WARRENSBURG - Hundreds of teenagers from across the U.S. participating in a Christian missionary outreach are arriving over the next several weeks to volunteer their time sprucing up home and other buildings.
The sponsoring organization has lined up several municipal-related tasks, but it is now seeking additional projects to undertake for individual homeowners with special needs, YouthWorks Project Coordinator Adam Snyder said.
The teens, from all over the nation, will be tackling some light fix-up, yard work and painting projects, while they experience the culture of the region, Snyder said.
"The coolest thing is we're here to serve people," he said. "But they also serve us as we hear their stories and learn about Adirondack residents' lives, the area and its history."
Elderly homeowners, or those of special needs or severely limited income, are encouraged to call Snyder or Kate Pollwoll at 742-6476. with potential projects, Snyder said.
"We want to help out people who are unable to do things like painting their house, moving large items, painting several rooms, general cleanup, or building a handicapped ramp," he said. "It can be a matter that a family is just too stressed out financially to accomplish it."
The group will be assisting Warrensburgh Beautification members with projects around town, and the Chestertown Downtown Enhancement Committee with their efforts to upgrade their streetscape, Snyder said.
Also, the group will be conducting a day camp from July 5 through Aug. 5 for children ages 5 through 10, to be held from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. p.m. weekdays at the Bakers Mills Wesleyan Church off state Rte. 8. Children from all over northern Warren County are welcome to attend, Pollwoll said.
The nationwide Christian organization YouthWorks, based in Minneapolis, is sending about 70 teenagers each week to the southern Adirondacks for six one-week mission trips over the summer as an outreach to help out those in need as well as provide recreational and spiritual enrichment opportunities, according to Pollwoll, who's from Jacksonville, Fla.
The first YouthWorks mission group was scheduled to arrive this past Sunday, she said.
The visiting teenagers will be spending nights in the basement of Holy Cross Episcopal Church is Warrensburg, then spending their days working, mixed with time off for recreational pursuits, Snyder said.
Some of the teens will be working on the home improvement projects, and others will be working at the Kids Club day camp as well as visiting seniors for 90 minutes on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Tri-County Nursing Home in North Creek, Pollwoll said.
The southern Adirondacks YouthWorks mission is one of 70 destinations across the U.S. for this outreach program, she said.