In October 2016, North Carolina suffered major flooding from Hurricane Matthew, an event that is now being referred to as “North Carolina’s Katrina.” Volunteers are needed to help with clean-up in partnership with World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS).
Hurricane Matthew devastated several areas in the state, including Fayetteville, Lumberton, and Tarboro. The exact location for your service will depend on several factors, including what projects are ready at the time of your trip, the size of your group, and the skill levels you have with construction projects. (Thank you for your understanding and flexibility with this.) Work could include insulation, sheetrock, drywall, painting, hanging doors, installing cabinets, trim work, installing flooring, gutting out homes, or demolition. A local construction coordinator will assign work projects that are appropriate to the size and skill level of your group.
Wherever your group is placed, you will have a church or community building to stay in with space to sleep, showers, restrooms, and a kitchen to prepare your own meals.
There is no cost, but a donation to the organizations that host your group is welcome. Your group is responsible for all costs associated with your trip. World Renew DRS does not charge for arranging group mission trips.
Please bring sleeping bags, pillows, towels, and toiletries. A general packing list can be found in Preparing to Serve, a guide compiled by World Renew DRS. Materials and basic tools are provided and coordinated by the local construction coordinator. Skilled tradesmen are encouraged to bring their own tools if possible. This should be discussed with the local site coordinator during the planning process.
Generally, high school age and older are welcome. Groups that include youth must have an appropriate adult-to-youth ratio and adults who are able to supervise youth for work projects. It is helpful to have a couple of people with construction experience in your group, but this is not required. The local construction coordinator will provide guidance on work projects.
If you would like to learn more about the RCA's volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups, please get in touch with us.
Coordinator for Volunteer Engagement
Volunteer Placement Specialist
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