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About short-term service
Short-term volunteers are anyone interested in serving with MDS on a project site for 1–3 weeks. Any adults are welcome to join us as an individual or as a part of a group. Students ages 15-18 may come with a parent or guardian.
As an MDS volunteer you will have opportunities to:
Anyone Can Volunteer
People skilled in construction and/or leadership are essential to MDS, yet we can use and train each adult volunteer, regardless of skill. Volunteers need to be willing to reach out to people in need, risk becoming a part of a new experience and serve with a positive and Christ-like heart. MDS provides on-the-job training for all volunteers.
How To Begin
To determine the current projects that are open for volunteers, check the PROJECTS section of our website., or contact the MDS office at 1-800-241-8111.
Canadian Volunteers please call 1-800-241-8111 then download these forms:
Effective Sept. 1, 2011 - New short-term volunteer travel reimbursement policy
Check our Frequently Asked Questions page for additional information.
Information handbook about volunteering with MDS: Volunteer Guide
Share Your Stories
MDS would like to include your stories, journals and pictures with others through our website. Click on the link below to e-mail stories about your time serving with MDS or photos of you and your group working at the project. All submissions will be used and edited at the discretion of MDS staff.
Pastors to Projects Program
MDS encourages pastors and their spouses to make time for serving as part of the MDS short-term work crews! Pastors or pastor couples are encouraged to sign up during our season of greatest need for volunteers - April to December – although you are welcome throughout the year. Feel free to sign up your carpenter friends to help out the same week as well (at their own cost).
In an effort to encourage the participation of church leadership at MDS response locations, full financial support for travel expenses to and from MDS project sites is available for pastors and their spouses upon request. (See reimbursement request form below at or call the binational office for a copy to be faxed or mailed to you.) If a church budget cannot support their pastor’s travel costs to/from an MDS service work week, we would encourage pastors to apply for this grant.
For complete information, download the documents below:
MDS volunteers are known for repairing and rebuilding homes damaged by disasters. But 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.
Your contribution will help to connect volunteers with disaster survivors who need assistance on their path to recovery. MDS depends on the support of people who believe that disaster response is an important part of helping those who are in need.
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