Southeastern Louisiana was hit hard by flood waters in 2016. In November 2016, RCA partner World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) conducted an unmet needs assessment to ensure that no one affected by the flooding would be forgotten. From January through April of 2018, a long-term reconstruction site will provide volunteer labor to repair damaged homes in the community of Hammond.
There are two primary volunteer teams:
- Construction crew: Work ranges from minor repairs to completely new builds. People with home repair or reconstruction experience and people 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 from Monday through Friday.
You will work with 18 to 25 other adults from across North America. Each team has an on-site manager who oversees 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.
Housing is at a camp with a variety of bedroom setups. Bedrooms are provided for couples. Individuals of the same gender may share rooms. Linens and towels are provided. There are common areas where you can spend free time. There are also several hook-ups for RVs and travel trailers. Meals are prepared by a team of volunteer cooks. Your team will eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner together Monday through Friday.
Accommodations and meals are provided at no cost. For volunteers from the U.S. and Canada, travel costs are as follows:
- 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.
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.
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.
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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