Willow, AK – Weekly Report – July 26-Aug 1, 2020

August 11, 2020

The MDS project in Willow, Alaska was by invitation from the community itself. Volunteers were asked to follow the safety protocols and procedures put in place by MDS to ensure that the communities and people that we serve are protected. As MDS looks to reopen projects, the Benchmarks for Project Startup document will be used to guide the decision making process.


This week was the third week of the project in Willow, Alaska. There were four construction site leadership volunteers and three camp duties supervisory volunteers and nine “weekly” volunteers from California, Alaska, Illinois, Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. 

The McKinley fire occurred over a year ago with over 3,000+ acres and many homes destroyed.  Volunteers for the Mennonite Disaster Services are housed at Camp LaDaSa in a beautiful camp / cabin setting with picturesque Lake Kelly completing this lovely setting.  Work is ongoing on 4 housing sites.  House #1 is completed and weathered in.   House #2 has been finished and weather proof with extra volunteer help due to impending rains expected.  8 volunteers finished this house in the rain.  House #3 is a work in progress with a shed and add -on room.   House #4 is still under construction.  Volunteers built their own trusses. 

We were blessed with baked fresh salmon from Ina, homeowner #1.  This was delicious and a lovely meal.  

There has been much accomplished with so many experienced individuals helping this project move ahead with such great strides in such a short time.  Thanks be to God!