Even neighbors or relatives who know of someone in need are asked to spread the word.
At this point, about 50 families in Danville and communities adjacent to the city will benefit from the work of the adult and teenage volunteers at the Danville work camp. Only simple repairs will be untaken, such as interior and exterior painting, weatherization, porch and wheelchair ramp construction, and other work.
The workers’ skills will be matched with the projects.
The City of Danville is joining this effort as a sponsoring agency. The city has agreed to use some of its federal block grant money in this program. Also, the city will help in the selection of homes to be repaired.
Anderson said almost all of the youth and adults will come in from other cities, so this is a chance to show off the community, as well.
The Rev. Jimmy Hopper, pastor of First Presbyterian, has made five trips to other work camps, and had the idea to bring the project to Danville.
Anderson described Hopper as “the passion behind the project.” When Hopper and other First Presbyterian youth and adults returned from a work camp in Mount Vernon last summer, Hopper said it was time to bring the project to Danville.
The work camp participants will be housed at Danville High School with campers sleeping on floors in the field house, eating in the cafeteria and enjoying morning and evening programs in the gym. The housing expenses are being paid by Group Cares, Inc.
Funding for the project is not only being provided by First Presbyterian Church, Group Cares and the City of Danville, but by the youth participants, as well. Each youth pays a registration fee. These fees and co-sponsor funding are used to cover the cost of building equipment and other needed supplies.