Home repair for the needy by volunteers of all ages
Baltimore County Christian Workcamp
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[Note--The public health recommendations associated with addressing the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a modified 2020 BCCW. We do not know what 2021 will bring; as a result, we have kept in our description what we typically have done and inserted in brackets and in italics what was actually done in 2020.]
The Baltimore County Christian Workcamp (BCCW) is in its 38th year repairing homes and assisting those in Baltimore County during one full week in July (albeit a limited amount of work is done throughout the year). The 38th one will be Sunday July 18- Friday July 23, 2021.[In 2020, there were no activities on Sunday of the week.] All sorts of repairs and assistance may be done, e.g.:
[Only OUTDOOR projects were done during the 2020 BCCW.]
- ramp building
- painting (inside and outside)
- gutter and downspout
- appliance replacement
- house and yard clean-up
This is based on the workcamp model where people travel out-of-state or out-of-country to assist others; however, BCCW is based at a church west of Towson and all sites are within Baltimore County. It is a commuters' workcamp as commitments are only for a day (or more) and volunteers sleep in their own bed at night, plus it is more economical than those workcamps not in the County. Church youth groups often participate. On the Sunday preceding the week, volunteers can attend a silent auction fundraiser, kick-off dinner, and orientation meeting; then Monday-Friday, breakfast at the host church (including packing a lunch), and dinners at different churches and locations. [Volunteers did not meet at the host church in 2020. The Sunday activities did NOT occur, plus there were NO breakfasts/packing lunches and NO dinners during the week. All volunteers went directly to their chosen or assigned sites.]
For more information, check out www.bcchristianworkcamp.org. [Because of COVD-19, there was additional safety precautions to be followed at all sites, e.g., social distancing, the use of masks, etc., as denoted on the BCCW website.]
In addition to this one week of concentrated work at sites, BCCW also has need for ancillary support throughout the year, to include, but not limited, to the following tasks:
*attending our planning meetings during the year [participating in Zoom meetings if like 2020]
*assisting the co-chair, secretary, or treasurer
*assisting with promotion to media and churches for potential workers
*coordinating meals during the BCCW week [There were NO meals in 2020.]
*assisting with the silent auction on Sunday July 18 (e.g., coordinating the volunteers who solicit donations, soliciting auction donations, preparing spreadsheets, monitoring the bidding of items at the auction)[There was NO silent auction in 2020.]
Some of the above does not necessarily require attending the planning meetings or the BCCW week; some can be done from your home (and in climate controlled environment) on your schedule.
If interested in any support activities associated with BCCW, send an email to email@example.com.
About Baltimore County Christian Workcamp
c/o Hunt's Memorial United Methodist Church, Joppa and Old Court Roads, Riderwood, MD 21139, US
To share the love of Christ by improving the homes of and providing assistance for some limited income families in Baltimore County, Maryland.
The BCCW, a 501(c)(3) organization, was founded by two United Methodist ministers in 1984. It is now run by lay people and is completely ecumenical. Each year over 40 homes are repaired throughout Baltimore County during the third week in July. Homes are suggested by the County Department of Social Services or Department of Health, food banks, churches, personal referrals,etc.; sites are then prioritized. The number of sites on which work is performed in any year depends on the number of volunteers, their expertise, the magnitude of each project, the weather, and BCCW's finances. There is a kick-off dinner on Sunday evening at Hunt's UMC, the host church. Each work day starts with breakfast prepared by members from a local church at the host church, the volunteers then prepare their own bagged lunches, volunteers go out to sites, with dinner that evening at local churches. All types of work (e.g., ramps, plumbing, electrical, carpentry, roofing, interior and exterior painting, caulking, inside and outside clean-up) are performed by workers of all ages. Sleeping accommodations at the host church can be available only for supervised large groups traveling from out-of-the region. Individuals must have their own medical/health insurance to participate. Anyone over 16 and willing to work may register; under 16 requires adult supervision. Fee is $25 per week, or $6 per day. Church groups are asked to donate at least $100 for building materials. [In addition, there are planning meetings held throughout the year at Hunt's Memorial UMC.)