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Leadership and RV Volunteer Needs

Leadership Volunteer Needs

Updated: May 27, 2022

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

As of April 27, 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. To enter Canada, by land or air, there is currently no COVID test required. To enter the U.S. by land no COVID test is required, but to enter by air a negative COVID test remains a requirement and must be taken within 24 hours of crossing the border. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator in your country with questions about crossing the border to serve with MDS.

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
May 28 - Jun 252 Crew Leaders
May 28 - Jun 29Assistant Cook
Jun 25 - Jul 302 Crew Leaders
Jul 2 - 30Head Cook
Jul 30 - Aug 27Head Cook
Jul 30 - Aug 27Assistant Cook
Jul 30 - Aug 273 Crew Leaders
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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
May 21 - Jun 43 Crew Leaders
Jun 4 - 252 Crew Leaders
Jun 25 - Jul 2Assistant Cook
Jun 25 - Jul 30Crew Leader
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Monte Lake, B.C.

Description: In August 2021, the White Rock Lake fire destroyed 28 structures at Monte Lake, B.C. It was one of about 1,600 fires in the province during last year’s fire season.

Available Date Ranges
Jun 11 - 25Crew Leader
Jun 25 - Jul 30Head Cook
Jul 30 - Aug 272 Crew Leaders
Aug 11 - Sep 3Project Director
Aug 11 - Sep 3Office Manager
Sep 1 - Oct 1Project Director
Sep 1 - Oct 1Office Manager
Sep 4 - Oct 1Head Cook
Sep 4 - Oct 1Assistant Cook
Sep 4 - Oct 12 Crew Leaders
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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
Jun 4 - Jul 2Project Director
Jul 23 - 31Project Director
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Grand Lake, CO

Description: The East Troublesome Fire occurred from October 14 to November 30, 2020. It burned 193,812 acres, destroying 580 structures and killing two people.

Available Date Ranges
Jun 25 - Jul 29Head Cook
Jun 25 - Jul 29Assistant Cook
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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: May 2, 2022

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

Thanks to all the volunteers who served on RV Projects in the 2021-2022 season! We expect to re-open RV Projects in October-December 2022 and January-March 2023. Specific locations are still TBD, but contact the Volunteer Coordinator in your country now to get on the wait list!

As of April 27, 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. To enter Canada, by land or air, there is currently no COVID test required. To enter the U.S. by land no COVID test is required, but to enter by air a negative COVID test remains a requirement and must be taken within 24 hours of crossing the border. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator in your country with questions about crossing the border to serve with MDS.

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.