Teens Kicked Off Their Summer Vacation By Working To Help Others

The Catholic HEART Workcamp helped revitalize Charlotte communities
Katie Hedrick

The Catholic HEART (Helping Everyone Attain Relief Today) volunteers participated in a five-day service event this week to assist in Charlotte area home improvement projects. 

More than 400 teenagers and adult sponsors helped revitalize communities and beautify homes for the elderly, disabled, and for those who cannot afford needed repairs. The Catholic HEART Workcamp​ (CHWC) projects ranged from painting and yard work to rehabilitating the interior and exterior of homes at housing locations recommended by the City.

The CHWC came to Charlotte as a result of a collaborative effort initiated by the City of Charlotte’s Neighborhood & Business Services Department. Volunteers served in the following projects and organizations in the Charlotte area: Catholic Social Services, City of Charlotte’s Neighborhood & Business Services Department, Holy Angels, House of Mercy, Love Inc., and a few nursing homes. More than 150 homes were serviced, which is largest number of homes serviced in Charlotte as part of the CHWC.

Closing ceremonies will take place Thursday, June 30 at Charlotte Catholic High School at 6:30 pm where the neighborhood residents will have the opportunity to mingle and give thanks for the service. 

The CHWC is an organization based out of Orlando, Fla., that was started more than two decades ago by a husband and wife youth ministry team in search of service trip opportunities. The Workcamp has grown to 13,000 volunteers in 50 cities this summer.