Hurricane Ian Disaster Response FAQ’s

What is the cost to attend?

It is free! We provide the food and lodging. We just ask that you show up with a willing heart to serve. We rely on churches, businesses, individuals, and our volunteers for donations.

What times can we arrive to “check in” to 516 Project?

Starting Wednesday October 5th, 2022 you may arrive at the church and any day after prior to the 22nd. The check-in area will be open from 7:00 am – 7:00 pm.

The first meal will be breakfast Wednesday October 5th. The last meal will be breakfast Saturday October 22nd.  (Please DO NOT contact the church office directly)

What are the sleeping arrangements?

We will be staying at Community Life Church

The address is: 19048 Edgewater Dr. Port Charlotte, FL 33948

Please DO NOT contact the church office directly.

Lodging will be separated by gender. Please bring a cot, air mattress or pad.

What should I bring?

  • 516 Project shirt(s) If you do not have one, one will be provided
  • Bible
  • Case of water, work gloves
  • Linens, pillow, blanket, air mattress, cot, sleeping bag
  • Towel, Toiletries

Can I bring my pet?

No.

Do I have to bring my own food?

No. We will provide 3 meals each day. Typically some snacks are available as well.

What kind of work will we be doing?

We will be removing debris and mud from the inside of homes. Cutting trees, tarping roofs, removing damaged furniture and other household items. Removing flooring, drywall, insulation etc. This is physically demanding work. Most importantly we will be sharing the love of Jesus.

Should we bring tools?

Yes! Please bring any tools that you can, especially those that you would anticipate using for removing debris or mucking out a home (general hand tools, pry bars, shovels, hammers, saws etc) If you have industry specific tools or equipment that you think may help, please contact the site lead first.

Can we bring our youth group or our children?

No. Due to the many variables of disaster response trips as well as safety concerns and possible law enforcement regulations, everyone needs to be 18 or older. If you arrive with

a child younger than 18, they will not be able to volunteer.

What will be a typical day serving with 516 Project?

Breakfast will start at 7am. We will spend time together with a special time of worship and devotion before we head out to help the families. Lunch will be delivered or taken to the job sites by the volunteers. Dinner will begin at 6:00 pm. Lights out is 10pm.

What else can we do to prepare?

  1. Please pray for the families that were affected and that God would move mightily through His people over the next three weeks.
  2. Volunteer! If you are reading this, you are doing that! Thank you!
  3. We are hoping to receive donations to cover the costs of this response. If you, your family, or your church family are interested in making a donation, GIVE TODAY or text GIVE to 540-456-9551 OR send your gift to:

 

516 Project

10908 Courthouse Rd. Suite 102148

Fredericksburg Va. 22408

 

If you have any additional questions, please email info@516project.org

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