MDS is all about volunteers
Volunteers, are the most important people in the MDS network. Without volunteers, MDS would not exist. Through volunteers, the love of Christ can be expressed to those affected by disasters. MDS volunteers are known for repairing and rebuilding homes damaged by disasters.
It takes more than construction skills to serve with MDS. During the time that you serve as a volunteer, you will learn that MDS also restores lives. The homes that MDS repairs are owned by people. They laugh and they cry. They have good days and they have bad days. They share your basic needs as a person. MDS provides an opportunity for you to meet the needs of these disaster survivors with the dignity and respect of God’s love.
Building skills are important and highly valued by MDS. But you do not need to have any specialized skills prior to working with MDS. Your open mind and dedicated spirit will enable you to learn as you go. As an MDS volunteer, you may become involved with a variety of tasks including clean up, carpentry, food preparation, and crew leadership.
There are several ways to volunteer with MDS:
- Short-term volunteers (1-3 weeks)
- Long-term volunteers (1 month or more)
- RV Program volunteers
- Youth volunteers
Skilled and long-term volunteers are always needed.
MDS is always looking for workers skilled in building trades, site supervisors, project directors and cooking staff but we can use all volunteers regardless of skill level.
If you fit any of these categories, please register that you would be available to volunteer with MDS, if not immediately then perhaps in the near future.
Volunteer scheduling information
All short-term and all US volunteers call (800) 241-8111, to schedule time at a project. Long-term volunteers in Canada call (866) 261-1274.
RV Program Volunteers
All US volunteers for the RV Program contact Sarah Yoder at (717) 735-3536 or by e-mail at syoder(at)mds.mennonite.net. Canadian RV volunteers contact Evelyn Peters-Rojas at epetersrojas(at)mds.mennonite.net or call (866) 261-1274 (toll free).