After flooding across West Virginia in June 2016, more than 8,000 homeowners indicated the need for assistance. Many of their homes had major damage or were completely destroyed. World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) is partnering with a state agency to identify the most vulnerable homeowners and the counties with the greatest need for volunteer assistance.
Twelve counties need help repairing homes. Work may include roof and ceiling repair, drywall installation and finishing, flooring installation, and painting. No experience is necessary to participate in this work. The local World Renew coordinator will provide guidance on work projects and match the skills of your group with appropriate work. Supplies, tools, and materials are provided. Volunteers may bring their own work gloves.
Because the damage is across 12 counties, where you stay will depend on which county has the greatest need at the time of your trip, as well as on the size and skill set of your group. The housing will likely be in a church or community building. There will be restrooms, showers, and a kitchen for preparing your own meals.
Because where you stay depends on a number of variables, cost may range from $0 to $150 per person, per week. The locations that cost $150 provide all meals. If there is no cost, a donation to your local coordinator in West Virginia is encouraged. 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 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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