Thank you, Woods Memorial Presbyterian!
At the annual Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church picnic table build, community and congregation come together to put faith into action.
Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake is honored to partner with Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church again this year as the recipient of several picnic tables built by their incredible community. In November, community members and volunteers came together to build wooden picnic tables, several of which will be donated to Habitat Chesapeake’s ReStores and sold to support Habitat’s programs. Woods Memorial congregation members were joined by Scouts of Troop 858 of The Boy Scouts of America, the WoodsWork youth program, and Broadneck high school students and parents as they constructed tables for the community.
It’s a great opportunity, especially for the kids. They learn how to handle tools, work together, and it prepares them for the future.
– Susan, volunteer
Constructing picnic tables is a great way for middle and high school volunteers to learn skills with power tools, but also to practice teamwork and following instruction. These skills will help them during their annual WoodsWork trip to build homes for Habitat affiliates across the east coast.
Overseen by Scott Wiley, pictured below with Habitat Chesapeake CAO Gregg Mitchell, the assembly line of wooden table legs and benches in the church parking lot quickly became sturdy tables. This build continues a steady tradition of almost 25 years, with the last 15 of them helping to serve Habitat Chesapeake.
We are bankers, and we are home builders, and we are ReStores. But at the heart of it all, is that commitment to serving others. You’re doing that here today and we’re incredibly grateful.
– Gregg Mitchell, Chief Advancement Officer, Habitat Chesapeake
Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake works across Central Maryland, including Baltimore city, Baltimore County, Howard County, and Anne Arundel County, where Woods Memorial is centered. 130 homes have been built in Anne Arundel County, which includes at least 30 in the downtown Annapolis area. As Habitat Chesapeake approaches its 40th year of service with 780 homes built, the affiliate looks forward to working with faith partners like Woods Memorial as it builds toward its 800th home.
Thank you, Woods Memorial Presbyterian, for your continued support of Habitat Chesapeake’s programs, and for joining with us serve our communities through faith!
About Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake
Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake (www.habitatchesapeake.org) brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Since 1982, Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake has built more than 770 homes in 18 communities, providing a brighter future for 2,700 children and family members. Homeownership is proven to transform lives – improving health, increasing children’s chances of academic success and offering an opportunity to build wealth across generations. Likewise, homeownership enhances neighborhoods by bringing tangible investment, engaged, long-term residents, rising property values and a sense of community.
Above: Youth Pastor Elizabeth gathers young volunteers for a prayer before breaking for lunch. Below: WoodsWork youth volunteers construct tables with guidance from parents and volunteers.
780 homes. Worldwide, it’s 4 million. The idea was to get people involved, to bring people together. Just as you’re bringing people together, we bring people together from all walks of life and help to donate money, to lend services, all to help make homeownership affordable.
– Gregg Mitchell, CAO