Teen Serve 2019 Looking for Home Owners In Need
As many as 80 local residents will benefit from the work of a projected 400 adult and teenage volunteers at the Teen Serve Pine Island 2019 Workcamp coming to Pine Island, MN July 7-13, 2019. The Workcamp will provide free home repairs through TeenServe, sponsored locally by New Life Church-Wanamingo, MN.
TeenServe is a non-profit, interdenominational Christian volunteer home-repair organization headquartered in Rossville, Indiana TeenServe has completed work on over 2100 homes, with over 11,000 participants since its inception in 1999, serving communities throughout the United States.
At each Workcamp, teenagers and adults – all members of church youth groups – volunteer a week of their time to repair homes throughout the community. “This represents about 12,000 hours of volunteer labor and more than $190,000 of free home repairs for local residents,” said Roberta Callahan (Co-Sponsor Director) of New Life Church-Wanamingo, MN. “Hundreds of outstanding young people from all over the United States will be coming to serve in your community next summer! These young people are looking forward to working on homes and building relationships throughout the community. “said Jeff LaBelle, co-founder of TeenServe. “Everyone in our organization is excited to be part of this event.”
The Workcamp will be housed at Pine Island High School with participants sleeping on classroom floors, eating in the cafeteria, and enjoying evening programs in the gym. “This service to the community would be impossible without the wonderful cooperation of Pine Island High School,” remarked Roberta Callahan. TeenServe will reimburse all costs related to the use of the school.
“There is a Co-Sponsor team coming together from 2-4 area churches that will be conducting site inspections on homes in which homeowners have applied for services, we are also working with local Habitat for Humanity and utilizing their ‘A Brush with Kindness Program’, fundraising with local businesses, residents and churches, and publicizing the camp to recruit volunteers and teen work groups. The communities and areas within the radius include: Pine Island, Wanamingo, Kenyon, West Concord, Goodhue, Zumbrota, Mazeppa, Zumbro Falls, Mantorville, Oronoco, Rochester, Byron, and Kasson,” said Roberta Callahan.
Repairs offered through the Workcamp include interior and exterior painting, weatherization, wheelchair ramp construction, and other work. The elderly, needy and those struggling to keep up their homes are urged to apply to be a worksite. TeenServe will complete work on homes within a 25-mile radius of the school. Residents interested in applying to receive assistance may call (800) 596-FIXUP or (800) 596-3498.
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