Volunteers to begin week of fixing homes in Maine, NH

Posted July 26, 2014, at 9:27 a.m.

NORTH BERWICK, Maine — This Sunday more than 350 volunteers, mostly youths, from across the country will begin a week of fixing up homes in the Seacoast area of Maine and New Hampshire.

The Parish of Ascension of the Lord, and the Table of Plenty Soup Kitchen are sponsoring the weeklong summer work camp, which is being planned mainly by the national nonprofit Group Workcamps Foundation.

The foundation, based in Colorado, has been bringing together 10- to 20-year-old Christians to renovate homes since 1977.

“The volunteers will spend the week providing free repairs to 55 homes in the area that belong to elderly, handicapped and lower-income residents,” organizers said in a press release.

At night, participants will sleep on classroom floors at Noble High School, eat in the cafeteria and enjoy evening programs in the gym.

“A lot of the program is about making a connection with the residents,” said Michelle Valcourt, the Parish of Ascension of the Lord’s youth ministry coordinator. “We have a house in Berwick, and this woman is so excited.”

The Group Workcamps foundation has 55 camps going on around the country this summer, according to Valcourt.

Organizers of the New Hampshire and Maine work camp are still seeking donations.

“The total cost for materials for this camp is just under $18,000,” said Valcourt. “So far, we have raised $11,000 through individual donations, a benefit concert and a pancake breakfast. We could use any donations that community members are willing to make.”

Businesses and individuals can “Adopt a Crew” for $200. For more information about this opportunity, call Michelle Valcourt at 384-7006 or email her at valcourt4@comcast.net.

Other donations can be made to the Table of Plenty Workcamp, c/o Parish of the Ascension of the Lord, P.O. Box 208, South Berwick, ME 03908. Checks should be made out to “Table of Plenty Workcamp.” Interested parties also can donate at www.gofundme.com/73jtc8.

Distributed by MCT Information Services

 

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