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.

Texas, San Marcos

Disaster: Flooding, May and October 2015
Project Managers: Doug and Mary Van der Meulen
Reconstruction partner organization: Blanco River Regional Recovery Team (BR3T)
VOLUNTEERworldrenew.net/volunteer/san-marcos-texas. This site closed for the summer on April 29, 2017, but will reopen in the fall of 2017.

San Marcos, Texas suffered severe flooding in May and October 2015. World Renew DRS completed two needs assessments in this community and opened a reconstruction site in March 2016.

Learn more about the flooding and World Renew’s response at Spring Storms 2015

 

Texas, Rio Grande Valley

Disaster: Flooding, May and October 2015
Project Managers: Joel and Angie Ploegstra
Reconstruction partner organization: Faith Communities for Disaster Recovery
VOLUNTEERworldrenew.net/volunteer/rio-grande-valley-texas. This site closed for the summer on April 29, 2017, but will reopen in the fall of 2017.

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.

 

California, Calaveras - This site closed April 2017.

Disaster: Fires, September 2016
Project Managers: Don and Gert Vos
Reconstruction Partner Organization: Calaveras Recovers Long Term Recovery Group

From September 9, 2015, through October 15, 2015, wildfires burned through more than 70,000 acres including areas of Calaveras County, California. World Renew DRS regional managers have been working with the community ever since. An unmet needs assessment took place in the county in January 2016 and home reconstruction began October 2016.
 

Saipan - This site closed in April 2017.

Disaster: Typhoon Soudelor, August 2016
Project Managers: Don and Gert Vos
Reconstruction Partner Organization: CARE CNMI
VOLUNTEER: All slots are currently filled for this reconstruction site which is operating from September 2016 - April 2017. 

After Typhoon Soudelor hit the U.S. Commonwealth of Saipan in August 2015, the island’s recovery group invited World Renew DRS to partner with them in rebuilding. Over the summer of 2016, DRS sent a scouting team and building estimators to find out how to serve the community. The recovery group then asked World Renew DRS as well as Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS), to help with home repairs. When FEMA provided invitational travel reimbursements to skilled carpenters, DRS agreed to provide six months of reconstruction services. 

Read more about Saipan at www.worldrenew.net/our-stories/understanding-needs-saipan.

Alberta, Fort McMurray

Disaster: Fires, May 2016
Project Managers: Henry and Linda Visscher
Reconstruction Partner Organization: Mennonite Disaster Services and NGOs Supporting Uninsured, Underinsured Recovery (NSUUR)
VOLUNTEER: The set up in Fort McMurray is slightly different from standard site set up. For more information visit worldrenew.net/volunteer/fort-mcmurray-alberta-drs-reconstruction-site. Volunteers will be working on home reconstruction from May 13 - September 2, 2017.

Incredible wildfires tore through Fort McMurray in May 2016, forcing 80,000 people to evacuate and damaging or destroying hundreds of homes.

Florida, Century - This site closed May 2017

Disaster: Tornado, February 2016
Project Managers: Doug and Pat Guikema
Reconstruction Partner Organization: Escambia Long Term Recovery Group
 

According to the National Weather Service Office, an EF-3 tornado directly impacted the rural community of Century in northern Escambia County on February 15, 2016. With estimated peak winds of 152 MPH, the tornado traveled 16.5 miles and had a maximum width of 300 yards. (www.bereadyalliance.org).

Volunteering at a Reconstruction Site

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 dmarquez@worldrenew.net

  • If you have any questions or have already submitted your application, simply contact Diana at 800-848-5818 or dmarquez@worldrenew.net.

All volunteers are required to complete a background check before volunteering. Information is available from our office.

When and Where

See Volunteer! at worldrenew.net/aboutdrs see the latest Opportunity Link with the most recent open dates.

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.

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 are partnering.

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 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. 

RVs/Travel trailers
Volunteers with RV/travel trailer are welcome and needed at several locations. 

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.

 

 

Long-Term Recovery Groups: Request Service

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.