McDuffie County youth will be on a mission once again this summer. But for now, the project is searching for a few volunteers in need of a little assistance.
Mission: McDuffie, the brainchild of Thomson First Baptist Minister of Students David Lambert, is in its sixth year. The project that pairs church youth willing to paint, repair, clean up and do yard work with homeowners in the county who need that kind of work done is set for June 3-7.
Right now, mission organizers are hoping homeowners who are unable to spruce up the outside of their houses will sign up to have the youth do it for them. This year, the recent tornado in the county could bolster the number of homes in need.
"We definitely will take that into consideration if a house says 'We were damaged during the tornado; we've got a lot of debris in our yard; we've had some repairs done, but we need the house painted now,'" Rev. Lambert said. "We'll definitely take that into account and maybe bump them towards the top of the list."
Last year, more than 120 youth and adults from about 10 churches painted and performed yard work at 16 homes across the county. Information packets and applications for homeowners needing similar work are available at numerous locations and should be returned to Thomson First Baptist (706-595-4252).
Rev. Lambert asked homeowners to pick up applications at either the Senior Citizen's Center, Salvation Army, the Boy's and Girl's Club, the Department of Family and Children's Services, the Health Department, Manna or First Baptist. Applications are due as soon as possible.
Organizers are also looking for other church youth groups to get involved. Those helping with the work aspect of Mission: McDuffie always get a blessing out of assisting others, Rev. Lambert said.
"It definitely is rewarding to be able to help people in our own community and help people that we can interact with on a regular basis and follow up on," he said. "It's nice to be able to drive through some of these neighborhoods that have had three or four Mission: McDuffie houses over the years and see the work that was done and see it stand up over time."
This year the worship rallies will be held at the Thomson First United Methodist Church. Potter's Mark will be leading the music, and Mark Hopkins will be the guest speaker. This year's theme will be "Empathy, not Apathy."
The Mission headquarters will remain at the Warehouse, the First Baptist youth building. People can download forms and get information on the project at www.missionmcduffie.com.