Volunteer Registration Form

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with MDS. We are blessed with an incredible number of volunteers who are helping to bring people home.

MDS responds to disasters, like windstorms in South Dakota, flooding in West Virginia, hurricane damage in Florida, Puerto Rico and Texas, and wildfires in California. We continue to have urgent needs for volunteers in these locations, as some survivors have been without a home for 1-2 years.

We encourage you to sign up for one of these locations by selecting a week from the corresponding drop down menu, on the Registration Form below.

Scheduling Process: click here for more information

At any time, Weekly, Long-Term, and Leadership volunteers may contact MDS and inquire about serving on a project during a specific season. If scheduling for that season has begun, the Volunteer Team can schedule Weekly, Long-Term, and Leadership volunteers according to the available openings. If scheduling for that time has not yet begun, the Volunteer Team records their information and places them on a waitlist.

Once MDS has determined which projects will run and for what dates, the Volunteer Team begins to schedule volunteers as follows.

1. The Volunteer Team schedules Leadership Volunteers at each project.

a. When the Volunteer Team schedules Leadership Volunteers, they may offer for Leadership Volunteers (typically Project Directors) to schedule a group of Weekly Volunteers from their church or community before scheduling opens to the broader public.

2. The Volunteer Team schedules Weekly Volunteers at each project.

When scheduling begins for a project season, the Volunteer Team first contacts those who are on the waitlist and works to schedule them.

After all of the volunteers on the waitlist have been contacted, scheduling is opened up to the broader public. This is primarily communicated on the MDS website, in the Biweekly Update, and in communication to MDS Unit and Region leaders. Once scheduling has been opened up to the broader public, Weekly Volunteers are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Volunteer needs and requirements (including skills and number of volunteers) may vary from project to project.

Scheduling Weekly Volunteers from the waitlist typically begins as early as 3 months prior to the beginning of a Project Season:

  • Fall (October -December) – scheduling begins in August
  • Winter (January – March) – begins in October
  • Spring/Summer – (April to July/August) begins in February.

*These timeframes are approximate and are subject to change as project details develop. 

Please note that submitting an online Registration Form or calling the MDS office does not guarantee a spot on a project. Volunteers should not book any travel until they have received an email or written confirmation from the Volunteer Team for their project assignment. Historically, MDS’s busiest time of year has been in January through March because of the availability of volunteers. This means that more volunteers want to serve during these months, and as a result, openings on projects are more difficult to come by. The likelihood of Weekly Volunteers being placed on an MDS project increases if they are willing to serve outside the months of January through March. MDS respects your right to privacy and will not share your personal information with any third parties.