Leadership Volunteers

Leadership Volunteers are responsible for the day to day operations of an MDS project. They work together with local community partners and homeowners, organize the work for the weekly volunteers, and ensure that all volunteers are well fed and cared for throughout their time on the project.

MDS Leadership Volunteers…

  • Are Christian men and women (age 19+) years of age
  • Have a desire to share time to provide leadership at an MDS project, usually for four weeks or more
  • Have compassion to serve other volunteers and homeowners after disaster
  • Have life skills to lead and work cooperatively to help families rebuild after disaster
  • Have good to excellent health and stamina for hard work
  • Have ability to manage people, workflow, and a variety of vendors
  • May have construction experience – this is helpful

Leadership Volunteer positions include:

MDS Project Director Bill Mast meets with a homeowner in Vici, Oklahoma.

Watch the videos at the bottom of this page to get a sense of what each Leadership Volunteer position is like.

Becoming a Leadership Volunteer:

  • Complete the Leadership Application (required).
  • Interview and reference check (required).
  • Gain experience by volunteering for at least one week.
  • Attend leadership training and specific training for desired position(s). See below for training information.
  • Shadow – spend one week learning from an experienced volunteer, as requested and available.
  • If you have never served on an MDS project, start here to apply for a week long experience.

Additional Information

  • Completion of a Long-Term Application Form and participating in an interview does not guarantee placement on an MDS project.
  • Travel expenses to and from projects are reimbursed according to the current MDS policy.
  • A small stipend is provided to Leadership Volunteers.
  • Volunteers are responsible for their own medical healthcare insurance – MDS carries secondary accident insurance for all volunteers.
  • Pets are NOT allowed on projects. (Exception: RV sites that allow pets – pets must be left at the RV site.)

Apply NowCurrent Leadership Volunteer Needs

For more information or to serve, please contact:

Canadian residents: Kelsey Friesen at 866-261-1274 or email kfriesen@mds.mennonite.net

U.S. residents: Josh Carson at 800-241-8111 or email jcarson@mds.mennonite.net

2020 Schedule for Leadership Trainings

We have worked with the Regions for their input and location preferences. Registration forms will be forthcoming for each event.

  • March 9-11, General Leadership Training and March 12-13, Office Manager Training, Region 1, Lititz, PA.
  • April 16-18, General Leadership Training, Region 2, Meridian, MS, Pine Lake Mennonite Camp Cancelled (COVID-19)
  • April 29-30, PD, CS, CL Training, Columbus, MS, Based at the MDS warehouse Cancelled (COVID-19) 
  • May 26-29, General Leadership Training, MDS Canada, Winnipeg Cancelled (COVID-19) 
  • July 13-15, General Leadership Training and July 16-17, Office Manager Training, Region 1, Lititz, PA
  • Aug 24-28, Cooks Training and Cookbook review, Akron, PA, Mennonite Central Committee Welcome Place
  • September 9-11, General Leadership Training, Region 4, Phoenix, AZ
  • Oct. 27-29, PD, CS, CL Training and Office Manager training, Lititz, PA (held simultaneously)
  • Nov. 10-12, General Leadership Training, Region 3, Hesston, KS

For more information about MDS Leadership Trainings, contact Nancy Chapman, Volunteer Training Specialist, at 717-735-3536 or email nchapman@mds.mennonite.net.