Please see the 73 Homes Repaired in Texas article to see and learn about the work done in 'the Valley'.
Disaster: Flooding, May and October 2015. Rio Grande Valley suffered severe flooding in May and October 2015. World Renew DRS completed an unmet needs assessments in this community and a long-term reconstruction site is scheduled to open in September 2016. Learn more about the flooding and World Renew’s response at Spring Storms 2015.
Dates of Operation for Long-Term Reconstruction: September 2016 - Spring 2019
Project Managers: Joel and Angie Ploegstra
Reconstruction partner organization: Faith Communities for Disaster Recovery
Disaster: The destruction left after Hurricanes Irma and Maria (September 2017) on Puerto Rico will take many years and different phases to address. Learn more about the disaster and World Renew response at worldrenew.net/hurricanes.
Dates of Operation for Long-Term Reconstruction: January 2018 - ongoing
Reconstruction partner organization: World Renew DRS is working with more than one organization on the West and East ends of the island.
Volunteer: This site is set up differently from a traditional reconstruction as described on this page. Visit worldrenew.net/volunteer/puerto-rico-hurricane-maria-home-repairs to learn more.
How to Volunteer
If you are new to volunteering, please fill out and submit this Volunteer Application. Our Volunteer Program Manager will contact you to talk about next steps. You may also print off the application, fill it out, and mail it to World Renew DRS, 400 76th Street Suite 17, Byron Center MI 49315. If you have any questions at all, please contact Diana at 800-848-5818 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions or have already submitted your application, simply contact Diana at 800-848-5818 or email@example.com.
All volunteers are required to complete a background check before volunteering. Information is available from our office.
When and Where
See the accordions above and click here to sign up for the monthly Opportunity Link email for the most up-to-date opportunities at the volunteer sites listed above.
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. Both 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.
Cook crew: A team of three cooks plan and prepare three meals a day for 18-25 people, Monday – Friday.
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 are partnering.
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.
Bedrooms are provided for spouses. Individuals of the same gender will most like share rooms. Linens and towels are provided. There are common areas to spend your free time.
Volunteers with RV/travel trailer are welcome and needed at several locations.
Meals are prepared by a team of volunteer cooks. Your team will eat breakfast and dinner together, Monday through Friday.
Meals: Provided Monday - Friday
Travel is as follows and pertains only to travel in Canada and the United States:
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.
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 find out more about the possibility of a World Renew DRS reconstruction site in your community, please visit worldrenew.net/local-recovery-groups.