Have you ever experienced the feelings associated with helping someone in need? Taken together with the satisfaction of a job well done, most West Virginia Work Campers say the feelings are almost indescribable.The West Virginia Work Camp – a one-week immersion experience, putting faith into action to help the impoverished of Appalachia have safe, warm, and dry homes – can help you experience those feelings. From Massachusetts, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, and Florida, roughly 200 teens and adults gather and form some 15 to 20 teams to work on projects in Cabell-Lincoln County. Rebuilding porches, replacing windows, repairing roofs, fixing kitchens and baths – leaving a home in better shape than it was found for grateful homeowners.
But it’s not all work. Crews finish by mid-afternoon each day, and the camp has a swimming pool, volleyball court, basketball hoop, and wide open field for all to enjoy. Local church organizations provide real, hearty southern cooking for breakfasts and dinner, served in the dining hall. Fellowship, camaraderie, and long-term friendships follow!
If you’re 16 years old (or 15 accompanied by a parent), you are eligible to join the Work Campers from All Saints, Central Congregational, and Mont Vernon NH on this incredible journey. No construction experience? No worries – each crew includes several experienced Work Campers who can “show you the drill”.
The Work Camp is 15 – 23 June, and registration deadlines are fast approaching, and planning and fundraising are underway. Costs after fundraising are usually in the $300 range, which covers travel expenses and all of the building supplies that the Work Camp pre-orders. We realize it is a busy time of year, coinciding with many area high school final exams; the clergy and leadership stand ready to work with your school officials to arrange alternative test dates, and to assure them of the value of this mission trip.