Disaster Response Services

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.

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.

World Renew DRS carries out its mission through services at every stage of recovery, in partnership with other organizations and volunteers.


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).



Find an Opportunity

 Visit worldrenew.net/volunteer or click an option below for information. Of course, contact drs@worldrenew.net or 800-848-5818 with any questions.


Monthly Opportunity Link

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*Background Checks

All volunteers must complete background checks before volunteering. Information is available from our office.


For Churches

DRS Sunday

Find how your church can support disaster survivors. Visit worldrenew.net/drssunday to learn more.

Disaster Preparedness

If a tornado came through your town on a Wednesday night, does your church have a plan for the groups that might be meeting at church that night? Are important documents in a safe place in the event of a flood? Visit worldrenew.net/prepare-disasters for a step-by-step develop a disaster preparedness plan for your church. 

Activities This Month

Below is a summary of planned activities for April 2017. Click here for a pdf of the below.



World Renew regional managers are taking care of the final details to set up a reconstruction site in partnership with Mennonite Disaster Services in response to the Ft McMurray fire of 2016. The plan is for this site to be open mid-May through early September 2017.




World Renew is sending volunteers to a reconstruction site in Angels Camp (Calaveras County). This site will permanently close at the end of April. There is a 1-week group volunteering in Yosemite this month.


World Renew continues to send volunteers to a reconstruction site in Century. This is in response to a 2016 tornado. Plans are for this site to permanently close in May.


There will be an unmet needs assessment team in the Albany area this month. This is in response to tornadoes that touched down in January.


World Renew regional managers continue to work with Rebuild Livingston to see if there are other ways to assist with the recovery. There are 3 one week groups in Denham Springs (Livingston Parish) this month. Groups are also in Baton Rouge and Robert.


World Renew staff continues to work with the long-term recovery group in the Detroit area in response to the July 2014 flooding. There will be a one-week group working in Detroit this month.


World Renew has a 1-week group in Springfield this month.

North Carolina

World Renew regional managers are in contact with recovery organizations to possibly set up a long-term reconstruction site in response to Hurricane Matthew of October 2016. 


World Renew continues to send volunteers to Saipan. This is in response to a 2015 typhoon. This site will permanently close in April.

South Carolina

World Renew regional managers continue to connect with long-term recovery groups in South Carolina in response to the flooding in 2015. A short-term reconstruction site has been set up and we will be sending volunteers there until mid-April. There is a one week group in Manning this month.


World Renew is sending volunteers to the reconstruction sites in San Marcos and Rio Grande Valley. These are both in response to 2015 flooding. These sites will close on April 29 for the summer and we plan to reopen them this fall.

West Virginia

World Renew has 3 one-week groups in West Virginia this month in response to 2016 flooding. 



Resources for World Renew DRS.

For questions on volunteering, donating, or our services, feel free to
contact World Renew DRS staff at drs@worldrenew.net or 800-848-5818.