Okanogan, Washington

Okanogan, Washington

The Carlton Complex was a group of four wildfires in the summer of 2014, started by a lightning storm in the Methow River Valley of Okanogan County, in the state of Washington. The four fires eventually merged into one giant fire that burned through 300 homes in and around the towns of Pateros and Malott, as well as in more rural areas. The Carlton Complex was recorded as the largest wildfire in Washington’s history.

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

Work may include home and/or fence repair. There is a local coordinator who will assign work projects that are appropriate to the size and skill level of your group.


Churches in the area have offered to provide accommodations for volunteer groups. Depending on the facility, bunk beds and cots are available, along with showers and restrooms. A kitchen will be available for volunteers to prepare meals. There is a grocery store nearby.

Cost notes: 

There is no cost, but a donation to the local organization providing accommodations and/or work is encouraged. Your group is responsible for all costs associated with your trip. World Renew DRS does not charge for arranging group mission trips.

Packing suggestions: 

Volunteers must bring their own bedding/sleeping bags, towels, toiletries, and pillows. Work supplies, tools, and safety equipment are provided. Volunteers can bring work gloves if they like. A general list of what to bring can be found in World Renew’s document, Prepare to Serve


All ages able to do the work are welcome; youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Contact information: 

For more information, contact the Volunteer Engagement Program staff.

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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