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Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response

Hammers up! Volunteers needed to continue Minot recovery

It’s been two years since the Souris River flood devastated the Minot area, but the need for volunteers remains urgent. With construction season in full swing, Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response plans to wrap up its work in Minot by the end of October.

“We received additional funds from the state to help us continue our work in Minot this year, including support for electrical work, plumbing and for our core construction staff and site supervisors,” said Shirley Dykshoorn, program director. “We are continuing to utilize volunteers. More than $2.6 million in volunteer labor has been donated to the rebuilding effort in Ward County, and we also have received significant support—nearly $400,000—from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation for our work in Minot.”

Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response is a founding partner of Hope Village, a volunteer center that was organized following the 2011 flood. Hope Village partners have contributed 114,715 hours of volunteer labor toward the rebuild since its opening.

So far, the effort has served 310 teams for a total of 3,445 volunteers. The volunteers have assisted more than 390 homeowners and closed 325 cases.

Volunteers are still urgently needed to complete the recovery efforts. If you have experience remodeling your house, you have the experience we need! Call 701-500-5206 to find out more.

Information on Hope Village can be found at

Our Impact This Year

  • People received help with immigration-related services


  • Problem gamblers who found help


  • Hours of training provided by Child Care Aware to early childhood workforce


  • Seniors provided with companionship in North Dakota


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