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Leadership and RV Volunteer Needs

Leadership Volunteer Needs

Updated: January 20, 2023

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

As of January 20, 2023, the following is required to cross the border: Travelers must be fully vaccinated to cross the border from Canada into the U.S., and MDS volunteers do not meet the requirements for exemption as essential workers. Travelers do not have to be vaccinated to cross the border from the U.S. into Canada. 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
Jan 21 - Feb 4Crew Leader
Mar 4 - 18Crew Leader
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Damage to a home in FL caused by Hurricane Ian
Southwest FL

Description: Hurricane Ian struck Florida on September 27, 2022, as a Category 4 hurricane. With the wind speed of just short of a Category 5 storm, Hurricane Ian was the fifth most powerful storm to ever hit the country. This hurricane was the deadliest hurricane to strike the state of Florida since the 1935 Labor Day hurricane. Hurricane Ian caused catastrophic damage. Damage was mostly from flooding from rain and storm surge. Of course, a lot of damage was caused by the intense wind. Millions were left without power.

Available Date Ranges
Jan 28 - Mar 4Crew Leader
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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
Feb 1 - Mar 4Construction Supervisor
Feb 4 - Mar 4Crew Leader
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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
Mar 4 - Apr 1Head Cook
Mar 4 - Apr 1Assistant Cook
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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
Feb 15 - Apr 1Construction Supervisor
Mar 4 - Apr 1Crew Leader
Mar 4 - Apr 1Head Cook
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Volunteers cutting lumber outdoors on a cold day
Dawson Springs, KY

Description: From December 10-11, 2021, a major tornado outbreak occurred in Missouri, Illinois, Tennessee, and Kentucky. This outbreak is the deadliest on record in December, with 89 deaths and at least 55 injuries. Up to 75% of Dawson Springs was destroyed by the ER4 tornado. At least 19 people died as a result

Available Date Ranges
Feb 25 - Apr 1Crew Leader
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Volunteer working with a saw outside
Bastrop, TX

Description: On March 21, 2022, Bastrop County was hit by severe weather including a tornado, which passed south and east of the City of Elgin. Severe and tornadic activity continued into the next day as the system moved eastward. More than 100 homes were damaged or destroyed.

Available Date Ranges
Mar 4 - Apr 1Crew 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: January 20, 2023

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

As of January 20, 2023, the following is required to cross the border: Travelers must be fully vaccinated to cross the border from Canada into the U.S., and MDS volunteers do not meet the requirements for exemption as essential workers. Travelers do not have to be vaccinated to cross the border from the U.S. into Canada. 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.

Grand Isle, LA – RV

Description: Hurricane Ida struck Louisiana on August 29, 2021, as a Category 4 hurricane. This hurricane hit with 140+ sustained winds and significant storm surge damage. It was reported that 100 percent of Grand Isle’s structures were damaged, and around 40-50 percent of structures were completely destroyed.

Available Date Ranges
Jan 21 - Mar 311 Space - Couple or Individual
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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.

This project is currently full for the winter 2023 season.

New build in McAllen TX
McAllen, TX – RV

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.

This project is currently full for the winter 2023 season.

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.