Aurora, North Carolina

In North Carolina, World Renew Disaster Response Services continues to work with local organizations to support recovery efforts following Hurricanes Matthew, Florence, and Dorian. Aurora in particular experienced severe flooding during Hurricane Florence in 2018, leaving many without safe, habitable homes.

Dates for winter and spring 2020:

January 4–25
January 25–February 15
February 15–March 7
March 7–28
March 28–April 18
April 18–May 9

Partner ministry: 
World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS)
Opportunity type: 
Disaster Response
Volunteer opportunities: 

You will work with 18–25 other adults from across North America. Each team has a World Renew DRS on-site manager who manages the day-to-day operations of the team and a World Renew DRS construction supervisor who manages the work projects.

  • Construction crew: Work will range from minor repairs to complete new builds, with all manner of home repair and reconstruction work in between. Those with home repair/reconstruction experience and helpers are needed. The World Renew DRS Volunteer Manager puts each team together with a balance of skill sets.
  • Cook crew: A team of three cooks plan and prepare three meals a day for 18–25 people, Monday through Friday. Those with experience in preparing meals for groups as well as those willing to work in the kitchen are needed.

Housing is in a church that’s been renovated for hosting mission teams. There is no longer a congregation meeting in that building so you won’t share the space with anyone other than your volunteer team. Bedrooms are provided for spouses. Individuals of the same gender may share rooms. Linens and towels are provided. There are common areas to spend your free time. There are several hook-ups available for volunteers who are able to travel to the site with their own RV.

Food: Meals are prepared by a team of volunteer cooks. Your team will eat breakfast and dinner together, Monday through Friday.

Cost notes: 

There is no cost associated with lodging. Meals are provided Monday through Friday. Volunteers are responsible for covering food costs over the weekends. The cost of travel within the U.S. and Canada is as follows:

  • If you volunteer for the full three-week assignment, you are reimbursed for most of your transportation costs to and from the site.
  • If you volunteer for two weeks, you are reimbursed for travel one way to the site.
  • If you volunteer for one week, all travel costs are your responsibility.
Packing suggestions: 

Please bring sleeping bags, pillows, towels, and toiletries. A general packing list can be found on page nine of 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.


18 years of age and up. People with construction experience and people who can act as helpers are needed. The World Renew DRS volunteer manager puts each team together with a balance of skill sets

Contact information: 

For more information, contact

Contact Us

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

The best way to reach our team is to email 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 Short-Term Mission

Molly Towne

Short-Term Mission Placement Specialist

Erika Spykman

Administrative Assistant

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