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Mennonite Disaster Service is a volunteer network of Anabaptist churches that responds in Christian love to those affected by disasters in Canada and the United States.
While the main focus is on clean up, repair and rebuilding homes, this service touches lives and nurtures hope, faith and wholeness.
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Quilted Wall Hangings
Since November 2004, MDS house dedications include the gift of a quilted wall hanging to the new homeowners. The wall hangings are made and donated through the Mennonite Church USA Mennonite Women's group. If you are a quilter and would like more information on this program, e-mail MDS at communications(at)mds.mennonite.net.
Volunteer Bill Mast works on tree removal in Pecan Valley, OK, after it was hit by a tornado.
The Millersville University group helped clean up after the storm hit Jasper.
An MDS volunteer removes drywall from a basement in Staten Island, NY. -photo courtesy of Emily Ralph, Franconia Mennonite Conference.
Personal belongings, now garbage, are piled on the side of the road in Staten Island, NY, after Hurricane Sandy. -photo by E. Ralph, courtesy of Franconia Mennonite Conf.
Verna and Alvin cut drywall for the staircase at the project in Braithwaite, LA.
The walls are studded at Mr. Ben and Mrs. Judy's house in West Liberty, KY.
Project Director, Phil, gives a quilt to Miss Joan. MDS repaired her NY home after it was damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
Betty putting up siding at the project in Cordova, AL.
Short-term volunteer, Tyler, from Eastern Mennonite University, mudding in a home in Far Rockaway, NY.
Client, Mr. Keith, shows Project Director, Harold Friesen, the water line on his house from Hurricane Sandy.
Uncle-nephew team, Keith Wagler and Brett Fournier, finish the floor in Ms. Janet's house. Passing the service tradition on to the next generation.
Esther and Bill McCoy sit with Mr. Jessie on his new front porch in Birmingham, AL. Jesse's house was the last home built by MDS in Birmingham after the 2011 tornados.
Ms. Mekie signs the job card for her PHP home in Birmingham, AL, built by churches in Hartville, OH.
Several skid steers work together to clear trees in Pink, OK.
An MDS volunteer operates a skid steer near Pink, OK. Volunteer crews cleaned up trees and debris after the deadly tornados.
A Moundridge, KS, resident and long-time supporter of MDS reported that she received a phone call soliciting funds for MDS. She became suspicious as the conversation progressed, and did not give the caller information he requested. She contacted Jeff Koller, MDS Disaster Response Coordinator for the region, and together they contacted local authorities.
MDS does not call soliciting donations. If you receive a call asking for funds, please do not give any information and contact your local authorities.
MDS Volunteers Respond in Oklahoma
Update June 5, 2013
Storm-battered Oklahoma residents were hit by more tornados over the weekend. Volunteers continue to do clean up work in communities damaged in earlier May tornados.
MDS volunteers began their work in smaller communities in Oklahoma that were hit by tornados on May 19, two days before Moore, OK, was hit by the EF-5 tornado.
MDS volunteer chainsaw crews along with six skid-steers have been working for the past ten days. They are working in the small communities of Shawnee (Pecan Valley and Bethel Acres) and completed some work in Carney, OK. Jeff Koller, MDS Disaster Response Coordinator, reported that as of June 6, over 200 volunteers have worked to clean up 40 properties in the area.
Beginning June 6 a volunteer skid steer operator will begin demolition of several homes in the Pecan Valley community that have been cleared for demolition by insurance companies.
Jay Blough, MDS Oklahoma Unit Chair, investigated the newly damaged areas.
A crew is also scheduled to work in the El Reno, OK, area, responding to the May 31 tornado.
MDS enjoys a long standing partnership with the Oklahoma VOAD and anticipates working with partner agencies within the VOAD to respond to this disaster as needed.
MDS accepts monetary donations to support the clean up work in Oklahoma and other areas hit by disaster. MDS does not accept donations of food and other items.
Monetary donations can be made on the MDS website, mds.mennonite.net, in the US by phone (717) 735-3536, or by mailing a check to MDS, 583 Airport Road, Lititz, PA 17543. In Canada, call (866) 261-1274 or mail cheques to MDS, 6A-1325 Markham Rd, Winnipeg, MB R3T 4J6 Canada. To designate the donation for Oklahoma, write "Oklahoma Tornados 2013" in the memo line of the check.
MDS featured on NBC Nightly News! MDS was featured on the NBC Nightly News on March 29, 2011. To see the story that features our Diamond, La. project, click on the link below:
MDS volunteers are known for repairing and rebuilding homes damaged by disasters. But it takes more than construction skills to serve with MDS. During the time that you serve as a volunteer, you will learn that MDS also restores lives.
Your contribution will help to connect volunteers with disaster survivors who need assistance on their path to recovery. MDS depends on the support of people who believe that disaster response is an important part of helping those who are in need.
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Mennonite Disaster Service project locations are the physical response centers established by MDS in a disaster-affected community. In addition to housing the local MDS office, the projects function as base camps for MDS volunteers who need a place to eat and sleep while they serve. This section of the MDS website contains updated information about current MDS projects.
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