St. Thomas Reformed Church

Country: 
USA
Location: 
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

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).

Partner ministry: 
St. Thomas Reformed Church, My Brother’s Workshop
Opportunity type: 
Group
Student
Disaster Response
Volunteer opportunities: 

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. 

Accommodations: 

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.*

Group size - maximum: 
20
Cost notes: 

There is no set cost; however, we suggest a donation of any amount to help offset the cost of hosting groups.  

Packing suggestions: 

Mosquito repellent, sunblock, work boots and gloves, snacks/food, towel, bedding (for twin beds), flashlight (in case of temporary power outage). 

Free day suggestions: 

Enjoy a meal at a local restaurant. Currently many of the island’s recreational activities are not available due to the hurricanes. 

Qualifications: 

Volunteers of all skill levels are welcome. Specials skills in food preparation, music, teaching, or construction would be appreciated, but are not necessary. 

Contact information: 

For more information, contact volunteer@rca.org.

Contact Us

If you would like to learn more about the RCA's volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups, please get in touch with us.

The best way to reach our team is to email volunteer@rca.org or call (616) 698-7071. One of the members of our team will be able to connect with you right away.

Stephanie Soderstrom

Coordinator for Volunteer Engagement

Molly Towne

Volunteer Placement Specialist

Erika Spykman

Administrative Assistant


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