A crew of teenagers representing the outreach group YouthWorks help spruce up the exterior of The Pillars during a 2012 mission trip to Warrensburg. For seven years, hundreds of YouthWorks teens from all over the nation have spent a week or more in the area, fixing up homes and properties in Northern Warren County, particularly belonging to the elderly, disabled and those in distressed circumstances.
Hundreds of teenagers from across the nation involved in the YouthWorks Christian mission outreach will be sprucing up homes and other buildings in northern Warren County this summer, and the organization is now seeking projects to undertake.
Day camp for children features games, Bible stories & crafts
Also, YouthWorks will be conducting a day camp from June 30 through July 31 for children ages 4 through 12. Camp sessions — featuring Bible stories, crafts and games — are to be held from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays at Holy Cross Church on Main St. in Warrensburg. Children from all over northern Warren County are welcome.
The nationwide Christian organization YouthWorks, based in Minneapolis, will be sending about 60 teenagers each week over the summer for seven one-week mission trips as an outreach to help out those in need as well as provide recreational and spiritual enrichment opportunities, according to YouthWorks site coordinator Luke Rice.
The first mission group arrived Monday June 15, and their initial project was to clean up campsites and accomplish landscaping work at Jesus is Lord campground in Diamond Point.
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, Rice said.
Elderly homeowners, or those of modest means or special needs, are encouraged to call YouthWorks’ staffer Austin Morrow at (502) 593-5673 with potential projects.
The visiting teenagers will be spending nights in two local churches — the boys in tHoly Cross and the girls at First United Methodist Church in Warrensburg. The youths will be spending their days working, with time off for recreational pursuits, Rice said.
Some of the teens will be working on the home improvement projects, and others will be working at the Kids Club day camp under adult supervision, plus probably visiting residents of various nursing homes and adult care centers.
Plans call for many of them to work on painting at The Priory Retreat House in Chestertown and Gore Mountain Ski Center as well as tending to a community garden at the Gore Ski Bowl nearby. Other potential projects include working with Warrensburg Beautification on some landscaping of town parks and gardens, and yard work for North County Ministry’s outreach center, Morrow said.
The southern Adirondacks YouthWorks mission is one of 75 or so destinations across the nation for this outreach program, Rice said.
YouthWorks have been conducting missions based out of Warrensburg since 2007, brightening the lives of area residents. YouthWorks teens have mended fences, repaired sagging porches, cleaned up overgrown yards, weeded gardens, and painted dozens of houses, inside and out. Their work has been accomplished primarily in the towns of Warrensburg, Johnsburg, Chester, Stony Creek and Bolton, Rice said.
“We’re happy to be back in Warrensburg — people here have been very hospitable, friendly and open,” he said. “We’re looking forward to serving local communities.”
Area citizens invited to weekly gathering & meal
Rice said that YouthWorks is holding a community cookout at 6 p.m. each Thursday through July, and all area residents are invited to share food and fellowship with the YouthWorks volunteers.
“All are welcome to join us,” he said.
Warrensburg Town Supervisor Kevin Geraghty said he was grateful, on behalf of area residents, for Youthworks' efforts.
“We’re very pleased these teenagers come into town and help folks,” he said. “It demonstrates fortitude on their part — they do a good job and it’s a great program.”