Message from the WVMAW Board
Dear Group Leaders for June teams,
It is a daily dilemma to think about how we can resume “normal” when it comes to Workcamps. TODAY, April 28, this is the word I have from the Health Department regarding Workcamps:
Anyone traveling to the state from out of state must quarantine for 14 days before being allowed to work. This was the mandate from Gov. Jim Justice in March and has not changed. WV is beginning Phase 1 of recovery, which enforces strict social distancing and sanitation guidelines as some businesses and health facilities reopen. Phase 2 will allow for gatherings of less than 25 with strict social distancing and sanitation guidelines. We hope to see Phase 2 very soon.
It is in Phase 4 that seems to be where camps and conferences will be open as normal. It is POSSIBLE that this can happen by July, HOWEVER, it will IN PART depend on:
WV reaching peak of virus outbreak
Avoiding spike outbreaks greater than 3% during opening of phases 1 through 3
This, unfortunately, means cancelling June work groups until further notice. July camps still seem like a realistic possibility as of today but is subject to change. IF YOUR TEAM CAN MOVE TO JULY OR AUGUST (or this fall), PLEASE CALL OR E-MAIL!! So many people need the help and hope you bring to West Virginia. Those of you who have been our regular friends for so many years—we miss you!!! We have had to figure out all manner of virtual reality and worship, however I cannot find a way to virtually bring repairs. It takes hands on—YOURS.
Please let me know if you have questions. I pray for each of you, and thank God for you and all that you mean to us here at WVMAW. Things change daily around here, and I am sure the same applies to your own locations.
Since October 2001, we have brought 40-80 volunteer groups per year to work in West Virginia. Their work has consisted of home repair and reconstruction, deconstruction, playground restoration, parks cleanup, stream bank stabilization, and vacation Bible schools, among other things.
We are supported in part by Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, The Synod of the Trinity and The Presbytery of West Virginia, as well as other churches and individual donations. The groups we recruit come from churches of various faith traditions, as well as from colleges and universities. Come and join the family!
Our housing locations around WV are all associated with local churches, and each has shower facilities and fully-equipped kitchens. Often, there is interaction with the local congregations, including worship, Bible Schools, conversations and cookouts.
The cost for week-long mission experiences is $250/person. For trips shorter than a week, the cost is $63.50/person per WORKING day (based on four working days). Your fees help us defray the cost of building materials. As you plan your mission, you will need to figure in the cost of food and transportation.
You also have a day off to enjoy beautiful West Virginia, where you may decide to go whitewater rafting, visit an exhibition coal mine, go to an outdoor theater, visit one of our State Parks or just hang out in the neighborhood!
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