VolunteerLaBelle, Florida - Home Repair Mission Trip

This is in response to Hurricane Irma of September 2017. Click here to learn more about the 2017 hurricane season. 

The Labelle area was severely impacted by Hurricane Irma in 2017, with many of the families we will serve continuing to live in damaged, mold-infested homes. 

  • Program: Disaster Response Services
  • Location: Florida, United States
  • Type: Adult group, Youth group, Intergenerational group, School group
  • Length of opportunity: Less than 2 Weeks
  • Skillset needed: Home construction and repair experience helpful but not required.

Learn more about LaBelle, Florida here

Click here to see a video of the storm. 

This is a World Renew DRS Facilitated Site. What does this mean?

This means that experienced World Renew DRS leaders, called Facilitators, will be on site to welcome you and provide leadership in work projects and connecting with our local partner organization, the Florida United Methodists, in the Labelle area. These World Renew DRS Facilitators will be on-site for the duration of the work at this site. 

When to Serve in 2019: This site is open from January 12, 2019 - April 13, 2019. 

Work:  Drywall, painting, roofing, flooring, mold removal and demolition/clean-out.  Many people are still living in homes with mold and just trying to “make do.”

People Being Served:  The area around Labelle is ethnically-diverse, with some people in the area speaking primarily Spanish.  We will be working with elderly people on fixed incomes, low-income people and families.  Many people in the area are simply trying to “make do” the best they can and have been living for well over a year in homes with substantial issues.

Age Requirement: 14 years and older

Costs:  World Renew has allocated funds to completely cover the cost of housing groups at this site. Your group is responsible for your travel and food costs. Construction materials are provided by our site partners. As always, donations are always appreciated to help reduce expenses, but World Renew does not charge a fee for group mission projects.

Meals:  Each group will be responsible for planning/cooking/cleaning up after their own meals.  It is recommended that your group leaders designate one person from your group to help plan how meals will work each week.  If your group ends up scheduled to serve with another group, it would definitely be an advantage to work together on planning/preparing/cleaning up after meals. 

Labelle, FL, Weather: Click Here

HousingRiverside Camp and Retreat Center

  • Willis Dorm: housing for up to 32 volunteers in bunk beds (2 bunk rooms which each sleep 16 people)
  • Restroom/Showers connected to each bunk room
  • Central Common Room with Large Kitchen
  • 2 RV sites for Facilitators or Volunteers (if not needed by Facilitators)
  • Laundry on site
  • 200-acre riverfront camp property
  • Swimming Pool with limited, pre-arranged access for groups

Camp Photos: Click here and here

Things to Bring:

  • Sleeping Bag/Pillow/Sheets/Blanket
  • (sleeping on bunk beds w/ mattress)
  • Towel and bathroom items
  • Swimsuit/towel
  • Work clothes
  • Closed-toe shoes for job sites
  • At least one pair of jeans/pants for some job sites
  • Work gloves/safety glasses/dust masks
  • Casual clothing for “downtime”
  • Bible/journal/devotional book
  • Sunglasses/hat/sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Games/frisbee/football/free time activities 

Yes, we are interested! Now what?

Contact Chris Gibson at cgibson@worldrenew.net or 800-848-5818.