F.A.Q.’s: Pre Trip
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What is Eight Days of Hope X all about?
In late August of 2012, Hurricane Isaac devastated the southern part of Louisiana. Seven thousand homes were flooded and over two billion dollars in damage resulted. The families in the city of LaPlace (pronounced la-ploss), Louisiana were hit especially hard! Most of these families did not have the proper insurance and have little resources to rebuild. This is where we come in! Eight Days of Hope is working with the St. John the Baptist Parish Disaster Recovery Center to help rebuild these families’ homes. Our goal is to use the gifts that God has given us to bless others and share the love of Jesus!
What else can we do to prepare for 8 Days of Hope X?
Please pray that God would be glorified by our actions. Pray for safety! Pray that God sends the people He wants to be a part of Eight Days of Hope X. Pray that God will not only allow us to restore homes but that He opens up many doors for us as we encourage people in the name of Jesus Christ!
Is there a cut-off date to volunteer for Eight Days of Hope X?
Yes. The last day one can volunteer for Eight Days of Hope X is February 24th.
What will be a typical day at Eight Days of Hope X?
Breakfast will start around 6:00 and conclude around 7:15. We will spend 15 minutes together before we head out to the work sites. Lunch will be delivered to the jobs. Supper will begin at 6:00 and conclude at 7:15. An optional devotion and worship time will follow!
What are the sleeping arrangements going to be?
We will be providing accommodations similar to our previous trips. Church gyms and classrooms, segregated by gender, will provide you space to set up your own air mattresses, cots or foam pads that you bring from home. (Please keep the size of the air mattresses less than queen size.) You may also bring a tent and camp outside if you prefer. There will be gender segregated showers and restrooms available. There are RV sites nearby and plenty of hotels also. If you are coming as a family and desire to be housed together, we suggest you bring a tent, RV or pursue hotel accommodations.
Do I have to bring my own food?
No. We will provide all of the food for all volunteers. We are looking for churches and businesses willing to underwrite this cost. With a donation of $4,500 a church or a business can supply the food necessary for all of our volunteers for one day. Please email us at email@example.com for more information. You can also elect to sponsor a meal for $1,500. Please consider doing this as the food costs for our 1,700 volunteers will exceed $40,000!
What kind of work will we be doing?
The primary work will be the rebuilding of the uninsured damaged homes. Almost all of these homes need to be rebuilt. This includes new electrical wiring, insulation, flooring, drywall, carpentry and paint. We are also in dire need of people who have mechanical and plumbing skills! Beyond home restoration there are many support jobs which include data entry, transportation, laundry, cleaning and food service. There is definitely something for everyone’s skill set!
Should we bring tools?
Yes! Please bring any tools that you can, especially those that you would anticipate using. Air Compressors, ladders, drills, drywall tools, paint brushes…etc. Eight Days of Hope has outfitted a tool trailer and will be bringing it to supplement any tools you may not own.
Can we bring our youth group or our children?
Yes, Eight Days of Hope is very family friendly! Every youth volunteer that does not come with their parents, but instead with another adult, will need a special notarized release signed by one of his/her parents that we will keep on file at the registration tables. You must bring this with you when you check in. We are asking for one adult chaperon for every four youth. Please remember that there will be unique sleeping arrangements separated by gender.Families bringing their children will work side by side at the job sites. If families wish to sleep together, there are local motels, campgrounds and RV sites available.
Do we have to stay for all Eight Days?
No. We are asking each volunteer to come for at least three days. Please honor this request.
Is transportation provided from the area airports?
Yes. If you need transportation, please make sure you include your travel information on your volunteer form. We will provide transportation to and from the New Orleans airport. There are many airlines that fly in and out of New Orleans. The airport code is MSY. When volunteering please make note of your travel itinerary.
Can we bring our pets?
We are sorry, but bringing pets is not allowed for health and safety reasons. Please respect this rule. This will be strictly enforced.
If we are coming as a group can we fill out one volunteer form?
No, each volunteer needs to fill out a volunteer form at www.eightdaysofhope.com with an email address. Please make note in the comments section of the volunteer form that you are coming with a group and include the name of the group so we can try to lodge you at one site. All of the members in this group can use one email address for communication purposes.
Will there be any medical support at Eight Days of Hope X?
Yes. We will have at least one Registered Nurse onsite at all times. If you are a medical professional and would like to be added to our list of medical resources, please make a note in the Comments section of your registration form.
Can I bring my RV?
We are sorry but all of the free sites at our command center have been filled.
If we volunteer for the first day (March 9th) when should we arrive?
The volunteer sign in area will open at 2:00 pm on the 8th. Two weeks before you arrive you will receive detail instructions with the information on where you are to go. The first meal we will provide will be supper on the 8th. If you choose to arrive that day please arrive no later than 8:15 pm. Remember that we ask that you serve for a minimum of three days. Please honor that request.
Where do we go when we arrive for Eight Days of Hope X?
St. John Community Center- 2900 New Highway 51 LaPlace, Louisiana. This is located south of interstate 10, about two miles on the right