AIKEN -- Sabina Craig works for the city of Aiken's Neighborhood and Development Services Division, which oversees the World Changers Program.
1. What is the World Changers Program?
World Changers is a group of youths. It's a ministry of the North American Mission Board. These youths volunteer to be a part of this organization to go to different states to help repair houses in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods for homeowners.
2. WHO PARTICIPATES IN THE PROGRAM?
High-schoolers from all over the U.S. They come from all over through their church. Their church is a member of the North American Mission Board. Through their church they go out in Aiken. Millbrook Baptist Church is the host and the city partners with Millbrook. Millbrook provides the youth, and the city pays for the supplies and materials. And I get the homeowners.
3. WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE HELP FROM THE WORLD CHANGERS?
Someone that lives within the city limits of Aiken. That they own their own house and live in it. And they're in the income limits that are specified by HUD (the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development).
4. HOW DOES THIS PROGRAM BENEFIT THE COMMUNITY?
The youths repair rooftops; and they paint the outside of the house; and they also do some yard work and maybe cut some overgrown shrubbery. So, you have volunteers that are giving back to the community. The community is benefiting from a beautification process. The homeowner is able to not be living in substandard conditions. And the whole community gets involved.
5. HOW CAN SOMEONE GET INVOLVED WITH THIS PROGRAM?
Those wanting to get their homes repaired should call (706) 642-7606 to apply.