Your Gifts Make a Difference

Your donation will equip and support MDS volunteers to clean-up, repair and rebuild after disasters. MDS assists disaster-affected homeowners who do not have the resources, whether personal, insurance, loans, or otherwise, to hire a contractor or pay for labor to rebuild their house of residence.

MDS volunteers assist those impacted by disaster locally and across the U.S. and Canada. There is more work to do in response to the hurricanes from the two previous years and volunteers are responding in multiple communities still recovering in North Carolina, Florida and Texas. Volunteers are also beginning a new project in Ukiah, California, building new homes for families impacted by last year’s wildfires.

In 2018, 5,445 volunteers gave their time, skills and compassion to build 75 new homes, complete 278 repairs, finish 301 clean ups, and build 14 new private-access bridges for households who experienced a disaster. This volunteer labor is a value of over $9 million USD.


Where Else To Help?

Pine Ridge, South Dakota

Help MDS build homes after a June 2015 storm destroyed many homes on the Pine Ridge reservation.

Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico

MDS continues to repair and rebuild homes in cooperation with the Mennonite churches in Puerto. Rico.

Hurricane Harvey, Texas

Help volunteers repair and rebuild homes in and around Bloomington and La Grange, Texas.

Donate to Where It Is Needed Most 

Donate in US Currency

U.S. residents can mail gifts to Mennonite Disaster Service, 583 Airport Road, Lititz, PA 17543 or you can donate online.

Donate in Canadian Currency

Canadian residents can mail gifts to Mennonite Disaster Service, 200-600 Shaftesbury Blvd., Winnipeg, MB, R3P 2J1 Canada or you can donate online.

Donate (CAD) 

As you plan your lifetime gifts, you can name the MDS Legacy Fund as a beneficiary of your estate gifts.

Through the MDS Legacy Fund, you can support under-funded long-term disaster response projects. Often these are the “quiet disasters” – those events that have not received widespread attention or support.

You can designate a gift of any size to the MDS Legacy Fund, at any time.

Ask MDS partners with Everence (Mennonite Church), Mennonite Brethren Foundation, and the Brethren in Christ Foundation to help you explore the planned giving options that are right for your situation.

Through gift planning, you can provide future support for MDS, while also giving you and your loved ones financial flexibility, potential tax benefits and even income for life.

For more information, contact Kevin King, Executive Director at, (717) 735-3536.

How will MDS use my gift?

Your gifts help MDS keep commitments to repair and rebuild homes. Because of you, MDS can say to a disaster survivor, “Yes, your house will be completed before we leave your community.”

Your gifts help cover volunteer costs,including dormitory-style lodging, home-cooked meals, tools, equipment and transportation from a work camp to a house recovery project. Your gift may be used to purchase building materials and supplies, as needed to keep a house recovery project moving quickly toward completion.

Gifts designated to a specific disaster are used for that specific location. MDS operations costs are covered through general contributions, specific gifts and grants given for administrative costs. In recent years, MDS overall administrative overhead is 11.7%.

Mennonite Disaster Service 2018 Audited Financial Report

MDS is a 501 (C)(3) and all donations are tax deductible. MDS receipts all donations regardless of amount.

MDS is a Better Business Bureau (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance accredited charity and has met all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.

All donor information is confidential. No information is shared or disseminated to any company, agency or individual.

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