Recreational Vehicle Program

The MDS Recreational Vehicle (RV) program is a volunteer opportunity for 55+ adults who want to help cleanup, repair and rebuild after disaster and have fun doing it.

You bring your RV and MDS provides an RV site and meaningful projects to work on. MDS RV projects are often smaller in scale than our traditional projects – they are usually 4-6 RV’s to a project for four weeks or more. RV volunteers serve four, six-hour days and have time to enjoy the area in their off time.

The program typically operates annually from the late fall until early spring. Interested volunteers from the U.S. or Canada can apply below and a Volunteer Coordinator will be in contact. Returning MDS RV volunteers can contact their Volunteer Coordinator to register their availability for the coming year. 

In the past few years RV volunteers have served in the following locations: Conway, S.C., Corpus Christi, TexasAndrews, S.C.Bastrop, Texas.

Recreational Vehicle Program
Recreational Vehicle Program

How It Works

RV Volunteers to serve for a minimum of 4 weeks, serving four days per week, six hours per day.  MDS provides the RV parking site with full hookups including a minimum of 30-AMP electrical services, a water hookup and a means of black and gray water disposal – free-of-charge. In addition, volunteers may request a fuel (diesel or gas) reimbursement for travel according to the MDS RV Program guidelines. Where possible, laundry services and telephone hookups are provided.

The RV participants prepare their own meals and need to have kitchen, toilet and shower facilities in their RV. When an RV couple volunteers together, at least one spouse is expected to serve on the job site. The other spouse is encouraged, but not required to work. RV volunteers serve as a team of 4-6 couples or individuals.

Each RV project is organized with a Project Director and an Office Manager to provide leadership to the project. The project accepts work assignments from a local disaster recovery committee. An RV team works on home repairs and has even been able to build a new home in 2-3 months time. Volunteers involved in the RV Program are expected to be Christians and active participants in a church.

 

RV volunteers serve as a team of 4-6 couples or individuals.

Application Process

Prior to receiving a placement on a project, RV Volunteers are required to go through a three-step application process that includes:

  1. Completing an application.
  2. Completing an interview, usually over the phone.
  3. Submitting two references.

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Where We Work

We plan to have RV Projects in Coastal Bend (Rockport), Texas and Chipley, Florida in the fall of 2019 (October-December). We expect to have four RV Project locations in the winter of 2020 (January-March).

Current RV Volunteer Needs

For more information or to serve 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