Hello from West Virginia!
On Sunday, July 31, 10 UUCC youth and 3 adults traveled together to McDowell County, West Virginia to work with Big Creek People in Action (BCPIA) on housing rehab projects for residents of one of the poorest and most disinvested counties in the United States.
We arrived safely on Sunday evening, buoyed by the warm congregational sendoff that morning, and for the past four days have been working on a variety of projects.
A team of our youth deconstructed a water-damaged and structurally unsafe bedroom floor, and built a new, safer floor from the ground up. Another team has installed ceiling insulation and is in the process of drywalling a hallway to help a homeowner keep her utilities bill reasonable in winter. These McDowell County residents have welcomed us into their homes, trusted us with their stories and houses, and modeled generosity and selflessness in how they care for their community.
In our final full day here (today), we’ll be wrapping up projects, organizing the BCPIA food & clothing pantry, and cleaning flood debris from devastating July rains, before returning to Maryland on Saturday.
We look forward to sharing our stories and reflections from our time in West Virginia with you, UUCC!