In September 2017, Hurricane Irma caused damage throughout Volusia County, located along Florida’s eastern coast. World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) is continuing to help individuals and families make much-needed repairs.
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.
Teams stay in dorm-style housing with bunk beds. There are 12 beds available for men and 12 for women. The facility includes two showers, and a YMCA is located next door with extra showers available. A full commercial kitchen is available with pots, pans, and cooking utensils.
Food: Teams will need to shop for and prepare their own meals.
The cost for lodging is $12 per person, per night. In addition to the cost for lodging, your team is responsible for all costs associated with travel and meals.
Daytona Beach International Airport. Airports in and around Orlando, Florida, are also close by.
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 volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups, please get in touch with us.
Coordinator for Volunteer Engagement
Volunteer Placement Specialist
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