Archive for the ‘USA’ Category

ARKANSAS: Announcing Project Mena

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

On Thursday April 9th an EF3 tornado tore through Mena, Arkansas leaving in its wake a 14.5 mile path of destruction damaging over 600 homes and affecting thousands of lives. In response, HODR sent an assessment team to survey the damage and has been in the area since early Sunday morning. After speaking with local officials, other response organizations and touring the affected community, we would like to announce the start of Project Mena. Due to the localized nature of the damage and the overall response from the community and other organizations, we anticipate the duration of this project will be 30 days (ending on approx. May 15, 2009).

We would like to thank the Mena Church of God for opening their doors to HODR, donating space for us to run our operations. At this time the workload consists of tree clearing and general debris removal with occasional work on affected roofs. As the recovery develops we anticipate expanding our programs to match the needs of the community; to keep up to date on project progress please follow our twitter micro-blog for the latest news, and click here to view photos.

We’d love to see you in Mena! For those interested in volunteering please email Tom at with your planned arrival and departure dates and read the Volunteer Info to know what to expect.

If you can’t make it please consider donating to HODR to support our work – become a Monthly Donor and your monthly gift of any amount will be matched through August by an anonymous donor – or you can donate directly to support our Mena Response Fund!

Bill Driscoll Jr.
US Operations Director

ARKANSAS: Mena Tornado Assessment

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Mena, Arkansas was struck by an EF3 tornado at 8:10 PM on 4/9/09. Area reports at this time estimate that there are about 100 homes destroyed and 600 damaged.

HODR is sending an Assessment Team to the area to evaluate the needs and potential for a HODR recovery project.

If you’re interested in volunteering with us in Arkansas, if a response project develops from the assessment, please email Tom at so we can gauge potential volunteer interest.

Follow the US Team at and check for updates as information becomes available.

MIDWEST: Flood Watch

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

HODR is actively monitoring the developing flood situation in North Dakota and Minnesota.

We have had regular contact with MN VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) and are participating in both MN and ND VOAD conference calls daily.

Area rivers are at “major flood stage” and continuing to rise. Thankfully, at the time of this post, waters have not entered any densely populated areas. Should the flood waters breach levees and damage a significant number of homes HODR will send an assessment team to the affected area to evaluate the needs and potential for a HODR volunteer response project.

Follow along as we monitor the situation via our US Operations Twitter micro-blog,, and check back to for future updates.

-Bill Driscoll, Jr.
US Operations Director

IOWA: Project Cedar Rapids 90-Day Report

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

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90 days in Cedar Rapids…and oh, what a ride it’s been

300th Home

The focus for the majority of Project Cedar Rapids has been cleaning out flood-affected homes. Through our dedicated efforts we reached and passed a milestone—we cleaned/gutted out our 300th home! As the project evolves we will continue mucking and gutting and work towards our membership in the 400 club.

USA: Hurricane Ike Assessment Update

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

Our Hurricane Ike assessment team evaluated damage and response levels in the coastal communities of both Texas and Louisiana. We assessed the needs that are present now and those that may arise in the coming weeks. In order to obtain the most accurate information possible, we met with numerous area emergency officials, church pastors, mayors, community members and representatives from other responding relief organizations.

USA: Hurricane Ike Assessment Announcement

Monday, September 15th, 2008


USA: Hurricane Ike

Sunday, September 14th, 2008


USA: Project Cedar Rapids 60-Day Report

Friday, September 5th, 2008

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60 Days in Cedar Rapids = 1300+ volunteers, 225 homes and let the drywall’n begin!

USA: Project Cedar Rapids in the Press

Sunday, August 3rd, 2008

Click here for the Cedar Rapids Gazette’s comprehensive coverage of HODR’s ongoing flood relief project in Iowa.

ABC News: ‘Person of the Week’ Volunteer Daniel Greene

Saturday, August 2nd, 2008


Daniel Greene, Project Cedar Rapids volunteer, was featured as ‘Person of the Week’ on ABC’s World News for his work with HODR.

“Daniel Greene, a 16-year-old from Atlanta, wanted to work outdoors for the summer. He thought about construction work, but wound up doing de-construction work instead…’You can’t come to a place like this and leave,’ Greene said. ‘You want to stay out here as long as you can to give as much help as possible.’”

Click here for the full article and video segment that was broadcast nationally Friday, August 1, 2008.