MORRISON, Ill. — UNITE Work Camp, made up of several area youth groups, is uniting to paint homes this summer from June 9-12 in Clinton; Fulton, Illinois; and Morrison. 

Two years ago, four local youth group leaders (representing First United Methodist Church, Clinton; Second Reformed Church, Fulton; Gateway Faith Fellowship, Fulton; and Open Bible Fellowship, Morrison) came up with the vision to unite for communities, churches and youth groups to love and serve in ways that will transform lives socially, economically and spiritually. Organizers believe that by investing in and training youths to be a part of the solution to problems in their communities, the communities will see the benefits of this investment for generations to come. Last year, at the first Unite Work Camp, the group was able to paint six homes for people that otherwise would not be able to do it. 

The 2015 goal is to gather 100 middle school and high school students along with adequate adult leadership to paint 10 homes. 

First, the group needs homes to paint. If you have a home and could use help painting it, please let the group know. The vision is to help homeowners who cannot do it themselves due to either physical or financial limitations.

Secondly, more workers are needed. If you are a youth group leader in the area and want to join Unite Work Camp, contact the group. The students will be trained and equipped to not only do the necessary work of painting the house, but also will be taught the importance of community engagement. This is an overnight camp. During the day, campers will be working on the homes. The evenings are full of fun activities including a speaker and worship. Workers will sleep in a local school. Each worker pays a small camp fee to offset the cost of food.

Thirdly, the project needs sponsors. The average material cost of painting a single house is $500. There are additional work site costs, so the goal is to raise $7,850 from the various communities, churches and businesses.  Fundraisers also will help with the costs.

To help, visit or call Ben at (815) 772-4098. 

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