CRA Travel Tips
- quickly determine location and dates
- determine number of participants and skilled labor
- assess current budget balance and funds needed
- develop necessary fundraising and donors
- establish all contacts for travel, location, work, funding and food
- communicate regularly with group about what to bring and what to expect
- collect available cell phone numbers, and all waiver forms
- refer to CRA Policies regarding dues, dates and drop-outs
- Travel Time has been used to coordinate group travel
- Agents: Michele Fries, Chris Kangisser
- Airports: Philadelphia, BWI
- Trains: Amtrak, SEPTA (Philly regional)
- Long train trips tend to be more expensive and exhausting
- Vans: Alamo, local F&M vans to BWI
- Direct flights have been cheaper and faster
- Mini-vans are cheaper. F&M no longer allows rental of full-size vans
- It is possible to swap-out participants 48 hours before flight
- CRA trips to date have included Picayune, Pascagoula, and New Orleans
- Trips have involved varying degrees of skills
- To date, we have not had to provide tools or supplies
- Skilled laborers have included: Steve Hicks, Steve Spadafore, Mike Joseph and Hans Gulati. We have also worked with a VA Baptist church, the Harrisburg Diocese and Common Ground
- We worked with 100 Home (Red Cross, Salvation Army) during the Jan. 2008 trip. Site coordinators were Ed and Joe Castillo.
- It might be a good idea to pre-train for basic skills, since there are no guarantees that CRA can procure skilled labor.
- To date, CRA has not been able to find or use F&M skilled labor, like Facilities.
Lodging & Food
- Lodging can be basic, but should be safe, clean and offer shower facilities
- Location should have adequate cooking facilities for a group of 15-20.
- Breakfasts and lunches tend to be cereals and sandwiches.
- Group should find or assign cooks for dinners
- Everyone is responsible for cleanup of lodging, kitchen and dining facilities