Volunteers needed at the Disaster Assistance Center

The Ferncliff Disaster Assistance Center in Little Rock, Arkansas, is one of the two processing locations for Church World Service Gift of the Heart Kits. Volunteers inspect kits that are received from churches around the country and help with receipting, checking, weighing, banding, palletizing and shrink wrapping in order to prepare the kits for shipment following a disaster. Participants may also help with other projects at Ferncliff and/or with other local mission agencies, especially if the work team is large.

Volunteer teams stay (and play) at the Ferncliff Presbyterian Camp and Conference Center.  The Ferncliff Retreat house sleeps up to 25 (5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, full kitchen); the Eco Center (straw bale walled, solar powered, radiant floor heated, very "green" building) can sleep 24 (6 bedrooms, meeting space but only a kitchenette);  Williams Lodge has 4-6 bedrooms with 3 single beds each and a kitchen, and Brown Center hotel rooms are available without cooking facilities. 

  • Contact the PDA Call Center at (866) 732-6121, or send your phone number and details about your interest by email to the PDA Call Center.
  • Minimum age high school; youth to adult ratio 5 to 1
  • Opportunities at Ferncliff for long term individual volunteers or couples to help with general hospitality during spring and fall (1-3 months)


Volunteer mucking-out teams needed in Pocahontas, AR

Arkansas VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) need work teams to help muck-out houses following recent storms. If you have a group that can give a day or two or more, please contact Byron Mann at 870-826-0268 or Sherry (Volunteer Reception Center for Pocahontas and Walnut Ridge) at 501-492-9072. Housing may be available, call Byron or Sherry for more information.


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