Disaster Relief Teams

All volunteer registrations must be received 48 hours in advance of arrival so proper work arrangements can be made.

Over a two-week period beginning in late August, a sizeable region in West Central Wisconsin received a substantial amount of rain causing flooding in six counties.  After surveying multiple sites and carefully planning with partners in those regions, we have identified several cities that need help.  The Office of Mission and Human Care is coordinating with St. Paul Lutheran Church in Reedsburg, WI to establish a volunteer relief center to work there and in surrounding communities.

Location:
St. Peter Lutheran Church
345 N Pine Street
Reedsburg, WI 53959

The Relief Center includes the following:
– Overnight accommodations in a common space (not gender specific)
– A commercial kitchen for food preparation, cooking, storage and cleaning (each group prepares)
– Showers (gymnasium)
– Tools
– Supplies such as drywall, tape, mud, etc.

Work will include mucking (cleaning) out houses, moving furniture and appliances, removing carpet and other flooring, hanging dry wall, taping, mudding, and assisting community members with other tasks.

All volunteers will be coordinated by a Volunteer Coordinator who will assign worksites, provide general center oversite, distribute tools and supplies, and work with team leaders or individuals to coordinate meal and shower schedules.

Because of the nature of work and safety considerations, all volunteers must be at least 16 years old – exceptions cannot be made.

General Daily Schedule

6:30 AM Breakfast preparation for you or your team
7:00 – 8:00 AM Breakfast and lunch preparation/packing by team
8:30 AM Meeting with Volunteer Coordinator
9:00 AM Depart for worksite
Noon – 1:00 PM Lunch (provided by individual or teams)
4:30 PM Clean-up worksite
5:00 PM Depart worksite
5:30 PM Dinner preparation (by individual or teams)
6:30 PM Dinner and showers
11:00 PM Lights out

Again, shower facilities are in a gymnasium and overnight accommodations are in the Concordia Fellowship Hall with limited privacy.  While care and effort has been taken to provide as much privacy as possible, it is recommended that you plan accordingly. It is a common space and not gender specific, individuals staying there should plan on bringing:
– Air mattress or cot
– Bedding or sleeping bag
– flashlight
– flip-flops or sandals
– appropriate sleeping attire

Signing up to volunteer with the South Wisconsin District please follow the easy steps:

  1. Click on the Registration and sign up as a team or an individual;
  2. Complete the Medical and Release Form and print it to bring to the site

It should only take a few minutes. Once you sign-up, you will receive an email confirmation with some additional information regarding the location.

Click below to register, and each participant must complete a Medical and Release Form.

Questions may be directed to Rev. Jonah Burakowski at (414) 617-0792 or at Mission@swd.lcms.org.

 

 

 

 

 

October 13 – Lutheran World Relief Box Car Loading

Saturday, October 13, 2018

8:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.m.

The Loading site will take place at:
12th Street and Mt. Vernon
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

If you have any questions, please contact Dennis Walling at 262.514.0113 or 262.389.8225. For details see www.lwr.org or LWR booklet “Be Involved”. Hope to see you there!

 

Disaster Relief Teams

The March 9-16 Disaster Relief Team #6 trip to Port Arthur, Texas completes the Winter/Spring cycle of our Mercy Ministry assistance for Hurricane Harvey. Please stay tuned as one more larger group is to be planned and scheduled for Fall of 2018!


Registration and payment is on a first come basis, and the liability form must be received the week prior to departure.  Once you register you will receive a confirmation email securing your spot on a team which will include a suggested packing list.  All registered participants must be 18 or older (future youth trips are being considered) and each individual should bring an insurance card with them to Texas.This 12-person volunteer team will travel by van and stay at Trinity Lutheran Church in Port Arthur. Work will include site preparation, drywall installation, home restoration, and site clean-up.

Please complete all the fields in the registration and liability forms as this is important information. Please note, a non-refundable $25 background check fee is required to complete your registration. Refunds cannot be issued if you are unable to attend.

Registration and Liability Forms
Open and complete the PDF Registration Form and email it to Burakowski@swd.lcms.org. Click here to pay your $25 fee for a background check (choose “Disaster Relief” from the drop-down menu).

Complete the Liability Form, sign it and mail or email it to the District office one week prior to departure (address below).

The cost is $25 per volunteer for required background checks. Your prayers and monetary donations are also welcome to support the efforts of our relief teams. Contributions may be made on our website, or mailed to:
SWD Hurricane Relief
8100 West Capitol Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53222
Please note in the memo line:
“SWD Hurricane Relief.”

Please contact Rev. Jonah Burakowski at Burakowski@swd.lcms.org or (414) 464-8101 if you have immediate questions.

Information for future Disaster Relief Team trips will be coming this summer.

Specific Trip Information

Shower facilities: Provided (gymnasium) but bring your own towel and toiletries
Laundry: Available
Accommodations: Gender specific space with cots available but you should bring your own bedding
Meals: Teams will prepare daily meals (food provided) but meals while traveling will be your responsibility
Cost: $25.00 for the necessary background check

General Daily Schedule

6:30 AM Breakfast Preparation
7:00 – 8:00 AM Breakfast and Lunch Packing
8:15 AM Depart for Worksites
Noon – 1:00 Lunch
4:30 PM Depart Worksite
5:30 PM Dinner Preparation
6:30 PM Dinner
7:30 – 9:00 PM Debrief and devotion
11:00 PM Lights out

Team Breakdown
Site Manager
The Site Manager is an experienced resident professional, provided by the Texas District, who will manage the site and provide all of the direction to the team.

Team Leader
The Team Leader is a volunteer responsible for facilitating the group schedule by coordinating daily tasks such as meals, showers, travel, and communication with the Site Manager.  The Team Leader should have some experience with basic construction skills and will work with the Site Manager on assigning Team Members to various work site tasks.  Transportation will be the responsibility of the Team Leader and they will assist the Site Manager in the safe and efficient use of tools.

Team Member
The Team member is a volunteer responsible for working at the site, assisting in preparing daily meals and providing compassion to local community members.

Tools
You are encouraged to bring your own tools (travel space is limited), but tools will be provided at the work site. Each member should bring the following:

  • Durable Work Gloves
  • Safety Glasses
  • Hat or Head Covering
  • 2 or 3 N95 Dust/Face Masks or other higher NIOSH labeled Dust/Face Mask of your choosing