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Disaster Date:10/29/2021

Crisfield, MD


What Happened

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.

Volunteer in Crisfield, MD

What MDS Is Doing

MDS volunteers will focus primarily on new home construction, however there will be some repairs as well.


Crisfield is located in Somerset County, Maryland located on the Tangier Sound, an arm of the Chesapeake Bay. Population is around 2,500. It is the southernmost incorporated city in Maryland. It’s about a three-hour drive south of Baltimore and about an hour to the southwest of Ocean City, MD. The local American Legion is providing overnight accommodations for volunteers. In addition, there is also a FEMA trailer available.

At A Glance

Weekly Reports

Crisfield, MD – Feb. 18-24, 2024

This week we said goodbye to Janis Ott, a crew leader that has been in Crisfield for 2 months.  He will be heading to Fresno, California for the annual celebration, then continuing his year-long program with MDS. We entertained 11 young adults from...

CrisField, MD – Feb. 11-17, 2024

Hannah Steffen, a long-term crew leader that has been in Crisfield for 6 weeks, said farewell this week.  She is heading back home to Ohio to work the calf-birthing season on her family’s dairy farm. Although she did take time to help the cooks...

Crisfield, MD – Jan. 28 – Feb. 3, 2024

This was the final week of MDS Leadership for Verne Geissinger (Project Director,), Joyce Geissinger (Assistant Cook), Connie Goertzen (Head Cook), Janie Heatwole (Office Manager), and Conrad Heatwole (Crew Leader).  Hannah Steffen and Janis Ott (...

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