Grove Workdays for Good Works – 2018 Schedule and Project Update
Good Works Improves homes and lives!
Grove Workdays for Good Works take place on the 2nd Saturday of each month.
Our workday schedule for 2018 is as follows:
January 13 May 12 September 8
February 10 June 9 October 13
March 10 July 14 November 10
April 14 August 11 December 8
We’d love to have you join us as we continue to help Good Works in its mission to Repair Homes and Restore Hope and Make Our Neighbors’ Homes Warmer, Safer and Drier. Come experience the deep satisfaction of helping deserving low-income homeowners who live with health and safety hazards because they can’t afford much needed repairs to their homes. Heed the Bible’s call in Ephesians 2:10
We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
We’ve been working on Michelle’s mobile home since March 2017. During the summer we added support underneath and completely rebuilt the floor in the bump-out addition. We finished installing insulation and subflooring in the living room, rebuilt the steps and deck leading to the front door, and repaired/replaced the skirting around the base of the entire mobile home. With cold weather approaching, we turned our focus to replacing windows in October and November. At the same time, we put dry wall and paneling in the main living area. And in December, while the snow came down the entire workday, we installed trim around all the windows and doors and got the living area and hallway ready for painting in January. We’re making steady progress on this home but there’s still a lot more work to do.
Our Grove Team leaders include:
- Betty Traver – Work Crew Leader and Volunteer Coordinator
- Greg Walters – Technical Advisor
- Denny Scheffler – Lunch Coordinator
- Laura Luther – Photographer
If you’d like to get involved:
Good Works is a Christian non-profit organization that exists to improve the living conditions for low-income families in Chester County. For 29 years, they’ve been repairing homes with the goal to transform substandard houses into warmer, safer, and drier homes and to restore hope to homeowners in need. Grove Church has been a Good Works Partner Church since 2016.
Each month, on the second Saturday, Grove sends a team of volunteers to make repairs on our assigned house. We’re always delighted to welcome new volunteers. The work is interesting and fun and it’s incredibly satisfying to see the happiness and gratitude of homeowners as the work progresses. Don’t worry if you think you lack required skills. We all learn as we go with coaching from our tech leader and our more experienced volunteers. We encourage you to come out and try it and feel free to invite your friends from outside Grove. All adults and senior high youth are welcome. To volunteer, contact Betty at email@example.com.
The Grove Workdays for Good Works Ministry is supported and sponsored by Grove’s Church & Society Committee.
Where do we meet on workdays?
Volunteers meet at the Good Works shed in Coatesville by 8:15 on the workday. The shed is located at 82 Pearl Aly, Coatesville, 19320. If your GPS doesn’t recognize that address, your option is to input the address for the Coatesville Mennonite Church at 625 Walnut Street, Coatesville, 19320. Either way, park in the parking lot behind the church or on Walnut Street and walk down the alley to the Good Works shed.
- From Route 30 By-pass, take Coatesville – Route 82 South Exit
- Follow Route 82 South for 1 mile
- Turn LEFT onto Lincoln Hwy/Business Rt. 30
- Turn RIGHT onto S. Sixth Ave.
- Turn LEFT onto Walnut St.
- Turn LEFT into the first alley. Park in the Church Parking Lot on your right
What should you do when you arrive?
Check in with the greeter. First-timers should fill out a release of liability form and pick up a “Tee for two” coupon that entitles you to a free Good Works t-shirt the second time you volunteer. Meet up with the other Grove volunteers as we gather to start the workday.
After a brief orientation, we hop into our cars and drive to our current work site. Once there we briefly discuss the work planned for the day and get everyone set with an assignment. We gather together with our homeowner to pray and then we get to work. Our Lunch Coordinator arrives with our meal around noon and we take time to pray and share the meal with our homeowner’s family. The workday typically ends about 4 PM.