Assist homeowners in Mississippi devastated by a tornado

Location: Durant, MS

Minimum Age: Volunteers must be at least 14 years or older. Youth, ages 14-15, must be accompanied by their parent/legal guardian and youth, ages 16-17, must be accompanied by an adult chaperone unless the team is registered as a youth group. Youth groups may serve with Samaritan’s Purse and are required to complete a Youth Leader Covenant. Please click for more information on our Youth Policy: http://spvolunteernetwork.samaritanspurse.org/youth-policy/

Project Description: Volunteers will be assisting homeowners affected by a recent tornado. Teams will be assisting with debris clean up, tree work, and roof tarping.

Background Information: The Midwest and Southern regions of the US have experienced repeated heavy spring storm systems. A recent storm produced tornadoes across central Mississippi. The small town of Durant, MS has almost 300 homes effected; over 80 homes are significantly damaged or destroyed.

Additional Information: Meals and sleeping quarters will be provided for overnight volunteers at Williamsville Baptist Church in Kosciusko. Volunteers need to bring twin size air mattress or cot, linens/sleeping bag, pillow, towels and personal hygiene items. Tools will be provided, but volunteers may bring their own tool belts and small hand tools. Volunteers should dress in long pants and bring work gloves, safety glasses, and sturdy boots.

Local / Day Volunteers: If you are local to the area or do not need overnight accommodations we welcome you to serve for the day. Please arrive at the location where the Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Relief unit is parked at 8:00 am or 12:30 pm for orientation, Monday through Saturday.  The unit is parked at 16110 North Jackson Street, Durant, MS 39063, we will accept volunteers beginning Sunday, May 7. To reach the site by phone call 662-705-0947. We will pair you with an experienced team leader to go out to work. Please bring a bagged lunch and water with you. Volunteers will work Mondays – Saturdays and some Sunday afternoons.