More than 200 Catholic youths from four states are calling Roanoke Catholic School home this week as part of “Catholic Heart Workcamp.”
Hailing from Connecticut, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Maryland, the 230 teens and adult chaperones spend their mornings and evenings at Roanoke Catholic eating, sleeping, showering and worshiping in preparation for their daytime volunteer service at more than a dozen social agencies throughout the Roanoke Valley: Feeding America, Rescue Mission, Madonna House, Apple Ridge Farm, Bradley Free Clinic, and St. Gerard and St. Elias Catholic churches, to name a few.
The volunteer teams are also building wheelchair ramps, fixing porches and handling other home repairs for low-income adults through Renovation Alliance.
“We are honored to be part of this annual event that brings faith-filled Catholic youth from around the country here to Roanoke to learn and serve,” says Beth Derringer, director of campus ministry at Roanoke Catholic.
The mission of Catholic Heart Workcamp is to share the love of Christ by serving the neglected, brokenhearted and marginalized, and to inspire participants to live as disciples of Christ. This summer, 13,000 youth in over 50 different cities will participate in Catholic Heart Workcamp.