Mennonite Disaster Service searching for volunteers


Larry Stoner can remember when he volunteered with Mennonite Disaster Service in West Virginia. 

“We went in, in the mud,” he recalled. “[And we] helped to straighten out some of the houses by actually jacking them up.”

Stoner is now on staff with MDS and on-site coordinating volunteers cleaning up from Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas.

“It’s the only way some families are going to get back,” Stoner said.

Volunteers from MDS, based in Manheim Township, are all over the country.

Assistant executive director Ron Guenther said a lot of people came forward ready to help out for Hurricane Florence victims.

Now MDS is putting out the call for more volunteers to help with Hurricane Michael’s aftermath.

“Anyone can volunteer with Mennonite Disaster Service,” Guenther added. “Volunteers don’t have to be a Mennonite.”

Guenther said volunteers don’t even need to be good with a hammer and nails.

“We will take anyone,” he said. “We do ask people to fill out an application form so that we can find out what kind of skill sets people bring to the table.”

If you would like to fill out an application to volunteer with MDS, you can find one here.

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