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What is the mission of Eight Days of Hope?

Jesus Christ commands us to love others in action. By using the gifts that He has blessed us with, Eight Days of Hope shares Christ’s love to those whose homes and lives have been damaged by a natural disaster. We are an all-volunteer, non-profit disaster relief organization. We help families that did not have the right insurance or, enough insurance, rebuild their homes. Our commitment to local communities is to work with local churches and organizations in meeting physical and spiritual needs. Our commitment to donors is to use the resources they have given to the fullest potential for the greatest good among those in need. Our commitment to volunteers is to provide them an opportunity to use their skills and talents to the Glory of God.

Where has the ministry served in the past?

Eight Days of Hope started in 2005; right after Hurricane Katrina hit the gulf coast. In fact, four of our first five trips were to the towns of Waveland and Bay St. Louis  in Mississippi. The other trip was to Lake Charles, La., as we helped in the rebuilding after Hurricane Rita. Later, in 2008 after the devastating spring floods, we served in the Cedar Rapids, Iowa area. In the fall of 2010, we found ourselves answering the call in Nashville, Tn., to help with the rebuilding after the flooding that occurred. In 2011, for our eighth trip we went to Smithville, Ms. and Hackleburg, Alabama. These two communities had suffered the rage of an F5 tornado that left these towns in shambles. In the spring of 2012, we ministered in North Carolina. Another hurricane, this time, Irene, had brought wind and water damage to Pamlico County’s citizens. Eight Days of Hope brought over 1,600 volunteers on this eight day trip. In March of 2013, God opened the door for us to serve once again. This time it was to help the residents of LaPlace, La., located about 30 miles west of New Orleans. Hurricane Isaac had brought this area to its knees but Eight Days brought Hope. This has been our biggest outreach to date, as 2,510 volunteers from 43 states and four countries showed up in full force….all in the name of Jesus!

How is an area chosen as a site for an Eight Days of Hope event?

Many things go into choosing a site for an Eight Days of Hope event. Recommendations come from past volunteers, Ambassadors, Leaders and local groups in the affected area. Prayer is then devoted to making a decision and if so led, an initial scouting trip is planned. A local organization to partner with (usually a Long Term Recovery Coalition that is already working with the residents in that area) is essential. A willingness on the part of local authorities to work with us on permits and codes is key as well. Lodging, usually in the form of a church gym or community center is important. Paramount to any trip being planned is God opening doors for the organization in the process and a sense of peace about the event.

How soon after a disaster does Eight Days of Hope start looking to help disaster victims rebuild?

Like you, the leadership of Eight Days of Hope, is watching the news with an eye toward natural disasters all over the nation. Many organizations specializing in first response and initial relief show up immediately. Experience over the past ten events has shown that although we can look and even plan shortly after a disaster we can be most effective having an event 120-180 days after the disaster.

Why doesn’t Eight Days of Hope have a schedule of events at the beginning of each year?

Many things go into choosing a site for an Eight Days of Hope event. Recommendations come from past volunteers, Ambassadors, Leaders and local groups in the affected area. Prayer is then devoted to making a decision and if so led, an initial scouting trip is planned. A local organization to partner with (usually a Long Term Recovery Coalition that is already working with the residents in that area) is essential. A willingness on the part of local authorities to work with us on permits and codes is key as well. Lodging, usually in the form of a church gym or community center is important. Paramount to any trip being planned is God opening doors for the organization in the process and a sense of peace about the event.

How many staff personnel does Eight Days of Hope employ?

Eight Days of Hope has no paid staff. A cellphone bill, insurance and storage facilities for equipment are the only ongoing expenses supported by the organization. All of the work, from the board of directors to the maintaining of equipment and website, is done by uncompensated volunteers. We strive to be great stewards of what God has blessed us with…especially with donations.

What is the leadership structure of Eight Days of Hope?

Eight Days of Hope is led by a Board of Directors. These six Board members have been on all ten trips with two of them being a part of the original leadership team, including one of the co-founders. The Director’s areas of responsibility are carefully chosen according to their gifts and callings. There are also twenty nine volunteers that make up our “Ambassador Advisory Board” and 6 who are part of the "Junior Ambassador Advisory Board". They live all across the country. These Ambassadors serve on teams aiding the Board to carry out the work needed before, during and after a trip. At an event, Directors are distinguished by a dark blue, button up shirt and Ambassadors wear medium blue shirts in the same style and design as other volunteers.

How can I raise awareness and financial support for Eight Days of Hope?

One of the easiest ways to increase awareness and possibly generate financial support for Eight Days of Hope is by directing people to our website eightdaysofhope.com. From here they can find out about the history of the organization and latest plans. You can make a donation, connect to our social media, see pictures and videos of past trips and so much more. Soon there will be downloadable information right on the website for you to share with your church, organization or family.

What Eight Days of Hope marketing materials are available for me to share with my church’s mission board?

Currently we are in development on some exciting new resources. Not only will there be printable information to share but a video is in the works that would be perfect for sharing!