Group Cares Camp

2018 – Groups Care Camp Application

Below is an example of a project Group Cares and WCMCA has done.

Why is West Central MN Communities Action sponsoring this project?

Group Cares Camp, Inc. contacted West Central MN Communities Action, Inc. (WCMCA) because they wanted the opportunity to bring this service to western Minnesota. It fits WCMCA’s mission and provides an opportunity to partner with other community agencies and organizations. WCMCA, Inc. will be co-sponsoring the Group Cares Camp project in 2018 with Lakes and Prairies Community Action in the Breckenridge area from July 22-28, 2018.

Why do we need this service?

The west central area of Minnesota has many households on low or fixed incomes that may not qualify to receive services from any other source. Many are not physically or financially able to make needed repairs to their homes.

Who will be eligible for this service?

Eligible households will be chosen from applicants who live within 30 miles driving distance from Breckenridge (Minnesota residents only).  The criteria will be based on client need, the amount of work, level of work to be done on the home, and the skills of the campers.  Both town and rural residents will be eligible.

What is required of the resident?

The resident must commit to having someone at the home during the time that the workers are there.  They must have a bathroom, electricity for tools, and drinking water accessible. Both labor and materials will be free to qualifying households.

Where do the campers come from?

The campers are part of church youth groups from across the United States.  They raise funds and on average are required to pay $424 each to attend the camp.  There is one adult leader for every five to six campers.  West central Minnesota is one of the most requested areas to visit by the campers.

Where will the campers be staying?

Once the host city has been determined, the location the campers will be staying at for the week of Group will be decided upon.  They provide their own transportation to the work sites and are supervised by the adult leaders and Group Cares Staff.

How is the work funded?

A portion of the money for materials comes from the camper fees.  West Central Minnesota Communities Action, Inc., as a co-sponsor, will organize fundraising efforts.  The goal is to raise a minimum of $35,000.  More dollars raised will allow more households to be served.

What kinds of work will be done?

Most jobs that will be done will require only basic building skills such as painting, caulking, weather-stripping and simple carpentry.  More complex jobs, such as wheelchair ramps will be assigned to campers and leaders with more skills and experience.  The jobs need to be ones that can feasibly be completed by a crew of six during the camp week.

What is needed?

  • Time…
    • To pick up and deliver materials to sites
    • To volunteer on various committees
    • To help in the office
    • To help in the kitchen
    • To act as guides
  • Talent…
    • Nursing skills; first aid; CPR
    • Provide afternoon snacks when crews return from worksites
    • Draw maps to sites
    • Carpentry skills to oversee crews
    • Write work orders; write material lists
    • For troubleshooting
  • Treasurer…
    • To assist fundraising efforts
    • To donate cash*
    • To donate materials (paint, nails, lumber, scaffolding, tools, etc.)*
    • To donate tools
  • Tools…
    • Loan ladders, hammers, saws, levels, paintbrushes, paint scrapers, etc. to supplement those provided by the Group Cares Camp
    • All loaned tools should be clearly marked with the owner’s name and telephone number

Call Heidi at 218-685-7033 or toll-free 800-492-4805, Ext. 4 or send an email to for more information.

*How can I donate money to the cause?

In Person:

Heidi Grove
West Central MN Communities Action, Inc.
411 Industrial Park Blvd.
Elbow Lake, MN 56531

Via Mail:

ATTN: Group Cares Camp
West Central MN Communities Action, Inc.
411 Industrial Park Blvd
Elbow Lake, MN 56531

*All donations are tax deductible.

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