California Unit

The California Unit completed a week-long Unit project July 5 to July 11, 2017. The Unit removed down trees from around the cabins at Camp Keola, a Mennonite Camp in the Sierra Nevada mountain east of Fresno CA. The unit provided a “Bobcat” skidsteer to assist with the removal of the trees. Volunteers removed over 20 trees that were around the cabins. Volunteers also re-built sections of the Camp’s boat and swimming docks on Lake Huntington. 13 volunteers (8 first time volunteers) performed 322 hours of volunteer service. The Camp provided excellent housing and meals for the volunteers.


For a little inspiration, watch this video of how volunteers in California are impacting community members in Lake County and helping them come back home after wildfires destroyed more than 1,300 houses.

MDS and the California Unit are also working to rebuild homes in Calaveras County after wildfires destroyed nearly 500 homes in the area.

MDS California Unit Board

  • Roger & Lee-Ila Riley, Co-Chairs
  • Cheryl & Ron Blaum, S. Calif. Vice Chairs
  • Kathy & Steve Wiest, N. Calif Vice Chairs
  • Richard Unruh, Secretary
  • Bruce Leichty, Treasurer
  • Jake Bergen, Mennonite Church USA rep.
  • Judy Lopez, Mennonite Brethren rep.
  • Roger Sharp, Brethren in Christ rep.

Quick Stats

Unit Contact Info

Roger and Lee-Ila Riley, Co-Chairs
phone: 661-912-5220

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Current News + Project Updates

Lake County, CA – Weekly Report – Dec 3-7, 2018

We worked at three homes this week.  Roger, Edgar, Ruth, Monica, Don and Larissa continued the final touch ups on Ms. Jocelyn’s home. They installed the kitchen base cabinets, painted Read More…

Lake County, CA – Weekly Report – Nov 26-30, 2018

We worked at three homes this week.  David, Jesse, Noah and Raven finished the hand rail on the front porch and back deck at Mr. Paul’s home.  They also painted Read More…

Lake Isabella, CA – Weekly Report – Nov 19-23, 2018

We had 7 volunteers and no cook because of the short Thanksgiving week.  The group took turns cooking and we ate well.   Volunteers were from Shafter which is a one Read More…

Events in California Unit

Region 4 Annual Meeting

Mennonite Disaster Service would like to invite you to the Region 4 annual meeting at the Double Tree Hotel in Ontario, California on September 15th 2018. The meeting will feature Charles Read More…

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