Home repair for the needy by volunteers of all ages

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Baltimore County Christian Workcamp

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The Baltimore County Christian Workcamp (BCCW) is in its 37th 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 37th one will be Monday July 19- Friday July 24, 2020. All sorts of repairs and assistance may be done, e.g.:

  • ramp building
  • painting (inside and outside)
  • plumbing
  • gutter and downspout
  • railings
  • electrical
  • 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 away from the County. Many church youth groups participate. On 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.

For more information, check out www.bcchristianworkcamp.org.

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
*assisting the co-chair, secretary, or treasurer
*assisting with promotion to media and churches for potential workers
*coordinating meals during the BCCW week
*assisting with the silent auction on Sunday July 19 (e.g., coordinating the volunteers who solicit donations, soliciting auction donations, preparing spreadsheets)

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 bcchristianworkcamp@comcast.net.

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About Baltimore County Christian Workcamp

Location:

c/o Hunt's Memorial United Methodist Church, Joppa and Old Court Roads, Riderwood, MD 21139, US

Mission Statement

To share the love of Christ by improving the homes of and providing assistance for some limited income families in Baltimore County, Maryland.

Description

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.)

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

1912 Old Court Road (Old Court Rd and W. Joppa Rd)Towson (base), MD 21204

(39.40924,-76.65388)
 

SKILLS

  • Renovation
  • Home Repair
  • Marketing & Communications (Mar/Com)
  • Public Relations
  • Administrative Support
  • Program Management

GOOD FOR

  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • See video on July 19, 2020 at Kick-Off Dinner or on-line at BCCW website
  • Under 16 requires adult supervision

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