VolunteerSt Thomas - Disaster Response Mission Trip - *FULL*
**NOTICE: This site is currently FULL through summer 2018 and is not able to accept more volunteers at this time.**
In September 2017, major Hurricanes Irma and Maria barreled through the Caribbean, both making landfall in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The island community of St. Thomas experienced significant structural damage as homes and buildings faced sustained winds of up to 185 miles per hour.
- Program: Disaster Response Services
- Location: St Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
- Type: Adult group, Youth group, Intergenerational group, School group
- Length of opportunity: Less than 2 Weeks
- Skillset needed: Some reconstruction experience helpful but not required.
**FULL: This site is currently FULL through summer 2018 and is not able to accept more volunteers at this time.**
The congregation of St. Thomas Reformed Church (STRC) is actively helping its community recover and is ready to host volunteer groups. Join the efforts to clean up and rebuild after these severe storms. STRC is serving as a staging area for receiving and storing shipments of relief supplies and is providing food and other supplies to members of the community. In addition, STRC has partnered with local nonprofit My Brother’s Workshop to assist with providing free meals.
Key Scripture: “For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake” (2 Corinthians 4:5).
Volunteers are needed to help with cleanup and construction, including removal of debris, cleaning, putting up tarps, and organizing and distributing supplies. The community would also welcome musicians, teachers, and anyone with a heart for kids to help provide positive programming for neighborhood children. Volunteers to help prepare and serve food would be appreciated as well.
St. Thomas Reformed Church has a mission house for hosting groups. This building was not damaged by the storms and has two rooms with eight beds each, along with a living room that can sleep four. Bathrooms and a kitchen are available in the building. Since resources are limited on the island at this time, groups should plan to either eat at local restaurants or prepare simple meals in the mission house kitchen. **Do not book any airline tickets until you have received confirmation from World Renew regarding your desired dates of service.**
There is no set fee; however, we suggest a donation made payable directly to STRC of any amount to help offset the cost of hosting groups. Your group is responsible for all costs associated with your trip including travel and food. World Renew does not charge for planning mission trips.
Mosquito repellent, sunblock, work boots and gloves, snacks/food, towel, bedding (for twin beds), flashlight (in case of temporary power outage).
Photo credit: St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, US--October 12, 2017--Aerial views of damage caused by the recent hurricanes and blue roofs that are on roofs to help temporarily repair hurricane-damaged roofs. The roofs are being funded by FEMA and the program and installation is done by US Army Corps of Engineers. Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA.