More than 12,000 students made a decision to pay money out of their own pockets in order to help improve the living conditions of others.
Of those students, 248 of them coming from churches in Alabama, North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland will visit Chesapeake July 13 – 18 to work on a variety of assignments such as painting houses, putting siding on homes, painting, building handicap ramps and various home improvement jobs.
On average, the students must pay a fee of $250 to World Changers Church International to register to volunteer. Then they must cover their own travel to come to Chesapeake and work. The City of Chesapeake will pay for all of the building materials for the students to use. Some of the worksites are privately funded and most of the work is located in the South Norfolk and Indian River areas.
The will be 22 crews set up at 26 worksites and the students will be lodging at Oscar Smith Middle School.
World Changers is an initiative of LifeWay Christian Resources and is in its 25th summer of partnering with cities to serve their residents. World Changers has been in Chesapeake for 12 years. According to their press release, World Changers project provides students and adults a venue in which to live out their faith in a loving god.