San Marcos, Texas, suffered severe flooding in May and October 2015. World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) completed two needs assessments in this community and has been invited to open a reconstruction site. Reconstruction teams began working in San Marcos in March 2016. World Renew DRS has entered into a long-term partnership with this community, committing to sending consecutive teams of volunteers to provide reconstruction services to homeowners who need help restoring their damaged homes.
You can serve as a member of a reconstruction team to help bring hope to families impacted by this disaster. Team roles include:
- Construction crew: Work ranges from minor repairs to complete new builds. Those with home repair or reconstruction experience and those who are willing to help are needed.
- Cook crew: A team of three cooks plans and prepares three meals a day for 18 to 25 people, Monday through Friday.
You will work with 18 to 25 other adults from across North America. Each team has an on-site manager who manages the day-to-day operations of the team and the site, as well as a construction supervisor who manages the work projects. World Renew DRS provides fully equipped tool trailers. Materials are provided by the local partnering recovery group at each location.
Bedrooms are provided for couples. Individuals of the same gender may share rooms. Linens and towels are provided. There are common areas to spend your free time. Meals are prepared by a team of volunteer cooks. Your team will eat breakfast and dinner together on Monday through Friday.
Accommodations are provided. Meals are provided Monday through Friday. If you volunteer for the full three-week assignment, you are reimbursed for most of your travel to and from the site. If you volunteer for two weeks, you are reimbursed for one-way travel to the site. If you volunteer for one week, travel costs are your responsibility.
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.
For more information, contact the Volunteer Engagement Program staff.
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
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