As you know the COVID-19 situation is very fluid so the information below is certainly subject to change as we make every effort to make your volunteer experience as safe as practical. And, of course, also protecting the homeowners we serve. We’ll be asking you to sign an additional certification upon arrival regarding your potential exposure (see downloadable document file). And we’ll also give a detailed COVID-19 rules of the road for you upon arrival.
Wikipedia is an excellent source of information about Hurricane Florence that you can access by clicking here.
711 Washington Street
Portsmouth, VA 23704
Phone: (757) 292-4264
Oscar Patterson Elementary School
A: You’ll be staying at Patterson Elementary, an elementary school mothballed immediately after Hurricane Michael, but recalled to duty to host volunteers for the recovery. The physical address above is not for mailing. Use the following for mailing:
Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders
PO Box 35492
Panama City, FL 32412
B: We have capacity for 10 volunteers housed in former classrooms.
C: The kitchen and dining area are located in the school cafeteria.
D: We expect most of the worksites to be within 10 miles of your housing.
The registration fee ($175) is used to cover room & board and miscellaneous volunteer expenses as well as limited construction expenses. Checks should be written to:
Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders
201 West NASA Pkwy
Webster, TX 77598
A: You must be at least 16 years old to volunteer with Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders. Volunteers under 18 years old are permitted to work on the construction site, but
must be supervised by a parent or legal guardian at all times. You must also complete our “Minor Permission Consent Form.”
B: Team leaders will be required to certify on behalf of their sponsoring organization (church, etc.) that all team members have successfully completed a “Sex Offender Registry Check.”
A: Dinner will be provided on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. We look at Wednesday and Friday night as your opportunity to sample the local cuisine. Each weekday, we also provide breakfast and bag lunch.
B: Volunteers may be asked to support the hospitality host with meal preparation, serving and clean-up.
Brief devotions/morning announcements
Leave for worksite
Lunch at worksite
Evening presentations/Face of God (varies)
Yes, the mandatory Sunday night orientation is accomplished in conjunction with the 6 p.m. dinner.
Absolutely! Daily devotions and sharing our stories from the day are important parts of our ministry.
A: The closest airport is Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport ECP, 23 miles from our volunteer camp. We do not provide airport pick-ups.
No, you’ll have to provide your own transportation.
Plan to sleep on a bunkbed with a mattress, so bring a sleeping bag or linens. If you bring linens, be advised the mattresses are Single XL. There should be pillows available. Bring your own towel.
We’ll be doing rehabs — primarily repairing wind damage. However, many homes suffered roof damage resulting in limited interior water damage. On the exterior, you’ll be repairing/replacing roofs, siding, windows and doors. For interior damage, you’ll be insulating, drywalling, floors and doors, cabinets and vanities, trimming, painting, etc.
It is always a good idea to bring your own work gloves and safety glasses. We now have three well stocked tool trailers, but for those of you who prefer to use your own, feel free to bring what you’d like.
Volunteer teams may assist our host with meal preparation, serving and clean up.
There are numerous hotels in the area if you’re more comfortable there.
Yes. We can provide you a list of local restaurants and attractions upon your arrival.
Yes. Your registration fee includes one t- shirt; additional t-shirts will be $15 per shirt.
We have not established relationships with the local RV parks yet. There are several campgrounds in the area, which may now have room for weekly renters.
Lyn Wilson, Volunteer Scheduler Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders