Chicago teens volunteer in Greenbrier Valley

The West Virginia Daily News
The West Virginia Daily News

RONCEVERTE (WVDN) – Twelve teenagers and three adults from suburban Chicago, First Presbyterian Church of Wilmette, volunteered in the Greenbrier Valley last week.

They attended Ronceverte Presbyterian Church’s summer workcamp program.

“The pandemic has taken a toll on our program, but this group got us rolling once again. They worked tremendously hard to complete several big projects in a single week,” said Rev. Stephen Baldwin.

The group built two handicap accessibility ramps in Rupert under the leadership of Fred Kellerman at Wellspring.

They also worked at Ronceverte Island Park, building a new privacy fence at the dog park and painting the youth sports concession stand.

In addition, they worked at the Family Refuge Center several days, doing landscaping, repairing the privacy fence, and providing new toys for the children.

The workcamp program provides faith-based community service projects across the region.

Since its inception in 2011, dozens of groups from all over the country have come to work. Local nonprofits partner with the church to provide work projects.

“The young people come to change someone’s life, but they end up having their life changed by helping others,” said Baldwin. “These young people come to work, and we are grateful for their service.”

Ronceverte Presbyterian Church is located at 261 Locust Street in Ronceverte. For more information, please visit: or call 304-647-4400.

A teen group from First Presbyterian Church of Wilmette in suburban Chicago were in Greenbrier County last week volunteering at Ronceverte Presbyterian Church and other local nonprofits. Here they are with Rev. Stephen Baldwin (right) at Ronceverte Presbyterian Church.
Installing an accessibility ramp at Wellspring in Rupert.
Installing a privacy fence at the dog park on Ronceverte Island Park.
Repairing the ball fields concession stand at Ronceverte Island Park.

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