WORKCAMPNE

Rating: 4.8 stars   30 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Homeless & Housing, Religion

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.
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 4 stars  

There are not many organzations that actually help high school students think outside of themselves. WorkcampNE does exactly that. I'd highly recommend attending camp for any high school student that's looking for (or needs!) an authentic experience of helping under-resourced, elderly or disabled members of a community.

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

in having my level of privilege and comfort challenged.

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

expand the camp offerings to other areas of the country.

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Rating: 3 stars  

I have been a part of workcampne for 12 years and will continue to be a part of this amazing experience for the rest of my life. I love giving back to people who are less fortunate. It's a heart warming experience getting to know the residents whose house you are working on. Especially when at the end of a long week, you take a step back and look at what you have accomplished......for someone else :-) "Labor Of Love" is our motto. We have an opportunity to share our love with others by serving them and meeting their needs.
This past summer we were in Sunapee NH and i worked on a house that needed painting. She was a single mom of two boys whose husband passed away from a bike accident. All she could say to our group was don't leave. The impact we left on her and the boys can not be described. I actually just sent her a letter and look forward to hearing from her and the boys.
I anxiously await for the next workcamp....it's 20 weeks and 5 days in Lebanon from today....not that i am counting:-)

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

the way that i treat others. It's so hard to find kindness and generosity in this selfish world. I am so blessed to be a part of this organization that can (and has) make a difference!!!

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

At this time, I have no suggestions to change it.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I went to work camp summer of 2010 and it was utterly amazing! The camp is not only a place to grow and develop spiritually but a place to be a humble servant of God's by being HIS hands and feet! Working on resident's homes were such a huge blessing! The worship blew me away but most of all, through this camp, GOD blew me more in his current of never-ending love!

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

lasting ways! Learning about construction and learning more about Jesus! The impact of a camp like this is huge! The residents are appreciative and can't believe kids would volunteer a week of their summer to come work!

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

Ask them to advertise!!! When I was there I wondered why weren't more people here!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I went to work camp for the first time last summer. I wasn't sure what to expect and I thought it wasn't going to be fun. I ended up having one of the best weeks of my life and cannot wait to go back again this summer. I made great friends and the best part was helping the family. We worked on her house and seeing the difference in her life really made me understand how important it is to help others. All of the staff is awesome and I still keep in touch with kids that I met from other states.

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

I experienced the loving and caring nature of the Therrien family and everyone else involved and they really helped me with my confidence and in exploring my faith.

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

I would make it so that more kids knew about it and were able to attend because it really changes your life.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

better food.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes, I made new friends, got to know the kids from my own youth group better and I made a difference in the community.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Awesome!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 4 stars  

The 2010 summer was one of my best summers ever. I was able to relish in the joys of WorkcampNE. The week I attended felt like just a few short days. It was over before I even knew it. Community service, bonding with area residents, mentoring highschool students were just some of the experiences I was able to have during this week. I felt fulfilled after this week was over and it transferred over to my home life.

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

watching these highschool students go from worrying about getting paint in their hair to really taking time to get to know our residents. Not only did the residents benefit from the week but the highschool students benefited also!

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

add more weeks of camp for these students and give the organization more money for continuing their work.

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Rating: 5 stars  

For the past five years, workcampNE has been the central focus of my summer. I have witnessed hundreds of teenagers positively affect hundreds of lives. They have provided repair to homes that never would have never been able to done on their own. I'm proud to be associated with them and as a high school teacher, i cannot think of a better way to spend my summer.

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

seeing the faces of the residents as they have a home they are no longer ashamed of. Also the pride in the students who have done great deeds while learning skills that will be further used in life.

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

have it extend beyond the New England community.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I have learned how to install windows and doors, shingle, point a chimney, build a deck. I have also have developed my computer skills involving media presentation. I have forged relationships with many students and student leaders and staff members which will follow me throughout my life.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Porud to a participant of workcampNE.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

I went to WorkCampNE to help others, but I came away with much more than I gave. I've never worked so hard and felt so fulfilled and appreciated. The organization and and execution of camp was outstanding. From the time you arrive till you leave, you know what's going on and you feel comfortable and cared for. The work assignments were challenging, but rewarding. I will continue to attend work camp as long as my 50+ year old bones wlil allow.

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

Kennebunk ME

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

Find a way to make it a year round opportunity for people to experience the joy of helping others while helping themselves grow in faith and confidence.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Air conditioning where we stay, worship, and sleep?

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Confidence to lead and perform the work. I didn't think I was physically able to do the work, but I went anyway. I learned new skills in painting and that I can keep up with the kids despite my self doubts. I made friends that I will never forget. I also saw hope in our future with the kids at camp.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Fulfilled, exhausted, loved, revived!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was blessed with the opportunity to go to work camp last year. My son Josh had been going for several years before and coming back home and talking about all the people that touched his life. To see a young man go and serve the less fortunate and bring them to the lord was simply amazing. I served as a crew leader with young men and women of different talents with different backgrounds and watch them come together with one common goal, to show the love of god through working on the residents homes doing construction projects. Painting, siding, roofing, etc... Also we were able to do devotions and invite the home owners to join us to learn more about the lords love, not only for us but for them also. Work Camp New England works all year to find families that will allow total strangers to come into their home and tear stuff up. Tear down walls not only constructed walls, but walls of past hurts and scars that are removed and healed by the Lord. It is simply an amazing place run by truly amazing people. It not only made a difference in the home owners life, the kids on my crews life, but changed my life forever!

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

My spiritual growth

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

Help them to be able to do more than just three weeks out of the year.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This camp allowed me to experience and gain an attitude towards servicing others. This was my first service project where I had to work along side with others and fix up homes! It is an amazing christian camp where students from all over New England come with their churches to repair homes by giving up one week of their summer! The worship at the camp blew me away. You meet friends from different parts of New England who also share a heart to serve. It's wonderful!

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

a phenomenal way! I came out of this camp with a deeper understanding of God's love!

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

tell them to spread the word more! it'd be awesome to have this grow!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Somehow maybe more interactions with others that are at the camp also? Like maybe a group activities that includes everyone?

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes! I learned construction skills and a deeper understanding of God's love for me!

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Monstrously epic!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have gone to Workcamp New England that last two years. I had so much fun and the impact was incredible. The students who attend do a great favor by working on the homes of the elderly and underprivileged. I am still not sure who is blessed more the residents (the people who have free repair done to their homes) or the students, who learn what it means to work hard and help other people. Workcamp New England is true charity that makes a lasting change.
One of my favorite memories of WCNE was painting Angy's house (elderly Woman in MA). She was happy to get her house painted, but more than that she was over joyed that young people wanted to come hang out with her. She was truly blessed and so was our work crew. Angie is wonderful.

This is an organization I hope to be a part of well into the future.

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

I have built friends ships with people who want to make lasting change in this world. I have had the opportunity to be a possessive influence to high school students. I see high students come to an understanding that the world does not revolve around them.

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

The only feedback I would give Workcamp is this "Keep growing and add camps, so you can reach more residents and students alike.." This is an organization I hope to be a part of well into the future.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

just keep growing. i want to help!

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

actually yes i learned some construction basics and made a lot of new friends.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

blessed to be blessing others. "its better to give than receive"

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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