Cal-Pac Conference Needs Skilled Volunteers for Rebuild

The California-Pacific Conference includes the island of Saipan where super typhoon Yutu destroyed many of the island's homes and businesses in 2018. Volunteers are needed to help re-build, but certain conditions apply: preferably Early Response Team trained; skilled in construction work; ability to withstand long working days with warm temperatures and high humidity; willingness to eat the island food and respect the cultural differences. Teams would work for a minimum of 2 weeks, plus several days travel, so closer to a 3-week commitment. FEMA would be paying for the travel and some of the expenses. Conditions may seem primitive compared to other UMVIM projects on the mainland. Cal-Pac will receive applications from interested persons and assign teams based on skill sets and availability. It is assumed that the work will take at least 3 months. At this time there are 500 families not able to live in their homes, some living in shelters and some in tents. Much of the work will require ladders to put on and secure tin roofs.

Requests for applications may be sent to Judy Lewis, DFJKLewis [at]