The BCCW, a 501(c)(3) organization, was founded by
two United Methodist ministers in 1984. It is now run by lay
people and is completely ecumenical.
Each year over 40 homes are repaired throughout
Baltimore County during the third week in July and
at other times
throughout the year. Homes are suggested by the County Department
of Social Services or Department of Health, food banks, churches,
personal referrals, etc.; sites are then prioritized. The number
of sites on which work is performed in any year depends on the number
of volunteers, their expertise, the magnitude of each project, the
weather, and BCCW's finances. (In 2017, the week will be July
16th - 21st, our 34nd year.) There is a kick-off dinner on Sunday
evening at Hunt's UMC, the host church. Each work day starts with
breakfast prepared by members from a local church at the host church,
the volunteers then prepare their own bagged lunches, volunteers go out
to sites, with dinner that evening at local churches. All types
of work (e.g., ramps, plumbing, electrical, carpentry, roofing,
interior and exterior painting, caulking, inside and outside clean-up)
are performed by workers of all ages. Sleeping accommodations at
the host church can be available only for supervised large groups
traveling from out-of-the region. Individuals must have their own
medical/health insurance to participate.
Anyone over 16 and willing to work may register;
under 16 requires adult supervision.
Fee is $25 per week, or $6 per day. Church
groups are asked to donate at least $100 for building materials.
(In addition, there are planning meetings held throughout the
year at Hunt's Memorial UMC.)