In October 2018, Hurricane Michael swept across the southeastern part of the United States as one of the strongest hurricanes on record to hit the country. Today, hundreds of homes and families across six counties in the Florida Panhandle are still recovering from the storm. World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) is coordinating teams of volunteers to do home repair near Panama City, Florida.
World Renew DRS welcomes volunteers of all skill levels, but teams should include a couple of skilled carpenters who can lead and teach others. Work may include roofing, flooring, painting, siding, plumbing, and helping with insulation, sheetrock, trim, windows, electrical, and kitchen cabinet installation. A local construction coordinator will identify projects appropriate for your team’s skill level. Teams can bring their own tools or request a tool trailer from World Renew DRS.
There are three possible housing options, depending on which work site your group is assigned. The housing in Laguna Beach and Miracle Valley includes beds, and accommodations in Panama City include cots. There are plenty of restrooms at each housing location. Volunteers need to bring their own bedding (pillows and sleeping bags).
Food: There is a commercial kitchen with pots, pans, and cooking utensils. Your group will need to supply and cook your own meals.
There is no cost for housing. Your group is responsible for all costs associated with travel and meals.
Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport in Panama City, Florida
Please bring sleeping bags, pillows, towels, toiletries, swimsuit, work clothes, jeans or long work pants, closed-toe shoes, work gloves, casual clothing for “down time,” Bible, journal, devotional, sunglasses or hat, sunscreen, bug spray, games or frisbee for free time, and a cooler with drinks for your work site.
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.
Generally, high school age and older are welcome. Groups that include youth must have an appropriate adult-to-youth ratio, and adults must be 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 short-term mission opportunities for individuals and groups, please get in touch with us.
Coordinator for Short-Term Mission
Short-Term Mission 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.