Thank you for your interest in volunteering with March2Recovery! Before you plan your visit, please read through the following. If you have any further questions, read the information below or email us at vrc@march2recovery.org.

What type of work will I be doing?

March2Recovery is in the rebuilding phase of the recovery process. Skilled volunteers are needed to rebuild houses, replace siding and roofing, perform minor house repairs, rebuild sheds and more. Each day’s work varies widely based on the current needs of the community. We will do our best to utilize your skills to the fullest, but we ask for your flexibility as we prioritize jobs based on both urgency and availability of labor.

Do I need to have special skills to volunteer?

In general, we need volunteers with building skills. We will, however, give priority to individuals who meet the needs of the community at the time. We are currently looking for volunteers with skills in carpentry, plumbing, HVAC, roofing and electric, plus others who can assist skilled volunteers on worksites where these activities are taking place.

How long do you expect to need volunteers?

Rebuilding is expected to continue through the fall of 2013. We will need volunteers throughout, so please let us know when you’re interested in helping out!

How old do you have to be to volunteer?

The minimum age to volunteer on a jobsite is 16 years old, with a signed permission slip from a parent or legal guardian for those ages 16 and 17. We do not have work for younger teens, but we may be able to refer such volunteers to another agency in the area that could utilize energetic individuals of that age group. If you are interested in these opportunities, please indicate so on your volunteer registration form. These opportunities may be limited, however.

Where will I stay during my trip?

All volunteers are responsible for arranging their own housing, but we have compiled a list of some available options. Please do not book any housing until you have received a confirmation of your trip from the March2Recovery Volunteer Reception Center. Please click here for a list of possible options or call (502) 599-8557.

 Are meals provided?

Yes. There is one center in the Nabb area that is currently set up to serve lunch to volunteers at no charge. Once you arrive, please let us know if you will be taking advantage of this meal opportunity so that the facility can plan accordingly. Volunteers are responsible for providing their own breakfast and dinner.  (Please check back with us on this point within a few days of your scheduled arrival, as this option may change.)  We can also arrange meals, if necessary.

What do I need to wear on the jobsite?

All volunteers should come equipped with long pants, a long sleeved shirt, work boots, and work gloves.

What should I bring with me?

Sunscreen and a hat are recommended.  We can provide the use of some larger power tools and ladders, but please bring smaller hand tools and power tools with you.  Our construction manager will contact you a few days before your scheduled start date to give you a better idea about the specific jobs that you will be doing, so you will have a better idea about what to bring.

If you hold a license or certification in any of the fields listed on the registration forms, please indicate that on the Volunteer Worksite Skills Assessment and bring them with you for verification.

How and when will I receive my work assignment?

While the system could change in the future, currently our work schedule varies from day to day, making it difficult give assignments more than three or four days in advance. Once you have completed your volunteer registration form, we will contact you to confirm that we have space available, so you can begin to make housing arrangements. We will do our best to contact you a week or so before your planned visit to give you an idea of the type of work you will be doing. In some cases, however, we will be unable to give you an exact assignment until your arrival. The more information we have about your group, the easier it is to plan, so please provide as much information as possible on the volunteer registration and Volunteer Worksite Skills Assessment forms.

Where do I report to volunteer?

The March2Recovery Volunteer Reception Center is located at

Monroe Township Volunteer Fire Department
315 S Ferguson (US-31)
Henryville, IN 47126
We are located in the back of the fire station on the top floor. Please use the back door.

If you are volunteering with a group, the each group member is not required to complete a registration form. Each person is required to complete a volunteer waiver, however.  Volunteers should report to the Volunteer Center to receive work assignments on their initial scheduled date. We will be glad to share some coffee with you and show you a presentation of slides taken just after the March 2nd tornados, as well as a few points about safety issues.  On subsequent days of volunteering, folks can go straight to their assignments without stopping at the Volunteer Center.

What are the work hours and days?

The Volunteer Reception Center is open Monday through Saturday from 7:30 AM until 4:00 PM. Though the center is not open on Sunday, if you or your group would like to volunteer on a Sunday we can arrange an assignment for you ahead of time.  Once work assignments are given, volunteers may be flexible regarding their work schedule.  We do ask that arrangements are firmed up regarding the return of any of March2Recovery’s checked out equipment, if applicable, during the above stated work hours.

What forms are required?

For individuals who are not associated with a scheduled group and who wish to volunteer, please complete the online registration form before you plan your trip. You will also be required to print and sign a waiver of liability. This form must be turned in at the Volunteer Reception Center before you begin work.

If you are planning to bring a group, the team leader must complete both the group registration form and the Volunteer Workplace Skills Assessment. (Each group member DOES NOT need to complete an online individual registration). We will need to be in communication with you approximately 1 week prior to your scheduled start date for final confirmation of the trip. Each volunteer will also be required to print and sign a waiver of liability. This form must be turned in at the Volunteer Reception Center before you begin work.  These forms are also available at the Volunteer Center if necessary.

Once I volunteer, can I come back?

Certainly. We hope that you have a great experience volunteering with us, and we would love to have you back! Please let us know if you are thinking about a return trip and we will work with you to schedule it.

 

2 Responses to Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Debra Church says:

    The church is having a meeting this Sunday to go over the plans for our mission trip. Pastor Cindy (Celebration UM Church Winona, IN) thinks it would be best for us to arrive there Thursday (Aug. 8) evening so we can get an early start Friday morning(Aug. 9) My phone got destroyed so I do not have any numbers to contact you. Please contact me either by e-mail or phone, 574-265-6711.

    Looking forward to your call,

    Debra Church

  2. Debra Church says:

    We have changed our trip to Oct. 18th to the 22nd. I have spoke to the organizer, Beverly Knight, and got the approval for those dates. We have around 25 people making this trip. As you can imagine in a group of that size, we have a number of abilities. Thank you for your assistance.

    Trip co-ordinator,

    Debra Church
    Celebration United Methodist Church
    Winona, IN

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