Work crews are still needed to operate tractors, and bobcats; clean out waterlogged carpet and drywall, clear debris and rebuild. New volunteer needs include providing emotional and spiritual support to those whose lives have been devastated by this tragedy.
What We Are Asking Of Volunteers:
- Provide or arrange own transportation to Ocean Springs.
- Use air respirators to protect against mold exposure (if working on crews inside damaged buildings); C.O.R.E. will provide the respirators.
- Bring necessary hand tools, work gloves, eye protection, hearing protection and work shoes (depending on specific volunteer activities)
- Bring sleeping bag, pillow and towels; cots are provided
- Be prepared to deal with the weather, (hot or cold as appropriate); hats, sunglasses, sun block are highly recommended in warm times, extra clothing and blankets in the cold. The tents are heated and cooled, but please remember they are tents and the heating and cooling systems and not made for tents. We appreciate your understanding in this area.
- Recognize that they are living in work camp conditions; basics are provided but comfort luxuries are not available
- Tetanus inoculation is required.
- Have a spirit of giving and not be a burden on other volunteers or camp staff
Minimum age of 18 years to work in cleaning and sanitizing houses.
Minimum age of 16 years to work in rebuilding houses, but sufficient adult supervision must be provided.
As donations towards Katrina relief dwindle, we feel obligated to request that volunteers assist in the expense of operating and feeding the camp. A donation of $60 per person per week, or $10 per person per day is requested to assist in food and camp expenses. This is a only a request and is NOT a requirement for participation. If you are able to help… great. If not, we still welcome and appreciate your service. Any additional donations are of course greatly appreciated.
Types Of Work Assignments
- Clean up Crew – Going into homes and pulling out carpet, furniture, sheetrock, and other items ruined by water
- Base Camp Crew – Setting up and organizing tents, trailers, and other logistical needs to operate the base camp
- Rebuild Crew – All trade skills needed to assist in rebuilding homes.
Directions To The Base Camp
Take I-10 to Exit 57
Go South to Hwy. 90 and take a right
Base camp is on the right, west side of St. Paul United Methodist Church
Click on “contact us” tab for map and contact numbers.
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Answers To Frequently Asked Questions
- You do not need chainsaws of generators.
- There is electricity in the tents, but you need to bring an extension cord or power strip
- The bunks are twin size. A twin size blow up mattress will fit bunks but not cots.
- The weather changes daily, check it out on
- Materials are readily available, but come prepared to spend a little money on miscellaneous materials.
- We try to have the needed materials on the job when you get there, but be prepared to shop a little.
- We have some tools but please bring any special tools of your trade.
- There are no laundry facilities on site, but one is close by.
- Wal-Mart is available for shopping needs.
- There is no online registration
- Downloading CORE registration forms DOES NOT register you.
- You are not registered as a volunteer unless you call and speak to a CORE office staff member @ 228-875-3416 and receive a confirmation. Office hours are Monday – Friday 8:30a.m. – 4:00p.m. (central time)
- For faster registration upon arrival, please have your volunteer “Individual Registration From” and “Lability Release Form” filled out before you arrive.
- Wednesday nights are St. Paul’s church dinners. You may attend for a $5.00 donation per person.
- Yes, you do need transportation to job sites