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Pamela Burdine
(800) 728-7228(800) 728-7228, x5839
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Louisville, KY 40202

Volunteer Opportunities

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Volunteers from New Rehoboth-Greenville Presbyterian Church.

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United States disaster recovery volunteer sites

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) offers short term disaster recovery mission trip opportunities in a variety of locations. PDA’s commitment to long-term recovery means there are volunteers needed in locations that are no longer in the media headlines. Please consider gathering a volunteer work team to help families rebuild and restore their homes, or to do other disaster recovery work. Each site is managed separately; use the contact information listed for questions about work, lodging and other needs.

International volunteers

PDA does not promote volunteers serving in international disaster situations.  Volunteers should keep in mind that international relief work is a profession – and that it takes unique individuals who speak the language, know the culture, and can work effectively in incredibly difficult conditions.  For information on international disaster response, visit the Center for International Disaster Information’s Web site or read about Volunteers for Prosperity, a volunteer program managed by USAID. 

Local Volunteers — In many disaster situations, need for volunteer response is met by local neighbors, and work teams from outside the area are not requested. This listing of volunteer opportunities does not include those communities where the need is being met by local volunteers.


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Alabama

No PC(USA) disaster recovery work team opportunities at this time


Alaska

No PC(USA) disaster recovery work team opportunities at this time


Arizona

Yarnell Forest Fire response

Yarnell Hill Recovery Group is arranging work assignments for teams willing to assist with clean up and rebuilding homes for uninsured primary homeowners following the Yarnell forest fires. 


Southern Arizona - border ministry

No More Deaths
3809 East 3rd Street
Tucson, AZ 85716

  • Visit the No More Deaths web site for information about mission trips, donations, etc.
  • Email No More Deaths
  • (520) 307-7379
  • Individuals and small teams welcome
  • Training provided; minimum age 18 unless accompanied by an adult; Spanish or medical expertise helpful/not essential
  • Opportunity available for traveling teams during March and the summer program; local volunteers welcome year round

Needs: work in desert camps to reach out to migrants in distress as they cross the desert (food, water, basic medical aid); work at center for recently deported migrants in Nogales, Sonora (food, water, medical aid, abuse documentation)

Volunteers are needed to help with home repairs or recovery efforts that may not be disaster-related.


Arkansas

Volunteers needed at the Disaster Assistance Center

The Ferncliff Disaster Assistance Center in Little Rock, Arkansas, is one of the two processing locations for Church World Service Gift of the Heart Kits. Volunteers inspect kits that are received from churches around the country and help with receipting, checking, weighing, banding, palletizing and shrink wrapping in order to prepare the kits for shipment following a disaster. Participants may also help with other projects at Ferncliff and/or with other local mission agencies, especially if the work team is large.

Volunteer teams stay (and play) at the Ferncliff Presbyterian Camp and Conference Center.  The Ferncliff Retreat house sleeps up to 25 (5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, full kitchen); the Eco Center (straw bale walled, solar powered, radiant floor heated, very "green" building) can sleep 26 (6 bedrooms, meeting space but no kitchen);  and conference center hotel rooms are available with or without cooking facilities. 

  • Contact the PDA Call Center at (866) 732-6121, or send your phone number and details about your interest by email to the PDA Call Center.
  • Minimum age high school; youth to adult ratio 5 to 1
  • Possible opportunity for long term individual volunteers or couples (2-3 months)

California

No PC(USA) disaster recovery work team opportunities at this time


Colorado

St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Boulder will be hosting volunteers in response to September 2013 flooding.  

  • Contact the PDA Call Center at (866) 732-6121, or send your phone number and details about your interest by email to the PDA Call Center.
  • Minimum age 14; ratio of 5 youth to one adult over 25
  • Maximum team size 20
  • Most of the work at this time is mucking out, mold remediation and  debris removal.

Connecticut

No PC(USA) disaster recovery work team opportunities at this time


Delaware

No PC(USA) disaster recovery work team opportunities at this time


District of Columbia

No PC(USA) disaster recovery work team opportunities at this time


Florida

Tropical Storm Debby response

United Way of Suwannee Valley is requesting volunteers in response to June 2012’s Tropical Storm Debby.  Teams are needed to help with basic construction work, including roofing and installation of sheet rock and flooring.  The hosting site is Victory Christian Teaching Ministry in Lake City.

  • Email Lynne at United Way, (386) 752-5604 x106; or call Jenn, (386) 752-5604 x106
  • Minimum age 18; or 16-17 years old with direct supervision
  • Maximum team size 25
  • Individuals welcome

Georgia

No PC(USA) disaster recovery work team opportunities at this time


Hawaii

No PC(USA) disaster recovery work team opportunities at this time


Idaho

No PC(USA) disaster recovery work team opportunities at this time


Illinois

Washington Presbyterian Church will be hosting volunteers in response to November 2013 tornadoes.  

  • Contact the PDA Call Center at (866) 732-6121, or send your phone number and details about your interest by email to the PDA Call Center.
  • Minimum age 16; youth to adult ratio 3 to 1
  • Maximum team size 20

Iowa


No PC(USA) disaster recovery work team opportunities at this time


Kansas

No PC(USA) disaster recovery work team opportunities at this time


Kentucky

No PC(USA) disaster recovery work team opportunities at this time


Louisiana

Project Homecoming grew from the Hurricane Katrina response of PDA in partnership with the Presbytery of South Louisiana.  Volunteer groups assist low-income families, elderly and disabled people who have struggled for many years to rebuild their flood damaged homes.  The needs have become more desperate as resources have dwindled.  Volunteers are being hosted at The Volunteer Village in New Orleans.  A work site manager is on site with each volunteer group to guide the work, and all building materials and tools are provided.

  • Email Valentina O’Brien
  • (504) 684-1034
  • Adult groups, inter-generational groups (minimum age 14), and middle school and high school summer youth groups 

Rebuilding Hope in New Orleans (RHINO) is an outreach ministry of St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church and a premier mission destination. We provide meaningful service opportunities in New Orleans for volunteers from all over the nation and actively work to help New Orleans residents restore their lives both physically and spiritually. Since initially opening our doors in October 2005 to help with Hurricane Katrina response, we have welcomed over 6,000 volunteers from various national organizations and built 33 homes through Habitat for Humanity, as well as partnered with The New Orleans Mission, Second Harvest Food Bank, Magnolia Community Services, and Parkway Partners to rebuild hope in many different ways all over New Orleans.

  • Email Emma Pegues
  • (504) 897-0101 x111
  • Adult and youth groups (minimum 8 members) welcome
  • Camp RHINO - summer, week-long mission camp for youth ages 12 – 18 (youth to adult ratio 5 to 1)

Maine

No PC(USA) disaster recovery work team opportunities at this time


Maryland

Home repair

N.A.I.L.S.
400 N. Mechanic St.
Cumberland, MD 21502

Volunteers are needed to help with home repairs or recovery efforts that may not be disaster-related.

  • Contact Monna Johnson at (301) 777-7134
  • Minimum age 14 with adult supervision
  • Skilled and unskilled welcome
  • Donations are welcome and used to purchase materials for the job sites

Massachusetts

No PC(USA) disaster recovery work team opportunities at this time


Michigan

No PC(USA) disaster recovery work team opportunities at this time


Minnesota

No PC(USA) disaster recovery work team opportunities at this time


Mississippi

No PC(USA) disaster recovery work team opportunities at this time


Missouri

Tornado Response

ShoalKirk Retreat Center continues to host small work teams helping with response to the May 2011 tornado.   ShoalKirk is a hosting site only, so interested teams will need to make separate arrangements for work assignments.

Please follow the 2-step directions below to ensure your work team has housing and a work assignment:

  • Register your team for housing. Call (866) 732-6121, AND
  • Register your team for volunteer opportunities – visit the Rebuild Joplin web page and click on “I want to Volunteer”.

Montana

No PC(USA) disaster recovery work team opportunities at this time


Nebraska

No PC(USA) disaster recovery work team opportunities at this time


Nevada

No PC(USA) disaster recovery work team opportunities at this time


New Hampshire

No PC(USA) disaster recovery work team opportunities at this time


New Jersey

Hurricane Sandy response

Absecon Presbyterian Church will be hosting volunteers during the summer months in response to October 2012’s Hurricane Sandy.  

  • Contact the PDA Call Center at (866) 732-6121, or send your phone number and details about your interest by email to the PDA Call Center.
  • Minimum age 18 unless accompanied by parent; minimum ratio of 1 adult (25+) to every 5 youth under age 20
  • Maximum team size 20
  • Hosting during summer months only

Morning Star Presbyterian Church in Bayville is hosting volunteers in response to October 2012’s Hurricane Sandy.  Help is needed with cleanup of homes, home sites, and local churches and with general home repairs and rebuilding.

  • Contact the PDA Call Center at (866) 732-6121, or send your phone number and details about your interest by email to the PDA Call Center.
  • Minimum age 14
  • Maximum team size 30

Brick Presbyterian Church will be hosting volunteers in response to October 2012’s Hurricane Sandy. 

  • Contact the PDA Call Center at (866) 732-6121, or send your phone number and details about your interest by by email to the PDA Call Center.
  • Minimum age 18
  • Hosting during summer months only
  • Maximum team size 25

Community Presbyterian Church in Brigantine will be hosting volunteers in response to October 2012’s Hurricane Sandy.

  • Contact the PDA Call Center at (866) 732-6121, or send your phone number and details about your interest by email to the PDA Call Center.
  • Minimum age 14, but can be younger with parent/guardian present; youth to adult ratio 3 to 1
  • Maximum team size 12

Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township will be hosting volunteers in response to October 2012’s Hurricane Sandy.  

  • Contact the PDA Call Center at (866) 732-6121, or send your phone number and details about your interest by email to the PDA Call Center.
  • Minimum age 16; youth to adult ratio 5 to 1.  Exceptions can be made for volunteers as young as 14.
  • Hosting summer only; scheduled to re-open June 5 - August 31, 2014
  • Maximum team size 30

First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth will be hosting volunteers in response to October 2012’s Hurricane Sandy beginning May 2013.  Help is needed with cleanup of homes, home sites, and local churches and with general home repairs and rebuilding. 

  • Contact the PDA Call Center at (866) 732-6121, or send your phone number and details about your interest by email to the PDA Call Center.
  • Minimum age 16 with youth to adult ratio 3 to 1; Exceptions can be made for 14-15 year olds with a parent/guardian.
  • Maximum team size 20

Forked River Presbyterian Church will be hosting volunteers in response to October 2012’s Hurricane Sandy.  

  • Contact the PDA Call Center at (866) 732-6121, or send your phone number and details about your interest by email to the PDA Call Center.
  • Minimum age 14
  • Maximum team size 12

First Presbyterian Church of Hamilton Square will be hosting volunteers in response to October 2012’s Hurricane Sandy.  

  • Contact the PDA Call Center at (866) 732-6121, or send your phone number and details about your interest by email to the PDA Call Center.
  • Minimum age 14; youth to adult ratio 4 to 1
  • Maximum team size 16
  • Volunteers need to bring linens (twin XL bed mattresses on site)

Old Bergen Church in Jersey City will be hosting volunteers in response to October 2012’s Hurricane Sandy. 

  • Contact the PDA Call Center at (866) 732-6121, or send your phone number and details about your interest by email to the PDA Call Center.
  • Minimum age 16; one adult over 25 for every 3 youth
  • Maximum team size 20

Hope Presbyterian Church in Lakewood Township will be hosting volunteers in response to October 2012’s Hurricane Sandy.

  • Contact the PDA Call Center at (866) 732-6121, or send your phone number and details about your interest by email to the PDA Call Center
  • Minimum age 15; youth to adult ratio 5 to 1; must have at least one adult over age 25
  • Maximum team size 15

First Presbyterian Church of Matawan will offer Christian hospitality to church volunteer work groups and organized volunteer groups desiring to come to the area to participate in restoration and rebuilding efforts at the Jersey Shore. 

  • Contact the PDA Call Center at (866) 732-6121, or send your phone number and details about your interest by email to the PDA Call Center
  • Minimum age 18
  • Maximum team size 20

Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church will be hosting volunteers in response to October 2012’s Hurricane Sandy.  Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church will offer Christian hospitality to church volunteer work groups and organized volunteer groups desiring to come to Point Pleasant Beach and participate in restoration and rebuilding efforts at the Jersey Shore.

  • Contact the PDA Call Center at (866) 732-6121, or send your phone number and details about your interest by email to the PDA Call Center.
  • Minimum age 14; youth ages 14-17 to adult ratio 5 to 1
  • Maximum team size 36
  • Mostly full for summer months; taking reservations for Fall 2013 

First Presbyterian Church at Red Bank will be hosting volunteers in response to October 2012’s Hurricane Sandy.  

  • Contact the PDA Call Center at (866) 732-6121, or send your phone number and details about your interest by email to the PDA Call Center.
  • Minimum age 14; no more than 20% of team can be youth
  • Hosting summer only, June 1 – September 6
  • Maximum team size 20

New Mexico

No PC(USA) disaster recovery work team opportunities at this time


New York

Hurricane Sandy response

First Presbyterian Church in Jamaica is hosting volunteers in response to October 2012’s Hurricane Sandy.  Help is needed with cleanup of homes, home sites, and local churches and with general home repairs and rebuilding. 


 Calvary Presbyterian Church in Staten Island will be hosting volunteers in response to October 2012’s Hurricane Sandy.  

  • Contact the PDA Call Center at (866) 732-6121, or send your phone number and details about your interest by email to the PDA Call Center.
  • Minimum age 16; youth to adult ratio 5 to 1
  • Maximum team size 15

Olivet Presbyterian Church in Staten Island will be hosting volunteers in response to October 2012’s Hurricane Sandy.  

  • Contact the PDA Call Center at (866) 732-6121, or send your phone number and details about your interest by email to the PDA Call Center.
  • Minimum age 16; youth to adult ratio 4 to 1
  • Maximum team size 10

St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Baldwin is hosting volunteers in response to October 2012's Hurricane Sandy.  

    • NOTE: This site is offering housing only; volunteers will need to arrange work assignments separately.
    • Contact the PDA Call Center at (866) 732-6121, or send your phone number and details about your interest by email to the PDA Call Center.
    • Maximum team size 20

 Unitarian Church of Staten Island will be hosting volunteers in response to October 2012’s Hurricane Sandy.  

  • Minimum age 14; youth to adult ratio 4 to 1
  • Maximum team size 15

Celebrating over two years of recovery from Tropical Storm Lee - thank you to the many volunteers
from Sharon Early, First Presbyterian Church of Endicott, New York

In September 2011, Tropical Storm Lee left over 12 inches of rain in 24 hours, causing some of the most catastrophic flooding southern New York had ever seen.  Of 15,000 residents who registered for FEMA assistance, only 2,129 had flood insurance. Past experience with flooding taught us that we had to come together and work jointly.   Faith Partners in Recovery, formed in early 2012, was a group of faith-based organizations united by the same goal: to help families who didn’t have adequate resources get back into their homes and be restored physically and spiritually. A project manager was hired, and four hospitality sites were set up for mission teams. 

As we completed our 125th site late in 2013, a thank you just seemed so inadequate for all the volunteers who cared and helped rebuild those impacted by the flood.  More than 54,000 hours were given by over 1,700 volunteers, some who came back time and time again.  They helped restore people’s physical lives — but more importantly, they showed Christ’s love spiritually to these homeowners, praying with them daily as we worked side by side with them.  May God continue to bless the volunteers and those they assisted!


North Carolina

No PC(USA) disaster recovery work team opportunities at this time


North Dakota

Celebrating Hope Village - thank you to the volunteers
Joan Buchhop, with Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, was responsible for work assignments for teams who served in North Dakota following 2011 flooding.  After the ecumenical "Hope Village" closed in October 2013, she expressed her appreciation for the volunteers:  “Thank you seems so inadequate to say in return for all the caring and rebuilding you gave to those impacted by the 2011 flooding in Minot.  More than 5,275 volunteers came from across the states and Canada, giving over 169,623 hours to 544 homeowners who were unable to rebuild without your help. The value of the volunteer hours in North Dakota is $3,253,369, and you were part of that gift to Minot! God bless you!"


Spirit Lake Sioux Reservation/Bdecan Presbyterian Church Projects
Bdecan Presbyterian Church, the only Indian Presbyterian Church in North Dakota, is located on the Spirit Lake Sioux Reservation in north central North Dakota. To find out how your team can help, or visit the Lake Region Parish Web site and click on Bdecan Presbyterian Church to find a mission team application. 

Volunteers are needed to help with home repairs or recovery efforts that may not be disaster-related.


Ohio

No PC(USA) disaster recovery work team opportunities at this time


Oklahoma

Oklahoma Disaster Recovery Project (ODRP) is coordinating work assignments for volunteer teams willing to assist with tornado recovery. 

Please make contact with BOTH of the following, to arrange work for your team and housing:

1.  Register with ODRP online to begin the process of receiving a work assignment.  You will be contacted within 72 hours to confirm travel dates; then approximately one month before your trip, you will receive a specific work assignment.

2.  Once you have your work assignment, call the PDA Call Center at (866) 732-6121 to arrange housing for your team.  There will be hosting sites in three main areas (Shawnee, Oklahoma City/Moore, El Reno) in an attempt to minimize driving distance to work sites.

  • Minimum age 16 for ODRP opportunities.  For information about limited opportunities for volunteers under 16, contact the PDA Call Center (866) 732-6121.

Oregon

No PC(USA) disaster recovery work team opportunities at this time


Pennsylvania

No PC(USA) disaster recovery work team opportunities at this time


Rhode Island

No PC(USA) disaster recovery work team opportunities at this time


South Carolina

Beach Castles, a mission program through First Presbyterian Church of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is hosting volunteers in response to February 2014's ice storm, as well as other home repair projects that may not be disaster-related.

  • Call (843) 448-4496 or email Hannah Gordon
  • Currently taking groups for week-long mission trips June 8-August 10, 2014
  • Minimum age 6th grade
  • Maximum team size usually 25; but call FPC if your team is larger, because special arrangements might be possible

South Dakota

No PC(USA) disaster recovery work team opportunities at this time


Tennessee

Critical Home Repairs and Mobility Modifications Westminster Home Connection, Nashville, begun following May 2010 flooding, now performs critical home repairs and mobility modifications for those in need in middle Tennessee.  The work is primarily home repairs, building wheelchair ramps, and similar projects.  Westminster has a construction/volunteer manager and can use volunteer teams with at least two or three skilled workers (additional team members are not required to be skilled in home repairs.)  Westminster has 30 - 40 homes in need of repairs at any point in time and can tailor work assignments to the skills of the team leaders.

Volunteers are needed to help with home repairs or recovery efforts that may not be disaster-related.


Texas

Hurricane Alex response

First Presbyterian Church of Mission, Texas, is hosting teams willing to help families in the Rio Grande Valley with clean up and rebuilding. Carpentry and plumbing skills are helpful.

A visit and education about the border area can be arranged, depending on schedules.


Utah

No PC(USA) disaster recovery work team opportunities at this time


Vermont

No PC(USA) disaster recovery work team opportunities at this time


Virginia

No PC(USA) disaster recovery work team opportunities at this time


Washington

No PC(USA) disaster recovery work team opportunities at this time


West Virginia

Flood response

West Virginia Ministry of Advocacy & Workcamps, Inc. (WVMAW)
PO Box 338
Nettie, WV 26681

Volunteers are needed to help with home repairs or recovery efforts in various parts of West Virginia that may not be disaster-related; includes reconstruction of homes and churches.

Hear from a team who served with WVMAW following Hurricane Sandy (2013)


Wisconsin

No PC(USA) disaster recovery work team opportunities at this time


Wyoming

No PC(USA) disaster recovery work team opportunities at this time

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Presbyterian Hunger Program Advisory Committee meets March 30 - April 1, 2014, in New Orleans, LA, in conjunction with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Advisory Committee and Self-Development of People Steering Committee.

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