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 involves trained volunteers conducting a community survey to identify disaster survivors 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. The local recovery group uses this information 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.

  • Home Reconstruction - World Renew DRS volunteers give their time and skills to repair disaster-damaged homes. Individuals, couples, and groups volunteer for varying lengths of time depending on the time of year, type of DRS reconstruction opportunity, and preference of the volunteers. This work is always done with a local recovery group in disaster-affected communities.

  • 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) the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), other national disaster response organizations, and many local recovery groups. 



Getting started

Click for General Volunteer FAQ's and visit worldrenew.net/volunteer to find all opportunities.


What are the current opportunities? 

Updated volunteer opportunities are sent out each month in the Opportunity Link email. Click here for a summarized pdf of this month’s most urgent and timely volunteer opportunities. | Sign up here to receive this each month via email.


I am looking for an opportunity for:

Myself and/or one or two other adults:

Click below for information on the following opportunities or visit worldrenew.net/volunteer.

  • DRS Managed Reconstruction Sites (1-3 weeks at a time): Click here to learn more.

  • Needs Assessment: Click here to learn more.

  • Rapid Response (clean-up): Click here to learn more.

Ready to get started? If you haven't filled out a volunteer application yet, please do so at worldrenew.net/drsapp. Contact Diana Marquez at 800-848-5818 or dmarquez@worldrenew.net with questions.

A group mission trip

To plan a week-long mission trip with your church, family, school, or business, visit worldrenew.net/volunteer to see the opportunities. 

Ready to get started? Fill out this short form and we will contact you. If you are not sure which location would be the best fit for your group, or if you just have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the office at drs@worldrenew.net or 800-848-5818 with any questions. 


*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 guide to develop a disaster preparedness plan for your church. 

Activities This Month

A summary of planned activities for August 2018:


British Columbia
• Partnering with Mennonite Disaster Services, World Renew DRS volunteers are in William’s Lake repairing homes damaged by 2017 wildfires.
• Providing financial support to build new homes for three families who lost their homes to 2017 wildfires.
• Monitoring the wildfires currently burning across BC.

• Monitoring the wildfires in Northern Ontario.


• Wildfires are burning throughout the state, covering over 230,000 acres. World Renew DRS has been on daily conference calls to monitor the situation.
• A needs assessment will take place in Santa Rosa/Sonoma County in September in response to past wildfires.
• There is a one week group in Lake County this month helping with some home repairs from past wildfires and caring for evacuees of the current wildfires.

• A needs assessment is taking place in Orange County and one is in the planning stages for Glades County. Both are in response to Hurricane Irma.

• A needs assessment was recently completed in Glynn and Macintosh Counties. A request has come in for an assessment from Savannah and Chatham Counties. Both are in response to Hurricane Irma.

• Monitoring spring flooding incidences across the states.

• Monitoring the impact of the Pella tornado which hit in July, and offering to help with the formation of long-term recovery committees.
• Preparing to re-open the long-term reconstruction site in Hammond this fall after closing for the summer.

• Monitoring flooding throughout the entire state.

North Dakota
• Monitoring heavy rain and localized flooding.

• Monitoring fires in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana.

Puerto Rico
• Attended a two-day summit which sought to establish communications channels and create collaborative bridges for long-term response to the 2017 hurricanes.
• Continuing to meet with local organizations to plan for long-term home reconstruction projects.
• Two work teams are in Puerto Rico in August, one on each end of the island, repairing homes damaged by Hurricane Maria.

• A new long-term reconstruction site is opening this fall in Galveston in response to Hurricane Harvey.
• The long-term site in Rio Grande Valley (repairing homes damaged by flooding in 2015) will be opening up this fall after closing for the summer. This community experienced significant flooding this summer once again.

• Monitoring pockets of flash flooding throughout the state.

• Monitoring flooding throughout the entire state.


Click here for resources for World Renew DRS.

Find World Renew's Annual Report at worldrenew.net/ministryreport.


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