MOV Work Camp Paints twenty-five Homes in Wood and Washington Counties
During one week in June, two hundred fifty teens from Ohio, North Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia made OVU their temporary home. They and approximately fifty adult volunteers worked as a team to paint twenty-five homes in Wood and Washington Counties--homes that would have remained unpainted otherwise. Beginning in 1999 with 6 houses, the Mid-Ohio Valley Work Camp (MOVWC) has painted a total of 650 homes in the Mid-Ohio Valley. MOVWC is a philosophic outreach of Youth in Action, a 501C(3) non-profit organization of adults and young people who refurbish homes for the elderly and the underprivileged at no cost to the homeowners.
The Wood County Commission and area businesses donate funds to purchase paint and supplies. While community residents receive a valuable gift of service, according to the organization’s mission, its intention is to benefit the givers as well: “It is our desire to make an impression on the hearts of our young people. We want to mold their lives in such a way that will instill servant-hood. We want to equip them to recognize community needs and to know how to fulfill them.” Ryan Ice and David Muller, co-directors of the work camp and OVU alumni, set a stringent daily schedule for teen volunteers, including an early rise-and-shine and a full day of work on the sites. Lunch was provided at various church locations, and an evening worship back on campus closed each day.