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The Services Team is hosting an Ice Cream Social for all volunteers who serve through the auction, the kit depot, fundraising, or the disaster ministry projects on Saturday, September 30. This includes church representatives, volunteers on local or national rebuilding projects, Children’s Disaster Ministries volunteers, auction volunteers, those who assist through donations of items, or who serve locally to help with fundraising activities. This invitation is also extended to those who have an interest in learning more about volunteering with any of these ministry programs. All are welcome to drop by anytime from 2-5 p.m. at the Bridgewater Retirement Community, Alexander Mack Room in Maple Terrace (302 N. Second Street, Bridgewater) and connect with others who volunteer. RSVPs are requested but not required by contacting Anita Landes at or by calling the District Office at 540-234-8555. Download a flyer here and spread the word to other volunteers who may be interested and bring a friend!

Unfortunately, the Shenandoah District Brethren Disaster Ministries program experienced an accident traveling home from Dawson Springs on August 5. Read this prayer alert for the Shenandoah District Disaster Ministry Team’s need for prayer.

Teams of volunteers from the Shenandoah District serve in many ways. There are local projects within the District and teams make several trips to Brethren Disaster Ministries project sites each year to help rebuild communities damaged by hurricanes, floods, and fires.  Read about  the ministry’s accomplishments nationally in 2022 by clicking here.

Short-term service projects are available in cooperation with local community organizations and are on a case-by-case basis.

For weeklong trips, all expenses are paid for volunteer crew members and transportation is provided. The teams generally leave on Sundays, put in a week’s work, and return home on Saturdays. In addition, proceeds from the annual Shenandoah District Disaster Auction and Sale in May help support this ministry.

Upcoming Project Trips

Shenandoah District Disaster Ministries Coordinator Jerry Ruff said the District plans to serve in Dawson Springs, Kentucky, this year. An estimated 900 homes are still in need of moderate to major repairs or replacement after an F4 tornado decimated the area on December 11, 2021. The trip to Dawson Springs is approximately nine and a half hours from the District Office.

2023 Disaster Project Trips (as of January 30, 2023)

Download a graphic of dates here

April 16-22

July 30-August 5

September 17-23

October 22-28

For more information, contact:

Jerry Ruff 540-447-0306;

Galen Halterman 540-256-9356;