VolunteerFort McMurray, Alberta - DRS Reconstruction Site

April 2017

Thank you for your patience and prayers as many hours of work and meetings have taken place since the wildfire last year. World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) is happy to announce that we are ready for volunteers to begin home reconstruction! 

  • Program: Disaster Response Services
  • Location: Alberta, Canada
  • Type: Individual
  • Length of opportunity: 2-4 Weeks
  • Skillset needed: Reconstruction skills are helpful.



This World Renew DRS managed reconstruction site in Fort McMurray is set up a little different that others in that we are partnering very closely with Mennonite Disaster Services (MDS).

MDS is taking the lead in coordinating the work projects and meal preparation for not only their volunteers but for DRS as well.

 At a typical DRS reconstruction site, there is a World Renew DRS onsite manager, construction supervisor, cook team, and reconstruction volunteers. The site in Fort McMurray is set up differently in that there are just two roles: reconstruction volunteers and a new, unique management position of Team Facilitator.

Main responsibilities of the Team Facilitator will include working with MDS to coordinate DRS volunteers, ensuring a quality experience for our DRS volunteers, and working with the team on the reconstruction projects.

Each of the following two-week sessions have space for eight volunteers for the summer of 2017.

·  Team #1: June 10 – 24

·  Team #2: June 24 – July 8 (This week may be adjusted due to Canada Day/US Independence Day.)

·  Team #3: July 8 – 22

·  Team #4: July 22 – August 5

·  Team #5: August 5 – 19

·  Team #6: August 19 – September 2

 *Updated April 25, 2017: Two changes have been made: 1)Originally the team size was going to be 10, but it is now eight, and 2) the original start date was May 13, but it is now June 10. Thank you for your understanding.

You will be reimbursed most of your transportation costs** to and from Fort McMurray if you volunteer for a full two-week assignment. If you volunteer for one week, all transportation costs to and from Fort McMurray are your responsibilities.

**Standard reimbursement guidelines apply and are available from the World Renew DRS office.

Housing is provided. DRS has two apartments in which our volunteers will stay.

MDS will prepare the meals Monday through Friday. DRS and MDS volunteers will eat breakfast, pack their lunches, and enjoy dinner together. The apartments have kitchenettes for your weekend meals.

Work Projects
MDS will be coordinating materials, work assignments, and tools. The DRS Team Facilitator will work with the MDS coordinator to ensure an adequate amount of work for your team. The MDS coordinator will assign your work according to your skill level and chances are you will work with both MDS and DRS volunteers on the home to which you are assigned.

To Sign-Up

If have already filled out an application, simply contact Diana, at dmarquez@worldrenew.net or 800-848-5818 with the dates you are available.

If you are new to volunteering with World Renew DRS, please fill out the application at worldrenew.net/drsapp to get started.