WORKCAMPNE

Rating: 4.8 stars   30 reviews

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Location: 189 Charles Bancroft Hwy % Kenneth Therrien Litchfield NH 03052 USA

Mission: workcampNE seeks to provide an environment that helps foster the growth of students' relationship with Christ through community service opportunities. We celebrate each evening with a worship service and hear a lesson that ties in our day's work with the message of the gospel. Our service is to provide home repairs to those who cannot afford to do so themselves, are elderly or physically unable. Through the use of community service we are able to demonstrate and make "real" the gospel message and impress upon our need as Christians to "do" rather than "be." Our service to the community is to provide home repairs to those who either cannot afford to do so themselves, are elderly or physically unable. We provide all the materials and labor and there is no cost for the resident. This is a service to families, single parents, and individuals. Jr. High and High School students come from all over the country (mostly the northeast) and pay a tuition to attend. Much of the tuition is then used to pay for the materials. The students provide the labor.
Results: Since 2003... Homes/Families served: 380 Students & adults serving: 2910 Volunteer hours donated during the 3 weeks of service: 79,677 Cost of Materials donated: $285,041 Financial Impact: $792,861
Target demographics: students with growing their faith through community service
Direct beneficiaries per year: over 200 students and 30 families.
Geographic areas served: the northeast
Programs: worship and devotions for the students and no cost home repairs to the community we serve. We will work on the homes of the under-resourced, elderly and the physically unable, providing the labor and materials at not cost to the residents.
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Rating: 5 stars  

WorkcampNE has been a vital part of the New Englad landscape. Not only is it helping to beautify the homes of those less fortunate, it is helping to restore humanity, respect and self-worth to those who need it most. WorkcampNE serves those less fortunate than most to rebuild their homes, give it a much needed paint job, add a wheelchair ramp for those house-bound by wheelchairs or even patching a roof.
Entire communities have come together to help rebuild their towns and restore the historic beauty that New England has been known for over the past century and more!
The staff and students that come are polite and very motivated to share a part of their summer with these strangers that, by the end of the week, feel like family. Many of our residents still keep in contact with their "kids" through the year.
Every family that is part of WorkcampNE, is drawn back to it year after year. Loving others and helping them in their time of need is such an amazing opportunity for all who are involved, we can't wait to go back next year!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

way's i cannot count! It really brings to light how helping others can not only boost moral, but how great you feel that you actually helped somone in their time of need. That kind of love is hard to find in this age we live in. To be a part of this organization is something i plan on doing for the rest of my life it has impacted it so much. I love WorkcampNE and can't wait for summer 2011 to get here!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get more people involved so that we can help more people! Not only would they have a great time, we could rebuild the lives and homes of those who are not able to help themselves.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I have worked several times over the last few years with Marcia and Ken Therrien to locate sites for WORKCAMP NE. This is a wonderful program that has changed the lives of many of our community residents. We have received many positive comments about the respect which the youth workers have shown residents and the quality of work done.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

York County, Maine

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

keep the same

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am the Director of The Fixit Program of NH. Our volunteers, mostly retired men and women, provide minor maintenance and repair to the homes of the elderly (60+) and disabled.
Frequently we get requests for service that my volunteers cannot perform. And this is where the WorkcampNE has come in.
We have partnered with the WorkcampNE folks and referred those jobs that we could not do. They and their volunteers have performed services to well over 100 of our clients over the years.
I have worked with a few of the different workcamps and found WorkcampNE to be the absolute best. We'd love to have them again.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Three workcamps that they conducted in NH. All of our clients were very happy.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I have found them to be the best. They do everything right. Their supervision of students is second to none. When I speak with others in my profession about their experiences with other workcamps. I am always comparing to WorkcampNE. They are the standard that I measure others with. I have found no others who compare.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

Other workcamps have required the local sponsoring group to raise funds for the workcamp: one requiared $12,000, another $19,000. I did not have to raise ANY money for WorkcanpNE to come into my area.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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Rating: 5 stars  

I took a group of students to New England this last summer. We had the opportunity to renovate homes in Maine through WorkCampNE. It was an experience my students will never forget! They repeatedly ask if we will be heading back. We actually brought four students with our group who'd been in the past, but whose churches were not returning that summer. They believed so much in the work they did through WKNE that they HAD to return. The work we did truly made an impact on the recipients. WKNE has been very good about making sure we have everything we need, personalizing our trip experience, making an impact in New England, and following up with us after returning home. It's been a HUGE blessing and joy to work with this organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

How it impacted my students. They learned to love others and the need to help those in need.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing comes to mind at this time. They are very thoughtful and work year-round to make this a great partnership.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Workcamp is exceptional! It's well organized and such a blessing to the communities it serves. In a day in age when most are looking to get the most for themselves, Workcamp does just the opposite. Those that attend Workcamp come with one person in mind - whoever they're going to serve.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Watching life change in those that attended Workcamp

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None

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Rating: 5 stars  

Workcamp NE is a wonderful organization. They are thorough and well organized. The leadership and coordinators have made it so efficient and have managed to create an experience that my students look forward to.

I've worked with other groups in the past - but none with the heart, humility, patience, and understanding that Workcamp NE details. It's truly a great cause overseen by great people.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the impact the program had on the lives of my students. As a youth pastor - I try my best to find opportunities for my students to learn to serve as Jesus Christ did - selflessly for those in need. Workcamp NE has provided us with that opportunity several times.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hope to find them for financial support so that they could be able to do what they're 'already doing' on a grander scale. This world is need of help - and groups like Workcamp NE are actually doing something about it.

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Rating: 5 stars  

workcampNE is a non-profit organization that partners adult and student volunteers with families who need home reparis done at NO CHARGE. Working with social service agencies, workcampNE chooses families who could use a helping hand because of health issues, age or financial concerns. Students come from all over the US and Canada to show God's love to those who are less fortunate.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing students and residents bond. Helping the elderly remain in their homes longer and more safely. Watching the spiritual growth of young people and adults. Growing spiritually myself as I get a chance "to give back to society". I left my profession to direct workcamp full-time as a volunteer.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Figure out how to do it all summer in New England, and then all winter in the southern states. Enlist more volunteers to come to camp so we could help more families.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've gone to Workcamp for the past 4 summers as a volunteer and I can't emphasize the kind of good work that comes out of this organization. I've seen God move in tons of ways through the willingness of the staff and volunteers, and I've been given a passion for missions work through my opportunities there. I've seen residents who've drastically changed from the first moment we stepped foot in their houses to the end of the work week only 5 days later. Through Workcamp, I've come to know more about God, community, missional living, and what it means to be a true Christian in these times.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The missional aspect of my life has greatly been affected by these trips. Being a young high schooler, I was able to develop a sense of care for others while many teenagers are only developing a sense of care for themselves. This passion that was instilled in me has been a gateway to greater opportunities, like the missions trips I took to the Dominican Republic and Mexico.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would probably try and make it bigger. I'd possibly incorporate more weeks into the summer, including opportunities for college students. However, I realize this is already being aimed for as long as funding, staffing, and interest can be obtained.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with workcampNE for 6 years in multiple capacities. My first experience with workcampNE was as an intern with Manchester Christian Church when they attended the summer program. I quickly saw the value and impact this orgnaization has on students and community residents. The students I led began the week unsure of themselves, but by the week's end they had bonded together and developed a new appreciation for service. This lead me to bring the students from my ministry in IL for 5 years. Every year my students could not wait to come back to workcampNE. They loved the spiritual growth that took place, the friendships they formed, and the joy seen on the resident's faces. workcampNE had a profound impact on the lives of the students in my ministry. I began serving as a Board Member for workcampNE in 2009. I have now been able to witness the integrity and commitment of workcampNE to living out G.R.A.C.E to further impact students and communities.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my personal life and in the lives of students that I ministered to in IL and NH.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand its summer program.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

Through a Church.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

My son went to WorkcampNE last summer for the first time with the JR. high group. It was a life changing experience for him. He went a quiet shy not sure of his faith kind of kid and came back with such confident and a new understanding of what it means to serve God. The family he helped were so appreciative and it gave him the opportunity to see how others live and just how blessed he is. He cannot wait to go back this summer!! The staff is AMAZING! They have all kept in touch with my son this past year and continued to grow their relationships and it's going to be like a family reunion this summer. They do such great work for others but the kids are the ones that really win. They are learning how to be amazing Christ followers and productive citizens in our communities.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The changes in my young teenage son are noticeable to everyone. He is grown spiritually and emotionally through this missions experience. Looking forward to another summer with WorkcampNE and the fantastic people who run it!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more funds so they can expand their ministry and not only help more families in need but allow more kids to be able to attend the camp.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

Manchester Christian Church

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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