North Carolina

North Carolina

Franklinton Center at Bricks (Whitakers)                         

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: Tracey Mann or Diana Allen
281 Bricks Lane, P.O. Box 220
Whitakers, NC 27891
Phone: 800.345.1850 or 252.437.1723
Fax:  252.437.1278
Email: or 

The Franklinton Center at Bricks is a conference, retreat, and educational facility in eastern North Carolina with a focus on justice advocacy and leadership development.  It is one of the Centers for Education and Social Transformation of Justice and Witness Ministries in the national UCC Setting.

Project/Focus: Building and grounds maintenance - painting and cleaning buildings, repairing structures, and grounds work.  Opportunities to work among rural people in areas such as health and education also can be arranged.

Educational/advocacy Components: As a former plantation, the FCAB traces its beginnings to the founding of the Franklinton Christian College in 1871, and the Congregationalist Bricks School in 1895.  A merger in the 1950's formed the FCAB which is related to the United Church of Christ and managed and staffed by the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries.  The FCAB continues to play a significant role in the education and nurture of church leaders, justice advocates, young people, and community leaders.  Fundamental concerns such as rural justice, community development, environmental racism and workers' rights are woven into the programmatic focus of this national church facility. A listing of 2013-2014 events can be found at

Time: Spring through fall.

Group Size: Any size up to 50 people.

Adult to Youth Ratio: 1:5

Accommodations: Lodging is dorm style at The Center.  Motel type lodging available on site at a higher cost.  *Prayer trails, outdoor chapel, walks and rides to the nearby river, (bring your fishing pole) and serene grounds are available for use.  There's more than enough space (over 250 acres) for games such as soccer, volleyball and softball.  In season, you and  your group can swim in the large outdoor pool.

Cost: $30.00 for meals and lodging per night; negotiable.


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Appalachia Service Project, Inc.                    

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: Karen Frederick, Director of Volunteers
4523 Bristol Highway
Johnson City, TN 37601
Phone: 423.854.4434
Fax:  423.854.9771

The Appalachia Service Project  repairs homes for the poorest families in central Appalachia with the vision that substandard housing in central Appalachia might be eradicated and everyone who comes into contact with this ministry will be transformed. 

Project/Focus: ASP is a relational ministry that repairs homes for low-income families throughout central Appalachia (Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina).  The goal is to make homes 'warmer, safer and drier.'

Locations: Opportunites are available in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina.  All locations are scheduled by ASP National Offices via above information.

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Fuller Center for Housing (Kinston)

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Contact: Sharon Tarver, Registrar for U.S. Builds
               701 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
               Americus, GA  31917
Phone:     229.294.2900    *Fax:  229.924.2901
Register on-line:

The Fuller Center for Housing faith-driven and Christ-centered, promotes collaborative and innovative partnerships with individuals and organizations in an unrelenting quest to provide adequate shelter for all people in need worldwide.

Projects/Focus: Building new and repairing existing homes working with families in need.  The exact projects will be determined close to group arrival and based upon the progress of previous accomplishments of our volunteers and available resources.

Educational/Advocacy Components: Each group will receive an orientation about the community they will be serving.  This will include a discussion about poverty housing in the area, and the economic benefit of our “hand up-not a handout” approach to charity and how this builds a Fund for Humanity recycling homeowner payments to serve other people in need in the community.  Churches  do mission work by empowering the people they serve.

Time:  Spring, Summer

Group Size:  10-50

Minimum Age: 13+ years. 

Adult to Youth Ratio:  1:5

Accommodations:  Camp facility or local churches.  Some meals will be provided.  Team will prepare most of their own meals.

Cost:  $160 pre person


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Harvest of Hope (Durham & Charlotte)


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See listing for National Headquarters under Virginia.

Contact:  Scott Briggs, Regional Director

Phone:  800.333.4597 or 919.683.3011

Harvest of Hope: is a national gleaning network that educates participants concerning the domestic and global hunger problem with the encouragement to make a lifelong commitment to being part of the solution.

Projects/Focus: Participants glean nutritious produce from farmers’ fields and orchards after harvest.  This food, instead of being left behind to rot, is delivered to those in need through programs such as local food banks and soup kitchens.  Harvest of Hope is a national gleaning network.

See national office listing in Virginia for more information..

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Johns River Valley Camp (Blowing Rock/Collettsville)                       

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Contact: Rev. C.L. "Curly" Stumb
Mailing Address:  1055 Niley Cook Road
                             Blowing Rock, NC 28605
Site Location:  6211 Highway 90
                        Collettsville, NC 28611
Phone: 828.264.1516

Johns River Valley Camp (JRVC) hosts an outdoor ministry site of the Southern Conference United Church of Christ.  JRVC is an accredited camp of the American Camp Association.  JRVC hosts 150-200 campers during the summer in addition to providing a ministry of hospitality for retreats throughout the year. 

Project/Focus:The JRVC program has identified a cross-section of needs where campers, with hands-on encounters, can address housing, food, clothing and environmental issues.  Projects include home paint and repair, work in thrift shops and food pantries, and F.A.R.M. (Feed Regardless of Means), helping elderly neighbors with lawn care, building trails, restoring animal habitats and performing river clean-ups.

Educational/advocacy Components: JRVC camp staff (along with work camp team leaders) provide oversight and direction in guiding the project experience, and help facilitate reflective prompting toward discoveries from the work encounter.  In addition to the project focus area listed above, which center on both human needs and environmental issues, the JRVC program incorporates a faith development component.  A Chalice Press Resource for Outdoor Ministry offers a curriculum foundation for the week.  This material is designed and published in an ecumenical partnership that includes the United Church of Christ.  In 2016, with the Summer Camp Option A and utilizing the curriculum "Fearless Faith, Courage in Community" the camp experience will enable campers to create lasting communities in Christ with a support group for standing up to mistrust, enemies, injustice, and fear itself.

Option A:  Johns River Valley Camp schedules and formats a Youth / Work / Mission Camp as part of its summer camp program offerings.  JRVC invites and welcomes small youth groups to register and participate in this program.   This particular summer program offers a community component of working side by side with other youth groups.  (Contact camp director and/or website for dates and further information.)
Option B:  Contact camp about available dates for your group to have a dedicated workcamp experience in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, including spring break and summer scheduling options

Group Size: 6-40 per youth group (optimal work camp summer session (Option A) will have a total of 30-40 people).  Small groups from different regions can be integrated nicely into “Option A.”

Minimum Age: Rising 7th graders (Program is designed for youth from rising grades 7-13 (including persons just graduating from high school)

Adult to Youth Ratio: 1:6

Accommodations: Classic summer camp cabins that each sleeps 8-10 persons.  Cabins are clustered around two separate bathhouses similar to facilities found in a camper travel park.  The camp also has one handicap accessible cabin with bath facilities.  The bathhouses, dining hall, and various other program spaces are also accessible.  Adults not functioning as cabin counselors have an option of lodging in modern "Boger Site" rooms that part of the camp's newer 40-bed year-round retreat facility. 

Option A:  $430.00 per youth camper; no charge for adults within the prescribed 1:6 adult/youth ratio.

Option B:  $280.00 per person (all participants: youth and adults / based on a week-long experience) using Mainsite cabins for lodging with group planning and preparing own meals.  Adults not functioning as supervisors for youth lodging can pay a small supplement ($120.00 / room / week) for upgraded “Boger Site” lodging.

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  Little Chapel on the Boardwalk Presbbyterian Church, USA (Wilmington)
Little Chapel on the Boardwalk Presbyterian Church USA in cooperation with
     WARM (Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministries)  and Matthew House (Lodging for Mission Teams)

Matthew House location: 
14 West Fayetteville Street
Wilmington, NC on Wrightsville Beach NC

*NOTE:  Group leader needs to register BOTH with Matthew House and with WARM

Contact:       Ann Martz, Coordinator for the Matthew House
Phone:         910.256.2819 x100

Contact:        WARM, Inc. 
Phone:          910.399.7563


WARM (Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministries) makes homes safer for elderly, disabled, and low-income homeowners. 

Project/Focus: Building projects for mission teams include wheelchair ramp construction, floor and sheetrock repair, window and door replacement, appliance installation, and electrical and plumbing repairs. Technical supervision for work projects is available.

Educational/Advocacy Components:  Group leaders responsible for own programming. Preparation, Reflection, and Follow-Up materials are available at front of UCC Mission Trip Opportunities booklet or on-line at Surrounding natural and historic attractions in the Cape Fear Region are available.

Time:  Year-round. Full week (Sunday-Saturday) trips. Partial week trips between Monday and Thursday.  Book at least one month ahead.  The summer months book up fastest.

Group Size:  18 maximum for lodging at Matthew House.  Other housing options are available for groups larger than 18 by contacting WARM.

Minimum Age:  16 years to serve with WARM

Adult to Youth Ratio:  1:6 (Matthew House & WARM)

Conditions:  Reserve room at the Matthew House for your mission team.  Accommodations include:  full kitchen, 2 sitting areas, dorm style bunk beds, 2 private bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, gas grill and WiFi.   Matthew House is owned by little Chapel on the Boardwalk Presbyterian Church and sits one block from the Atlantic Ocean.

(a) WARM - $25-$40 per person per work day donation.  Donations help purchase building materials.


(b)Matthew House
Non-refundable deposit of $150 for groups staying 4-6 nights, plus a $10.00 per person, per night fee will be collected when group arrives.  Groups staying 6 nights, will only be charged for 5 nights.

Non-refundable deposit of $100 for groups staying 2-3 nights, plus a $10.00 per person per night fee will be collected when group arrives.


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Contact Info

Mary Schaller Blaufuss
Team Leader, Global Sharing of Resources
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115