HOPE worldwide USA is inviting any interested HOPEww volunteers to travel to Baton Rouge & Denham Springs, Louisiana over Labor Day weekend, September 1-6, to serve victims of the recent flooding. Volunteers will help to clean out and gut flood-damaged homes and may assist in some rebuilding efforts and other duties. Operation Blessing will provide no-cost housing and food for volunteers.
Volunteers should carefully review the details below and may register by clicking here. Registration for this opportunity will close on August 30; registrations will be received on a first-come, first-serve basis until volunteer spots are full.
- Volunteers should arrange and pay for their own transportation to the Baton Rouge/Denham Spring, Louisiana area.
- Volunteer housing is provided by Operation Blessing at no cost to the volunteer. Volunteers will be staying in a church fellowship hall or gymnasium - men sleep in one area, women in another. Volunteers will be provided a cot, but will need to provide their own bedding including a sleeping bag and pillow. Shower trailers are provided. Volunteers should provide their own toiletries (towel, soap, etc). All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) are provided.
- All volunteers must be 18 years or older to stay in volunteer housing. Operation Blessing has a no alcohol and no tobacco policy.
- Volunteers must have access to a vehicle throughout their stay. Those flying in may rent a car at their own expense from a local car rental agency. Due to the severity of this disaster, rental vehicles may be difficult to secure in Baton Rouge, so please reserve your rental vehicle before making flight arrangements. Volunteers may share a vehicle.
- Volunteers should be in good physical condition and able to work in a construction-type atmosphere in high temperatures.
- Operation Blessing will provide all necessary equipment.
- Volunteers should wear long pants and solid, rubber-soled shoes or work boots while serving.
- Volunteers do not need to stay the whole time; they may come for whichever days they are available.
- Despite the organizers’ best efforts, conditions and work flow at disaster recovery sites can be very fluid. Volunteers should remain flexible and patient throughout their stay.
- Click here for Operation Blessing’s sign-up form and here for HOPE worldwide's waiver. Please print, complete and present these forms at check-in. Please do not send these forms in prior to arrival.
- If you plan to come and wish to, please feel free to bring the following items to donate to our brothers and sisters who have been displaced by the flooding: laundry detergent, soap, lotion, baby wipes, shampoo, conditioner, school supplies and backpacks. There is also a need for toys for a girl, 11 yrs and boys, 6 yrs and 8 yrs.
Click here to register to serve. Within 24 hours of submitting your registration, you will receive an email with the address to which you should report.
Thank you so much for your heart to serve – we are grateful for your compassion and so proud of our volunteers.
Not able to volunteer in person? Click here to donate.