Jamestown Homes Receive A Helping Hand From Group Work Camps

More than 50 Jamestown homes recently had renovations and repairs completed by volunteers from a Group Work Camp.

More than 350 volunteers arrived at Jamestown’s Washington Middle School on Sunday, July 21, to begin a weeklong work camp. During this week, 50 homes in the city had work done. Chautauqua Opportunities Inc., in partnership with the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, and with Community Development Block Grant funding from the city of Jamestown, sponsored the camp to help low-income and elderly homeowners make necessary repairs and renovations to their homes.

The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation and Chautauqua Opportunities worked together to target specific neighborhoods within Jamestown, focusing on transitional neighborhoods and areas of the city where other investment is occurring, such as the neighborhood challenges sponsored by the Renaissance Corporation. Once participants were identified, Chautauqua Opportunities staff worked with homeowners to determine their renovation needs and repairs that could be completed by an all volunteer staff. Many of the homes received exterior painting, new stairs on front or back porches, minor weatherization repairs and interior painting.

Volunteers were organized through Group Mission Trips, a Christian organization that has served hundreds of thousands of people in need through more than 6 million volunteer hours. Youth groups from around the country came to Jamestown to help those in need and to learn home repair, team building and other important life skills. Many of the youth have participated in the group for several years, stating it is the week they look forward to most in the summer.

For more information on Chautauqua Opportunities Inc., call at 661-9430 or go to chautauquaopportunities.com.