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MDS Update: July 14, 2016

July 14, 2016

Long-term (Leadership) Volunteer Needs
Detroit, Michigan– Assistant cooks needed July 25 – Aug. 12

Lusk, Wyoming—Crew leaders needed Aug. 1-12
Assistant cook needed Aug. 1-12
Project Director needed Aug. 1-12

For more information or to sign up, call Evelyn, (866) 261-1274 or e-mail

Region IV – Idaho Response
Volunteers urgently needed from July 11 through Sept. 30 for the Kamiah, ID, Region IV project, constructing three new homes (homes were damaged by flooding). Volunteers staying two weeks or longer will have their travel costs covered. For scheduling contact John Eshleman, (909) 630-3660 or

A Partnership Home Program (PHP) house is nearly complete in Wakefield, NE. Churches in Newton, KS, worked together with MDS to bring another family home. Read the news story here.

Employment Opportunities
MDS has four employment opportunities in the Lititz, PA, binational office.
Volunteer Development Administrative Assistant – (part-time 20-24 hours/week) As part of the Volunteer Development Team, work will include assisting in the volunteer placement process.

Volunteer Placement Coordinator (VPC) (full-time) As a part of the Volunteer Development Team the VPC will enlist, review, screen and place volunteers at all MDS projects.

Development Manager (full-time) In this new position, the manager will effectively shape and execute the development plan and implement the information technology systems to support the function.

Executive Assistant (full-time)The Executive Assistant supports the Executive Director, Board, and Leadership team members. The role requires attention to detail, efficient organizational skills and the ability to balance competing priorities.

Applicants for all positions must be active in an Anabaptist church and committed to the Anabaptist faith and peace position.

Resumes may be sent to or MDS, Attn: Human Resources, 583 Airport Rd,  Lititz, PA 17543. Review of resumes begins immediately.

MDS ERTs respond in West Virginia
MDS Early Response Teams (ERTs) continue to work in West Virginia, mucking out homes that were damaged by floods.

Flash floods from heavy rains swept through eastern and southeastern West Virginia. Twenty-five people were reportedly killed in the flooding. Twelve counties have been declared as disasters. Two of the hardest hit areas include the towns of White Sulphur Springs and Rainelle in Greenbrier County.

As plans for the response and volunteer needs are known, the MDS website will be updated.

Fort McMurray Update
MDS representatives investigated in Fort McMurray in late June. Click here to read the Pembina Valley Online news article.

Bastrop, TX – Summer Youth Project
Disaster: 2016 Flood
The MDS Summer Youth Project in Bastrop, TX, opened June 26 with an energetic group of youth volunteers from Hoffnungsau Mennonite. The next week was a group from Indiana (not youth volunteers –but still energetic), and this week a group from Hope Mennonite is working hard.

Camp Likely, Summer Youth Project
Summer Youth Program
The MDS Summer Youth Project opened on July 3. The first two weeks we had local volunteers, and they got a good start on the cabins. Two large groups of youth volunteers will complete the work in later July.

Click here to see photos of Camp Likely on Facebook.

Carmacks, Yukon Territory – Unit Project
The MDS Alberta Unit is rebuilding a house that was destroyed by fire in Carmacks, YT. Rough-in electric and plumbing inspection passed. Most of the insulation is done, and the windows and doors are in, so now the house can be locked.

Disaster: 2014 Flood
The Summer Youth Program (SYP) volunteers are working in Detroit. There was a mixed bag of needs at every house including mucking out basements, scraping tile, and fixing plumbing. The youth are working alongside the long-term volunteers.

Disaster: 2015 Flood
Six long-term volunteers completed a long list of tasks this week. Ted adopted Mr. Geoff’s house and he worked overtime to bring this house toward completion. Only a few light maintenance items remain.

Don and Lucas finished the crawl space venting systems in all five houses. They also worked in Mr. Keith’s house, completing floor tile, hanging doors and finished all the molding. Andrew worked in the office half-days and then went to the work site and also addressed plumbing issues at Mr. John’s house. Our cooks, Evelyn and Nicole, prepared great meals and provided extra special desserts for us.

Click here to see new photos of the Lusk project on Facebook.

Contributions may be sent to:
USA: 583 Airport Road, Lititz, PA 17543 or
Can. 6A-1325 Markham Rd, Winnipeg, MB R3T 4J6
Tel: USA (800) 241-8111 Can. (866) 261-1274
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Remember the variety of ways you can give to MDS – volunteer your time, give money through cash donations, planned gifts, bequests and traded securities.
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