California Unit

Welcome to the MDS 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.

Quick Stats

California Unit Officers 

Unit Co-Chair – Roger Riley

Unit Co-Chair – Lee-lla Riley

Unit Vice Co-Chair (Northern) – Steve Wiest 

Unit Vice Co-Chair (Northern) – Kathy Wiest 

Unit Treasurer – Bruce Leichty 

Unit Secretary – Richard Unruh  



News, Updates, & Events

Lake County, CA – Weekly Report – Mar 18-22, 2019

Eight energetic volunteers joined us this week – four students and four adults – from West Point Community Covenant Church of West Point, California. This was their first time serving Read More…

Lake County, CA – Weekly Report – Mar 11-15, 2019

A group of mixed aged volunteers from Vinewood Community Church in Lodi, California joined us this week, along with a volunteer from Canada. The volunteers’ ages ranged from a few Read More…

Lake County, CA – Weekly Report – Mar 4-8, 2019

We were blessed to have 15 volunteers with us this week. Eleven were from Canada, two from Pennsylvania, and two from Virginia. We enjoyed getting to know one another throughout Read More…

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