From the daughter of a client who died after we
provided miscellaneous assistance, including building a ramp which
allowed him to get out of the house by himself after eight years:
"[BCCW] provided him with freedom and a
better quality of life."
“As a homeschooler I don't need any
community service hours, but I would happily volunteer for Baltimore
County Christian Workcamp anytime. I enjoyed building the ramp and I
felt that it was a good use of everyone's time. I found everyone to be
very friendly and helpful. I enjoyed working with my father and
grandfather the days they were there. I didn't find the work to
be particularly strenuous, but there wasn't any time that I was bored
either. I enjoyed working with people from my church and people that I
hadn't met before.”
- David (was sixteen when the ramp was built)
“I am 72 years old, a youngster
compared to some of the group, and have volunteered for approximately
the past 15 years. All is good - the people, the food and the
"Other than my wife and family, my thirty
plus years with BCCW
has been one of the most rewarding experiences of
- Jim Miller (90, 'retired" BCCW volunteer,
former BCCW co-chair)
“I'm 41 years old, and I've been
volunteering with BCCW for about 12 years. This past summer was the
first time my daughter worked alongside me, building a wheelchair ramp.
It's wonderful to be able to work with the youth of our church,
teaching them some technical skills and showing them the importance of
serving others. What a great way to be the hands and feet of Christ!
"l like to keep busy, especially doing jobs;
they are rewarding to do for those who are in need,"
- Rodney Gist (87, presently BCCWs oldest
"Good opportunity to help people who are
unable to help themselves. It is amazing that people
who help get more out of it. Just being a presence
at a site is often
as beneficial to the client as actually helping do
- Chip Day (75, chair or co-chair since 1987)
'When I first began volunteering, I was surprised
to find that there is much mission work to be done right here in our
own back yard. There are large numbers of families and individuals who
can benefit from the
help of others in keeping their homes safe and
healthy, allowing them to stay in them longer:"
- Frank Thornas (co-chair since 2002)
The Baltimore County Christian Workcamp was a
significant part of my growth in the last almost 25 years while working
at the church. I was looking for opportunities for families of
all ages and generations to work together.
I can’t remember how I found BCCW, but I
attended a meeting or two and decided to go along with another church
during the work week. Only one person from our youth group wanted to
try out this experience. So a high school student and I took in the
entire experience – breakfast, lunch, work day, dinner, and the
evening events, when we could. We painted the inside and outside of a
house. There was another group that joined us, too.
It was a middle high youth group with mostly 6th
graders and a little wild. We decided that if our church were to be in
charge of a house, we would take care of it as if it were our own.
We came back the next year! And we brought more
people and worked with the three ladies (all Nancy by name) from
another church and did roofs. What an experience for me! They
challenged and changed my life.
Women could and did make a difference. I was no
longer afraid to try. And now I have my own toolbox and know how to use
different tools. I don’t own any power tools, yet! But because so
many others were willing to share and teach, I had the opportunity to
learn and use them.
The year we were going to paint the outside of the
3-4 story house in Chase, MD after Hurricane Isabelle, we knew we
couldn’t reach high enough, so I went to the Genie Lift rental
and got certified to use the Genie Lift. The final test -- I had
to parallel park it from 60 feet in the air. I thought I would be
scared to death, but I did it. We never rented it, doesn’t
matter, though. And I learned about how close we could paint to
electric lines coming into the house. Wow. We did get BGE to turn off
the power so we could paint.
I keep the picture near me at work that was taken
one Friday night of BCCW week … I was awarded the shirt,
“Yes We Can Do That!” It’s a lasting memory for me.
(By Cathy who was moving to another state (June