Dates are available from fall 2018 and onward.
In September 2017, major hurricanes Irma and Maria barreled through the Caribbean, both making landfall in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The island community of St. Thomas experienced significant structural damage as homes and buildings faced sustained winds of up to 185 miles per hour.
The congregation of St. Thomas Reformed Church (STRC) is actively helping its community recover and is ready to host volunteer groups. Join the efforts to clean up and rebuild after these severe storms. STRC is serving as a staging area for receiving and storing shipments of relief supplies, and is providing food and other supplies to members of the community. In addition, STRC has partnered with local nonprofit My Brother’s Workshop to assist with providing free meal.
Key Scripture: “For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake” (2 Corinthians 4:5).
Volunteers are needed to help with cleanup and construction, including removal of debris, cleaning, putting up tarps, and organizing and distributing supplies. The community would also welcome musicians, teachers, and anyone with a heart for kids to help provide positive programming for neighborhood children. Volunteers to help prepare and serve food would be appreciated as well.
St. Thomas Reformed Church has a mission house for hosting groups. This building was not damaged by the storms and has two rooms with eight beds each, along with a living room that can sleep four. Bathrooms and a kitchen are available in the building. Since resources are limited on the island at this time, groups should plan to either eat at local restaurants or prepare simple meals in the mission house kitchen. *Do not book any airline tickets until you have received confirmation from the retreat center coordinator regarding your desired dates of service.*
There is no set cost; however, we suggest a donation of any amount to help offset the cost of hosting groups.
Mosquito repellent, sunblock, work boots and gloves, snacks/food, towel, bedding (for twin beds), flashlight (in case of temporary power outage).
Enjoy a meal at a local restaurant. Currently many of the island’s recreational activities are not available due to the hurricanes.
Volunteers of all skill levels are welcome. Specials skills in food preparation, music, teaching, or construction would be appreciated, but are not necessary.
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
Cultivate is a program for 18- to 25-year-olds to partner with RCA missionaries for a summer or a full year and see how God is at work in another part of the globe.