Faith-Based Group Returns for Community Service at PHA Sites


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The Philadelphia Housing Authority hosts for the third summer in a row volunteers from World Changers, an initiative of LifeWay Christian Resources, to do painting and other maintenance. Close to 200 student volunteers from 10 churches across the country are donating their time in community service at ten work sites across Philadelphia, including five PHA sites: Wilson Park, Johnson Homes, Fairhill Apartments, Spring Garden Apartments and Holmecrest Homes.  The agency estimates it will save close to $100,000 through the volunteer work.

(PHILADELPHIA-July 7, 2015) -  World Changers, an initiative of LifeWay Christian Resources, has returned to Philadelphia for its third summer of community service at Philadelphia Housing Authority sites.

Close to 200 student volunteers from 10 churches across the country will participate in painting, landscaping and other maintenance at 10 work sites throughout Philadelphia, five of which are PHA sites including Holmecrest Homes, Johnson Homes, Spring Garden Apartments, Fairhill, and Wilson Park. The volunteers' work is estimated to save PHA nearly $100,000.
 "We welcome productive partnerships with groups such as World Changers," said PHA President and CEO Kelvin A. Jeremiah. "Given the budgetary constraints that challenge the agency today, partnerships are becoming more and more important. It is both a privilege and opportunity to offer service and I heartily thank these young people."

 The World Changers volunteers have come from across the U.S. and pay their own way to Philadelphia while giving up some of their summer vacation in service to others over a three-day period. On average, participating students pay $250 to take part in the week.

 The partnership with World Changers was originated by PHA Commissioner Rev. Bonnie Camarda, the Director of Partnerships for the Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware.

 "Part of community service is showing others that you care and that's what PHA residents will see," Camarda said. "There is no better gift than when someone gives of themselves. The World Changers project provides students and adults a venue in which to live out their faith in a loving God."

 This initiative is in partnership with Philadelphia, PHA, Salvation Army, and other local businesses. Salvation Army canteen trucks will provide water at the work sites. Members of the building trades unions employed by PHA are also working with volunteers and will supervise their activities.

This summer, World Changers projects will take place in more than 75 cities in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Since 1990, there have been more than 300,000 participants in the World Changers program.