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Leadership and RV Volunteer Needs

Leadership Volunteer Needs

Updated: September 27, 2022

Learn more about Leadership Volunteers, what they do, and how to become one.

As of June 13, 2022, the following is required to cross the border: Travelers must be fully vaccinated to cross the Canada-U.S. border, and MDS volunteers do not meet the requirements for exemption as essential workers. No COVID-19 testing is required to cross the border. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator in your country with questions about crossing the border to serve with MDS.

Eastern KY

Description: On July 28, 2022, torrential rains hit Eastern Kentucky, washing out homes and roads forcing people to seek shelter on rooftops. 37 people reported dead, many other had to be rescued. The steep slopes of the Appalachians allow water to rush quickly into the narrow valleys below, sometimes swamping hollows before residents have a chance to escape. In this storm, residents had 20 minutes. A three-inch rain will cause flooding – these torrential rains produced 8 – 12 inches in less than ten hours.

Available Date Ranges
Oct 1 - 29Head Cook
Oct 1 - 29Crew Leader
Oct 26 - Nov 26Project Director
Oct 26 - Nov 26Office Manager
Nov 23 - Dec 17Project Director
Nov 23 - Dec 17Office Manager
Oct 29 - Dec 17Two Crew Leaders
Oct 29 - Dec 17Head Cook
Oct 29 - Dec 17Assistant Cook
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Jennings, LA

Description: Hurricane Laura struck Louisiana on August 26, 2020 as a Category 4 hurricane. This hurricane was the tenth-strongest U.S. hurricane landfall by wind speed on record, with peak winds of 150 mph. On October 9, 2020 Hurricane Delta struck Louisiana in the same areas that were significantly affected by Hurricane Laura. Many homeowners had not returned home yet from evacuating from Hurricane Laura, and many homes still had tarps on their roofs from Laura. This area was also impacted by the Freeze of 2021 where many exposed pipes were frozen and then in May of 2021 received over 15 inches of rain.

Available Date Ranges
Oct 1 - 15Crew Leader
Oct 26 - Nov 26Project Director
Oct 29 - Dec 17Two Crew Leaders
Nov 26 - Dec 17Assistant Cook
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A man sprays off concrete to clean up the dirt left by flood water.
Crisfield, MD

Description: October 29, 2021 a significant flooding event happened along the eastern shores of Maryland in Somerset and Dorchester Counties. It impacted the Crisfield and Cambridge areas of the State. The reason for the flood was high tide, full moon and windy conditions all at the same time. According to some local people in Crisfield this event was more damaging than Hurricane Sandy in 2012. MDS’s response after Sandy was many home repair jobs and over 25 new homes in Crisfield area.

Available Date Ranges
Oct 1 - Dec 17Project Director
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Paradise, CA

Description: The Camp Fire started on November 8, 2018 due to a faulty electrical line and made worse by a drought in the area. By the time it was contained on November 25, 2018, it had become the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history. At least 85 civilians were killed, and several civilians and firefighters were injured. The total damage from the fire was estimated at $16.5 billion, with one quarter of the damage uninsured.

Available Date Ranges
Nov 5 - 26Head Cook
Nov 5 - 26Assistant Cook
Nov 5 - Dec 17Crew Leader
Nov 23 - Dec 17Construction Supervisor
Nov 26 - Dec 17Head Cook
Nov 26 - Dec 17Assistant Cook
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McAllen, TX

Description: In June 2018, a sudden severe storm dumped heavy rains on the mesas north of McAllen, TX, and swept into the tributaries to the Rio Grande River. This freak storm created flooding where not typically expected, as the affected homes were not in a typical flood plain.

Available Date Ranges
Nov 12 - 19Two Crew Leaders
Nov 19 - Dec 3Crew Leader
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WV Bridges

Description: Several flood events in the spring of 2015 damaged over 300 private stream crossings (bridges) in southwest West Virginia. Homeowners who cross streams to get to their homes are either driving through the stream bed, using a neighbor’s bridge if they can, or parking on the other side of the stream and walking across a temporary walkway or a neighboring bridge. Because these are private structures, the government cannot help directly, so the only potential assistance is voluntary organizations like MDS.

Region 1 Response

Contact Joyce Burkholder at 717-945-4136 or click the button below for more information about opportunities in West Virginia.

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More Information

Canadian residents: Kelsey Friesen at 866-261-1274 or through this form.

U.S. residents: Josh Carson at 800-241-8111 or through this form.

RV Volunteer Needs

Updated: September 16, 2022

Learn more about RV Volunteers, what they do, and how to become one.

As of June 13, 2022, the following is required to cross the border: Travelers must be fully vaccinated to cross the Canada-U.S. border, and MDS volunteers do not meet the requirements for exemption as essential workers. No COVID-19 testing is required to cross the border. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator in your country with questions about crossing the border to serve with MDS.

New home under construction in Welsh, LA. The new RV project location
Welsh, LA – RV

Description: Hurricane Laura struck Louisiana on August 26, 2020 as a Category 4 hurricane. This hurricane was the tenth-strongest U.S. hurricane landfall by wind speed on record, with peak winds of 150 mph. On October 9, 2020 Hurricane Delta struck Louisiana in the same areas that were significantly affected by Hurricane Laura. Many homeowners had not returned home yet from evacuating from Hurricane Laura, and many homes still had tarps on their roofs from Laura.

Available Date Ranges
Oct 1 - 213 Spaces - Couples or Individuals
Oct 22 - Nov 192 Spaces - Couples or Individuals
Nov 19 - 261 Space - Couple or Individual
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More Information

Canadian residents: Kelsey Friesen at 866-261-1274 or through this form.

U.S. residents: Josh Carson at 800-241-8111 or through this form.