FirstLink: Volunteers Desperately Needed In Minot

Disaster recovery from this spring’s flooding in Minot, ND, continues to be in a critical phase. Immediate volunteer help is desperately needed to assist home owners with clean up following the June 22nd flood that impacted 1/4th of the city’s residential dwellings. 4100 homes were affected by the flood waters and each day that passes without help creates an even more critical situation as winter weather quickly approaches. On August 11th, a mere six volunteers were checked in to the Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR) system while in the same time period, 1243 homes were requesting assistance through the RCC (Recovery Coordination Center). Numerous families have been affected and are waiting for assistance, including elderly, handicapped, and single-parent families.

Thanks to the organizing efforts of Lutheran Disaster Response, resources from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, supplies donated by Orphan Grain Train, and the tireless work of local congregations, movement is now in place to seek an immediate 300 volunteers per day for this critical time. Groups of volunteers or individual volunteers can quickly register through the web site of Our Savior Lutheran Church ( in Minot, which has been serving as the staging area for LDR’s efforts. Group leaders and individuals can also contact LDR directly at 218-443-4970 to register, ask questions, and receive the registration packet. In order to facilitate a quick response, volunteers can receive the necessary forms via email and can arrive in Minot with as little as a two-day notice. Workers are asked to report to the LDR office at Our Savior Lutheran Church at 3705 – 11th Ave SW in Minotwhere they will receive assignments, necessary training, and equipment for the day’s tasks.

Housing & food is being provided to volunteers and RV locations are available as well so feel free to bring yours with you. To find more detail on this critical need, please contact Lutheran Disaster Response at 218-443-4970 or contact Danette at

For further information regarding North Dakota disaster resources and information, please contact FirstLink at 2-1-1 or (701) 293-6462.

2 Responses

  1. charles vorhees

    please send me a registration packet and information for St Johns Lutheran Church. of

    Bakersfield CA. WE would like to send a gruop to assist in your disaster clean up.

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