By Riley Manning
TUPELO – On the heels of last week’s 8 Days of Hope campaign come over 160 teenagers from across the South with the World Changers organization.
Through Friday, the volunteers from eight churches in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Missouri and Louisiana will work to revitalize substandard housing in Tupelo and Lee County. During the course of the week, the 16 crews will affect 18 work sites in work unrelated to the tornado recovery.
“They will be painting, siding, building handicap ramps, all kinds of things to these homes,” said World Changers media liaison Lauren Hicks.
“World Changers goes everywhere from Puerto Rico to California, and we’re really excited to be in Tupelo this week,” she said.
The Nashville-based ministry is an initiative of LifeWay Christian Resources. This will be their seventh year to visit Tupelo out of the 23 summers World Changers has been in operation.
According to Hicks, over 300,000 participants have volunteered with World Changers since its inception. On average, the organization will send groups to 90 cities each year with the goal of alleviating inadequate housing and living conditions.
“The key to World Changers is that it works with community and city organizations to get the needed supplies,” Hicks said. “For the Tupelo project, we’ve worked with the Lee County Baptist Association and gotten funding for materials from the city.”
In addition, volunteers pay on average $250 each for registration, housing, and travel expenses.