World Changers In Clovis/Fresno | Business
180 junior high, high school and college students from around the country (including 20 from the Clovis/Fresno area) are now in Clovis to begin a 4-day-long project renovating 14 homes/yards in lower income neighborhoods and performing a makeover on the Clovis Salvation Army building. Clovis received 60 applications for help this year. The students will re-roof 2 homes, paint the balance, and make structural repairs along with installing awnings and refurbishing interior storage rooms at the Clovis Salvation Army building. This is the 9th year in a row the World Changers organization is coming to Clovis. It is one of three cities in California the teenagers and young adults will be assisting this year.
The City of Clovis is working with World Changers to make neighborhood upgrades a reality. A federal Community Development Block Grant is providing the materials for the local projects. The City identified the people/families most in need of the assistance. It is an economical way to help improve some lower income Clovis neighborhoods, while at the same time allowing World Changers to fulfill its objective of offering first-rate mission experiences to meet the physical and spiritual needs of others. Savings from the project total approximately $200,000.00.
Lowe’s is providing not only a 10% discount on materials, but is also outright donating materials and some labor for the Salvation Army project; Fosters Freeze in Old Town is offering lunches to supervisors; Classic Catering and Institute of Technology Culinary School in Clovis are helping with meals.
“The Pursuit Starts Now” is this year’s theme for the approximately 20,000 participants in 92 similar projects across the country. World Changers is a volunteer ministry of the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. It began in Tennessee 22 years ago with 137 volunteers. Each of the volunteers coming to Clovis pays $249.00 to cover his or her costs of travel, food, and lodging.
A banner across Clovis Avenue at 7th Street will welcome the teens and young adults to our community. Their “Grand Sendoff” to work on Clovis homes takes is this morning at 7 o’clock in the Clovis East High School Multi-Purpose Room. Mayor Jose Flores will be on hand for that event.
Here's the map where the special heart felt work will take place.