VolunteerHammond, Louisiana - DRS Reconstruction Site

A response flooding in March and August 2016.

The parish in which Hammond is located (Tangipahoa) was hard hit by flood waters in 2016. In November 2016, and at the request of the parish, World Renew conducted an unmet needs assessment to help make sure those at risk of falling through the cracks after the flooding were not forgotten. In January 2018, a long-term reconstruction site opens and will provide consistent volunteer reconstruction labor to repair damaged homes.

  • Program: Disaster Response Services
  • Location: Louisiana, United States
  • Type: Individual
  • Length of opportunity: 2-4 Weeks
  • Skillset needed: Cooks and reconstruction (reconstruction experience helpful but not required).


How to Volunteer

If you are new to volunteering, please click here to 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 or have already submitted your application, simply contact Diana at 800-848-5818 or dmarquez@worldrenew.net.

When to Volunteer

A full-length assignment is three weeks.  You may, however, choose to volunteer for one or two weeks. See 'Cost' below for reimbursement details.

Fall 2018 dates:

  • Team #1 Sept 22-Oct 13
  • Team #2 Oct 13-Nov 3
  • Team #3 Nov 3-Nov 24
  • Team #4 Nov 24-Dec 15

2019 dates:

  • Team #5 Jan. 12-Feb. 2     
  • Team #6 Feb. 2-23
  • Team #7 Feb. 23-March 16:    
  • Team #8 March 16-April 6
  • Team #9 April 6-27

Roles to Fill/Skills Needed

  • Construction crew: Work will range from minor repairs to complete new builds and all home repair and reconstruction work in between. Those with home repair/reconstruction experience and 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. Those with experience in preparing meals for groups as well as those willing to work in the kitchen are needed.

Your Team

You will work with 18-25 other adults from across North America. Each team has a World Renew DRS on-site manager who manages the day to day operations of the team and a World Renew DRS 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.


Housing is at a camp with a variety of bedroom setups. Bedrooms are provided for couples. Individuals of the same gender may share rooms. Linens and towels are provided. There are common areas to spend your free time. 

RV Hookup

There are several hook-ups for RV/travel trailers.


Meals are prepared by a team of volunteer cooks.  Your team will eat breakfast and dinner together, Monday through Friday.


  • Accommodations: Provided
  • Meals: Provided Monday - Friday
  • Travel is as follows, within the US and Canada only:
    -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.



Project Managers: Harv and Verla Klaver
Reconstruction partner organization: