Love and Serve Cedar Rapids 2021

August 14th - August 21st

Last year, Cedar Rapids experienced a once-in-a-lifetime storm. After serving for three weeks in 2020, we are returning to continue the clean-up effort! 

Our plan is to bring skilled volunteers for eight days to work on as many trees as possible! We are also going to lead a community project to serve local parks in the area. 

That is where you come in! 

For two days, August 14th - 15th, we are going to restore a local park for residents to enjoy! If you live in Cedar Rapids and are interested in serving your community, please read the details and volunteer on our website today! 

We also have another opportunity for you to serve! We are needing additional volunteers to help with the tree crews. We will be pulling limbs and cleaning debris so the family's property will be fully complete when we leave! If you would like to serve in this way, email us at to sign up! 

If you need help with your own property, we would love to help you! Please click the "Need Assistance" button to submit your home below! 

We cannot wait to join hand in hand with you to love and serve your neighbors in Jesus' name! 

Please join us! For all details, click on the "Cedar Rapids Details" button below! 

If you are unable to serve, please pray for this outreach and consider giving to support this opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus. To give, click the "Support this mission today" button below. 

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“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

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The primary goal of our Rapid Response team is to show the Love of Jesus Christ to disaster victims 48-72 hours after a disaster strikes anywhere in the contiguous 48 states. The means of meeting this goal will be through clearing debris, tarping roofs, gutting water-damaged homes, and salvaging personal property. These are the most basic immediate actions necessary to preserve property and livelihood. In so doing, the volunteers seek to build bonds with homeowners, community leaders, and other disaster relief organizations for immediate relief and in hope of laying a foundation for future disaster-recovery efforts.

In a matter of hours, victims are faced with many life-changing decisions and necessary actions that will affect their lives for years to come. The first week following a disaster is a critical window of opportunity for victims and disaster-relief workers to bond together for the good of a victim’s family and the strength of the community. Our Rapid Response team was created to be pivotal in such times.

Typically, it takes Eight Days of Hope 4-6 months to respond to a community’s disaster needs. This falls squarely in the second, and possibly the last wave of help. Until 2014, Eight Days of Hope was not been able to offer any immediate relief, only assistance in disaster recovery.

When a tornado hit Tupelo, MS, the hometown of Eight Days of Hope, local leaders saw first-hand the need for ministry immediately after a disaster strikes. The senior leadership team including, Steve Tybor, Wayne VanLandingham, and others were inspired to take action along with many faithful Eight Days of Hope volunteers. Eight Days of Hope felt God leading us down the path of starting a new national disaster-relief ministry, and that is how our Rapid Response arm was born. 

To date, EDOH has responded to 38 disasters with our Rapid Response arm alone. We have seen God take the brokenness the surrounds a community and plant hope in thousands of lives through this response. 

We would love for you to volunteer with us to experience it first hand! If you are interested in volunteering, please click the "get involved" button on the main page and enter your email address. We will contact you every time we have a trip!