In September 2017, Hurricane Irma devastated many areas of the state of Florida. Volunteer groups of all skill levels are needed to help with the recovery.
Volunteers are needed to help with home repairs and cleaning. Work may include mucking out and gutting homes, installing sheetrock, painting, replacing flooring and trim, repairing roofs, and fixing electrical or plumbing systems. A local construction coordinator will assign projects that are appropriate to the size and skill level of your group.
Several churches and community centers have opened their doors to house volunteer teams. Accommodations vary but range from air mattresses or cots on a gym floor to dorm-style lodging with bunk beds. Some places may provide meals while others will have a kitchen where you can prepare your own food. The exact housing location for your group will depend on how many people you have and facility availability.
The cost for lodging will range from free to a reasonable daily fee that may or may not include your meals. Fees will be determined as you arrange your trip and are payable to your local coordinator in Florida.
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.
Generally, high school age and older are welcome. Groups that include youth must have an appropriate adult-to-youth ratio and adults who are 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 volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups, please get in touch with us.
Coordinator for Volunteer Engagement
Volunteer Placement Specialist
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