaged the east coast in October 2012, leaving years of work to be done, long after it is forgotten by the news. DRS sent early response coordinators, rapid response teams, numerous needs assessment teams throughout New Jersey, New York, and Maryland. In September 2013, a reconstruction site was opened; teams are working in Ocean County as well as Atlantic City.

**This site is closed for the winter months of January and February. Work resumes March 2016.

Read more about our response to Super-storm Sandy here.

West Virginia, Mingo County*

Disaster: Flooding, 2015

In both March and April, and again in July of 2015, historic rains caused those small creeks to become raging rivers.  Hundreds of houses and mobile homes were flooded. 

This site will run from February – April 2016.

*The structure of this site is slightly different from our standard reconstruction site. Contact our office for details.

Volunteering at a Reconstruction Site

Where

  • Ocean County, New Jersey - a response to Super-storm Sandy, October 2012

  • Pensacola, Florida – a response to June 2014 flooding

  • Mingo County, West Virginia* – a response to July 2015 flooding.
    *The structure of this site is slightly different from our standard reconstruction site. Contact our office for details.

     

Roles to Fill/Scope of Work

  • Construction crew: Work will range from minor repairs to complete new builds and all home repair and reconstruction work in between. Those with home repair/reconstruction experience and helpers are needed.

  • Cook crew: A team of three cooks plan and prepare three meals a day for 18-25 people, Monday – Friday.

Skills Required
Those with construction experience and those who can act as helpers are needed. The World Renew DRS Volunteer Manager puts each team together with a balance of skill sets

Your Team
You will work with 18-25 other adults from across North America. Each team has an on-site manager who manages the day to day operations of the team and the site as well as a construction supervisor who manages the work projects.

Tools and Materials
World Renew DRS provides fully equipped tool trailers. Materials are provided by the local recovery group with whom we partner at each location.

Age Requirement
18 years of age and up.

Length of Assignment

  • September – May: A full length assignment is three weeks.  You can choose to volunteer for one or two weeks.

  • Summer:  A full length assignment is two weeks. Only northern sites are open through summer months. You can choose to volunteer for one week.

Accommodations
Bedrooms are provided for couples. Individuals of same gender may share rooms. Linens and towels are provided. There are common areas to spend your free time. The housing varies between sites:

  • New Jersey: At two community churches.

  • Florida: Three homes owned by Habitat for Humanity.

  • Mingo County, WV: At a community center.

RVs
RV hook ups are available in New Jersey.

Meals
Meals are prepared by a team of volunteer cooks.  Your team will eat breakfast and dinner together, Monday through Friday.

Cost
Accommodations: Provided.
Meals: Provided Monday - Friday.
Travel is as follows:

  • September – May: If you volunteer for the full three week assignment, you are reimbursed for most of your travel to and from the site. If you volunteer for two weeks, you are reimbursed for one way to the site. If you volunteer for one week, travel costs are your responsibility.

  • Summer: If you volunteer for the full two week assignment, you are reimbursed for most of your travel to and from the site. If you volunteer for one week, travel costs are your responsibility.

How to Volunteer
To get started, fill out and return this Volunteer Application. Becky, our Volunteer Program Manager will contact you to talk about next steps. If you have any questions at all, please contact Becky at 800-848-5818 or bpurdom@worldrenew.net.

Long Term Recovery Groups: Request Information

Each World Renew DRS managed reconstruction site provides self-contained teams of reconstruction volunteers, tool trailers, construction supervision, site management, and cooks. The long term recovery group is responsible for providing case management, materials, and assisting in finding a housing site for the volunteer teams.

To talk about the possibility of a World Renew DRS reconstruction site in your community, contact the Regional Project for your state. See ‘Contact DRS Regional Managers’ above. 

Group Mission Trips/Work Teams

World Renew DRS is currently sending volunteer groups of all ages from churches, families, schools, and businesses to the following areas to do reconstruction work for a week or so at a time.

Interested in coordinating a trip?
Please fill out this Getting Started form and we will be in touch shortly. For answers to more frequently asked questions, see Planning a Short Term Mission Trip and Preparing to Serve.

 

California - Yosemite National Park

DISASTER
Wildfire, September 2013

Scope of Work
This service work is involves working with the forestry service to help restore the area in and around Yosemite National Park. Although it's not rebuilding homes for families, the damage from the wildfires does affect a lot of families' livelihood, those that are dependent on the recreation industry. 

The work is just outside the west entrance to Yosemite National Park, along Hwy 120.   The scope of work consists of:
• Restoration of trails
• Fence reconstruction
• Installation of tree nursery
• Invasive weed removal before they have a chance to take over the burn areas.
• Preparation of Family Camp for summer
• Starting in late 2016, they will also be doing a lot of native tree planting.

There is a local coordinator who will assign work projects that are appropriate to the size and skill level of your group.

Age Requirement
All ages able to do the work are welcome; youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Skill Level Requirement
No experience necessary. The local coordinator will provide guidance on work projects.

Accommodations and Meals
You will be staying at the San Jose Family Camp.  The site offers rustic living - wood cabins (each cabin sleeps 4, includes cots w/mattresses) separate restroom/bath house, community room, kitchen/mess hall.  All 3 meals included.

Cost
$20.00 per person/night, payable to the local site coordinator. Your group is responsible for all costs associated with your trip. World Renew DRS does not charge for arranging group mission trips.

Tools and Materials
Supplies, tools, and safety equipment are provided. Volunteers can bring work gloves if they like.

What to Bring
Volunteers should bring sleeping bags, pillows, towels, toiletries; other general items may be requested/suggested by your host. A general list of what to bring can be found in Prepare to Serve.

Florida - Oskaloosa and Walton Counties

DISASTER
Flooding, July 2015

Scope of Work
General reconstruction; mucking out, gutting, mold treatment, remove and replace sheetrock, insulation, trim, roofing/siding, electrical, plumbing and flooring.

There is a local construction coordinator who will assign work projects that are appropriate to the size and skill level of your group.

Age Requirement
Generally, high school age and up. Youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.  

Skill Level Requirement
It is helpful to have a couple of people with construction experience in your group, but this is not required. The local construction coordinator will provide guidance on work projects.

Accommodations / Meals
Housing is at the Tri-State Camp, includes bunk beds, restrooms, showers and a kitchen to prepare your own meals.  

Cost  
$12.00 per person/per night, payable to the local site coordinator. Your group is responsible for all costs associated with your trip. World Renew DRS does not charge for arranging group mission trips.

Tools and Materials
Materials and basic tools are provided and coordinated by the local construction coordinator. Skilled tradesmen are encouraged to bring their own tools if possible.  This should be discussed with the local site coordinator during the planning process.

What to Bring
Must bring bedding and/or sleeping bag, towels, and personal toiletries. A general list of what to bring can be found in Prepare to Serve.

Florida - Tampa area

DISASTER
Flooding, July 2015 

Scope of Work
General reconstruction; mucking out, gutting, mold treatment, remove and replace sheetrock, insulation, trim, roofing/siding, electrical, plumbing and flooring.

There is a local construction coordinator who will assign work projects that are appropriate to the size and skill level of your group.

Age Requirement
Generally, high school age and up. Youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.   

Skill Level Requirement
It is helpful to have a couple of people with construction experience in your group, but this is not required. The local construction coordinator will provide guidance on work projects.

Accommodations / Meals
You will be staying in a Hurricane Shelter; the shelter offers cots, restrooms, showers and a kitchen to prepare your own meals.    

Cost
No charge.

Tools and Materials
Materials and basic tools are provided and coordinated by the local construction coordinator. Skilled tradesmen are encouraged to bring their own tools if possible.  This should be discussed with the local site coordinator during the planning process.

What to Bring
Must bring bedding and/or sleeping bag, towels, and personal toiletries. A general list of what to bring can be found in Prepare to Serve.

Illinois - Brookport

DISASTER
Tornadoes, November 2013

Scope of Work
Over 1,600 homes in a 10-mile radius were either completely destroyed or sustained major damage. There is inside work during the winter months. Current work consists of general reconstruction, framing, window installation, hanging doors, roofing, flooring, hanging drywall, mudding, sanding, painting, plumbing, and electrical projects.

There is a local construction coordinator who will assign work projects that are appropriate to the size and skill level of your group.

Age Requirement
Generally, high school age and up.  Groups including youth must have appropriate adult to youth ratio and adults who are able to supervise youth for work projects. 

Skill Level Requirement 
It is helpful to have a couple of people with construction experience in your group, but this is not required. The local construction coordinator will provide guidance on work projects.

Accommodations and Meals
There are several churches available for housing. Each offers restrooms, showers, open sleeping areas, and kitchen to prepare meals. Your housing location will be determined by the size and make up of your group. Lunches may be provided by local churches.

Cost
No charge but donations welcome, payable to the local site coordinator. Your group is responsible for all costs associated with your trip. World Renew DRS does not charge for arranging group mission trips. 

Tools and Materials
Materials and basic tools are provided and coordinated by the local construction coordinator. Skilled tradesmen are encouraged to bring their own tools if possible.  This should be discussed with the local site coordinator during the planning process.

What to Bring
Volunteers may need to bring their own air mattress/cot for comfort.  However, requirements for bedding will vary by location.  Plan to bring towels and toiletries.  A general list of what to bring can be found in Prepare to Serve.

Michigan - Greater Detroit Area 

DISASTER
Flood of early August, 2014, impacting Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb Counties

Scope of Work
More than 100,000 homes in the tri-county area had flooding in the lower level. Cleanup teams (including from World Renew) have worked diligently to do the initial debris removal and sanitizing. Most of the work now is reconstruction: insulation and drywall, flooring, trim, painting, etc. We are partnering with Southern Baptist Disaster Relief and other organizations that have a steady presence in the community. There is a local construction coordinator who will assign work projects that are appropriate to the size and skill level of your group.

Age Requirement
14 and above. For every 5 youth the team must provide a same gender chaperone.

Skill Level Requirement
No particular skills required, but highly preferable for each group to have at least one skilled person who can take the lead on group projects.

Accommodations and Meals
Accommodations are in a school in Warren, centrally located for where the work is. Bunk beds are provided—bring sleeping bags or other bedding. Three meals/day are provided—this is a large facility with capacity for about 100 volunteers, so meals must be centralized. Shower and Laundry trailer provided. Wi-fi available.

Cost
$25 per person per night, payable to the local site coordinator, with a $25 non-refundable group registration fee. This includes the accommodations and all meals. Your group is responsible for all costs associated with your trip. World Renew does not charge for arranging group mission trips.

Tools and materials
Materials provided. Some tools available, but more info on tools that would be helpful to bring will be available closer to the service date.

What to bring
Sleeping bag/bedding, pillow, towels, toiletries. Other details provided by hosting organization prior to arrival.

Missouri - Joplin

DISASTER
Tornadoes, May 2011 and April 2014

Scope of Work
General reconstruction projects in Joplin. Some work may be in Baxter Springs, Kansas, and Quapaw, Oklahoma, approximately 30 minutes from Joplin, both areas are recovering from the April 2014 tornadoes. Work consist of property clean up, general reconstruction projects, hanging drywall, mudding, sanding, painting, trim work, flooring.

There is a local construction coordinator who will assign work projects that are appropriate to the size and skill level of your group.

Age Requirement 
Generally, high school age and up.  Groups including youth must have appropriate adult to youth ratio and adults who are able to supervise youth for work projects. 

Skill Level Requirement 
It is helpful to have a couple of people with construction experience in your group, but this is not required. The local construction coordinator will provide guidance on work projects.

Accommodations and Meals 
Housing is at a church and includes a hot breakfast and dinner each day, bunk beds with mattresses, showers, and restrooms. 

Cost 
Groups of less than 25 people: $25.00 per person/night. For groups of 26 or more: $20.00 per person/night, payable to the local site coordinator. Your group is responsible for all costs associated with your trip. World Renew DRS does not charge for arranging group mission trips. 

Tools and Materials
Materials and basic tools are provided and coordinated by the local construction coordinator. Skilled tradesmen are encouraged to bring their own tools if possible.  This should be discussed with the local site coordinator during the planning process.

What to Bring
Sleeping bag, pillows, towels, and toiletries.  A general list of what to bring can be found in Prepare to Serve.

New Jersey - Union Beach

DISASTER
Hurricane Sandy, October 2012

Scope of Work 
Jobs include, but are not limited to demolition, drywall, painting, roofing, flooring, framing, plumbing, and electrical work.  There is a tremendous amount of work to be done in Monmouth County, as well as in surrounding counties. Reconstruction efforts are projected to continue through the end of 2016.

There is a local construction coordinator who will assign work projects that are appropriate to the size and skill level of your group.

Age Requirement 
Generally, high school age and up.  Groups including youth must have appropriate adult to youth ratio and adults who are able to supervise youth for work projects. 

Skill Level Requirement 
It is helpful to have a couple of people with construction experience in your group, but this is not required. The local construction coordinator will provide guidance on work projects.

Accommodations and Meals 
Volunteers stay at a church; some cots are available and all meals are provided.  Wireless internet is available.

Cost 
$150.00 per person for the week, payable to the local site coordinator. Your group is responsible for all costs associated with your trip. World Renew DRS does not charge for arranging group mission trips. 

Tools and Materials
Materials and basic tools are provided and coordinated by the local construction coordinator. Skilled tradesmen are encouraged to bring their own tools if possible.  This should be discussed with the local site coordinator during the planning process.

What to Bring 
Volunteers may need to bring their own air mattress/cot for comfort.  However, bedding/ sleeping bag, pillows, towels, and toiletries are necessities.  A general list of what to bring can be found in Prepare to Serve.

Washington - Okanogan County

DISASTER
Wildfires, August, 2014

Scope of Work
The greatest need right now is for fences to be rebuilt so livestock can be managed (860 miles of fencing) and also a lot of ash/trash/metal debris removal. In June 2015 they will start reconstruction.  Work may be in the cities of Pateros, Carlton, Brewster, or Twisp.

There is a local coordinator who will assign work projects that are appropriate to the size and skill level of your group.

Age Requirement
All ages able to do the work are welcome; youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Skill Level Requirement
No experience necessary. The local coordinator will provide guidance on work projects.

Accommodations and Meals
There are 5-6 churches that are available to provide accommodations.  Your housing location will be determined by the size and make up of your group. Depending on the facility, bunk beds and cots are available (you may want to or bring a single air mattress for comfort).  Showers, restrooms and kitchen is available for your group to prepare your own meals.  Grocery store is nearby.

Cost
$0 - $25.00 per person/nigh depending on the housing location available, payable to the local site coordinator. Your group is responsible for all costs associated with your trip. World Renew DRS does not charge for arranging group mission trips.

Tools and Materials
Supplies, tools, and safety equipment are provided. Volunteers can bring work gloves if they like.

What to Bring
Volunteers must bring their own bedding/sleeping bags, towels & toiletries, pillows. A general list of what to bring can be found in Prepare to Serve.

West Virginia - Lincoln

DISASTER:
Flooding, July 2015

Scope of Work
We hope to primarily to repair dozens of homes between January and April 2015. Those who are interested and able may also be involved with bridge-rebuilding which has been carefully studied and each bridge professionally engineered--volunteers are needed for certain manual labor pieces.

There will be a World Renew DRS coordinator on site who will help assign work projects that are appropriate to the size and skill level of your group.

Age Requirement
Generally, high school age and up. Youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by adults.  

Skill Level Requirement
It is helpful to have a couple of people with construction experience in your group, but this is not required. The local construction coordinator will provide guidance on work projects.

Accommodations / Meals
TBD

Cost
Transportation reimbursement available for those serving two weeks or more. Please contact our office for an update on any costs.

Tools and Materials
Materials and basic tools are provided and coordinated by the local construction coordinator. Skilled tradesmen are encouraged to bring their own tools if possible.  This should be discussed with the local site coordinator during the planning process.

What to Bring
Must bring bedding and/or sleeping bag, towels, and personal toiletries. A general list of what to bring can be found in Prepare to Serve.

West Virginia – Mingo, County

DISASTER:
Flooding, Spring 2015 

Unique to this Group Mission Trip site
There are World Renew DRS facilitators on site who will be your hosts and coordinators for the duration of your time on site (rather than one of our partner organizations). There is a good chance your team will be working and staying alongside other World Renew DRS volunteers.

Scope of Work
General reconstruction, drywall, trim, flooring, etc.  

The World Renew DRS facilitators will assign your team work projects that are appropriate to the size and skill level of your group.

Age Requirement
Generally, high school age and up. Youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.   

Skill Level Requirement
It is helpful to have a couple of people with construction experience in your group, but this is not required. The local construction coordinator will provide guidance on work projects.

Accommodations / Meals
Housing is at a community center. Some beds or bunkbeds may be available. For meals, you will coordinate with the DRS facilitators to plan meals that work for everyone on the site.

Cost
If you prefer to purchase your own food, there is no cost.
If you prefer meals to be provided, $10 per person per day payable to World Renew DRS.
There is no charge for accommodations, but donations to World Renew DRS or the local organization to cover some costs are encouraged. 

Tools and Materials
Material and basic tools are provided. Skilled tradesmen are encouraged to bring their own tools if possible.  This should be discussed with the local site facilitators during the planning process.

Long Term Recovery Groups: Request World Renew DRS Work Teams

If you are a community recovery group who coordinates week long work teams and would like to request World Renew DRS groups to help homeowners in your community repair their disaster damaged homes, please contact Art Opperwall at 800-848-5818 or aopperwall@worldrenew.net to learn more.

Rapid Response

Shortly after a disaster, volunteers help muck out flooded homes, remove downed trees, and do other minor repairs that allow survivors to return to their homes.

Volunteer for Rapid Response

When and Where?
Volunteer opportunities are based on when and where a disaster strikes as well as the needs of a particular community following a disaster.

Scope of Work
Muck out flooded homes, remove debris, chain saw work, mold mitigation, etc. Basically any type of clean-up required after a particular disaster.

Skills Required/Training
On-site training is provided and much of the work is quite physical. There are also opportunities to assist survivors emotionally and spiritually during a rapid response assignment and support the more administrative tasks.

Your Team
Each team will have an experienced leader who will provide guidance for the duration of your assignment. The size of your team will vary and may be comprised of experienced volunteers, new volunteers, and local volunteers from the community which you will be serving.

Accommodations
Accommodations vary based on the community but may be at a local church or school building.

Cost
Travel costs will be covered if you travel with others from the team for the standard length of time (generally about two weeks). If you will be traveling from a different location or at different times from the core team, you are generally responsible to cover the cost of travel. Lodging and meals are provided or reimbursed for volunteers while serving.

Age Requirement
Generally 18 years of age and up.

How to Volunteer
If you have schedule flexibility and would be interested in joining a rapid response team, please contact Art Opperwall at aopperwall@worldrenew.net or 800-848-5818. 

 

Preparing for Disasters

Disaster Preparedness for Church & Family

Help your family and congregation understand and put into practice preventative measures to prepare for the event of a disaster. Visit the Preparing for Disasters webpage to learn more.

 

Resources

Resources Available

Volunteering

Brochures

Celebrate DRS Sunday
Celebrate and support what the Lord is doing through DRS. Order materials (poster, DVD, and bulletin inserts and covers) for your church and collect and offering designated to ‘DRS Sunday’.

The Spotlight 
Newsletter for Volunteers

 

Activities This Month

California, United States

World Renew unmet needs assessment teams are working in Lake and Calaveras Counties (2015 fires). Two 1-week groups will be working in the Yosemite National Park in February.

Florida, United States

The World Renew volunteers continue to work in Pensacola. World Renew has sent construction estimators, unmet needs assessment volunteers, reconstruction volunteers, and rapid response volunteers in response to the spring 2014 flooding. These 349 volunteers have given 39,326 hours to assist those recovering from the flooding. A 1-week work group will be working in Okaloosa/Walton Counties this month.

Illinois, United States

World Renew Regional Managers are following up with Coal City after recent flooding and the June 2015 tornado. Regional managers recently visited Watseka to connect with the local recovery group and assess the initial damages after January 2016 flooding; they will continue to work with this community.

Michigan, United States

World Renew Regional Managers continue to work with the long term recovery group in the Detroit area in response to the July 2014 flooding. We expect to send another unmet needs assessment team in the spring. There will be two 1-week groups working in Detroit in February.

Missouri, United States

Regional Managers are following up on recent flooding in parts of Missouri.

Nebraska, United States

World Renew Regional Managers are working with the Nebraska VOAD to develop long term recovery groups in the areas affected by the flooding and tornadoes in 2015.

New Jersey, United States

In response to Hurricane Sandy, a World Renew-managed reconstruction site continues to have back to back teams of volunteers working on homes in Ocean County and Atlantic City. Volunteers have worked 96,396 hours in Ocean County & Atlantic City. 

North Carolina, United States

World Renew has ‘mini’ site in Washington. This is in response to the April 2014 tornadoes.

Saipan, United States

World Renew sent 3 couples to the island of Saipan to provide estimates after a typhoon in 2015 destroyed or damaged many homes. The couples were able to complete 126 estimates.

South Carolina, United States

In response to Hurricane Joaquin (October 2015), World Renew Regional Managers are making trips and/or conference calls to South Carolina, providing organization capacity building to recovery groups. Volunteers assisted with hurricane clean-up last fall.

Texas, United States

World Renew has a second unmet needs assessment team in the San Marcos region in response flooding 2015. An unmet needs assessment team recently finished in Corpus Christi & Hildago County (southern tip of Texas). Project Managers are working with the long term recovery group in San Marcos to arrange for a reconstruction site and building estimators.

Washington, United States

World Renew Regional Manager is working with the Carlton Complex local recovery group regarding the 2014 fires. The Regional Manager is also in contact with local communities that are experienced fires.

West Virginia, United States

World Renew has a mini-site from mid-January through mid-April. Three work groups will be working in Mingo County at the mini-site in February along with individual volunteers.