VolunteerOttawa, Illinois - Disaster Response Mission Trip

This is in response to a February 2017 tornado.

  • Program: Disaster Response Services
  • Location: Illinois, United States
  • Type: Adult group, Youth group, Intergenerational group, School group
  • Length of opportunity: Less than 2 Weeks
  • Skillset needed: Some reconstruction experience is helpful. Particular need for roofers.


Scope of Work
A storm system on Feb 23, 2017, caused extensive damage around the midwest. Particularly hard-hit was the small town of Ottawa, IL, which experienced a tornado that damaged roofs, and did other significant damage. In particular, there are 2 homes in urgent need of having their roof stripped and re-shingled.

There is a local construction coordinator who will assign work projects that are appropriate to the size and skill level of your group.

Age Requirement
Age 14+. Those under 18 must be well-supervised and instructed.

Skill Level Requirement
Those willing and able to do roofing are particularly needed in the short term. There also are many other kinds of repair jobs. It would be beneficial to have some skilled people along with general helpers/learners.

Accommodations and Meals
Housing is in various churches around the community. In each case, there are showers and a kitchen available. Details available after exact location is determined. Bring bedding, pillow, towels.

Depending on the location, the cost will range from a donation to $10/person/night, payable to the local site coordinator. Your group is responsible for all costs associated with your trip. World Renew DRS does not charge for arranging group mission trips.

Tools and Materials
Materials and basic tools are provided and coordinated by the local construction coordinator. Skilled tradesmen are encouraged to bring their own tools if possible.  This should be discussed with the local site coordinator during the planning process.

What to Bring
Must bring bedding and/or sleeping bag, towels, and personal toiletries. A general list of what to bring can be found in Preparing to Serve.


YES! We're interested. What's the first step?

Fill out this short form at bit.ly/PlanMissionTrip to get started. Feel free to call Art at 800-848-5818 or email aopperwall@worldrenew.net.