MINOT, ND – The work of Hope Village, the faith-based unified volunteer organized following the 2011 Souris River Flood, has now exceeded the $2 million dollar mark. Its volunteers have provided $2,313,453 in labor toward the rebuild since Hope Village’s opening in April 2012.
So far, the effort has hosted 343 teams for a total of 3,858 volunteers from 42 different states and four different Canadian provinces. These volunteers have put in 120,610 hours of various types of work related to flood relief.
IndependentSector.org just updated its net worth for a volunteer hour to $19.18. The number, from 2011, is up from $17.50.
That raise bumped Hope Village’s contribution from $2.1 million to $2.3 million.
“Were grateful to all the volunteers who have helped us reach and surpass this amazing milestone,” said Pastor Paul Krueger, director of Hope Village. “Every one of these volunteer hours makes a difference in someone’s life, gives them hope, and brings them one step closer to a new normal for their lives.”
Hope Village is a multi-denominational cooperative that gives out-of-town volunteer teams a place to stay as they work to rebuild homes that were devastated by Minot’s floods last year. The Village can house 160 volunteers on site.
With its partners, the Hope Village effort coordinates job assignments during rebuild. Hope Village volunteers have power-washed homes, removed and replaced siding, hung sheet rock, installed windows, cabinets and flooring and done other rebuilding projects.
So far, Hope Village volunteers have closed close to 400 cases, completing 325 of those homes. There are still about 100 homes remaining.
“I can think of few gifts that can have a greater impact in someone’s life than volunteering to meet another person’s need,” Krueger said. “What an impact!”
Contact: Linley Wartenberg, 701-340-7728 or 850-322-8212