The first week of June was "Hometown Mission Week" for Wesley UMC in Augusta.
"We had 100 teenagers and 40 volunteers serve local homeowners, ministries, and community organizations doing light construction, repairs, building wheelchair ramps, painting, yard work, and other projects," said Rev. Aaron Talbot. "We had 14 project sites and worked over the course of three days."
In addition to support from the congregation, small businesses in the community provided $11,000 in sponsorships that helped to purchase lumber, building material, paint, and other supplies.
"After each work day, we came back to the church for dinner and worship together," explained Talbot.
Using the volunteer labor valuation from 2021 and multiplying that by the number of days worked and the total number of volunteers and then adding in the estimated building materials purchased and donated, Hometown Mission Week provided $120,000 worth of labor and materials back into the local community in Columbia County and Richmond County.