UrbanPromise to Host Over 100 Volunteers during Community “WorkGroup” Day in Camden

Camden, NJ (Nov. 14) – This Saturday UrbanPromise will host around 115 individuals from the tri-state area as part of its volunteer WorkGroup program. The group’s goal for the day is to begin demolition and renovation of property that belongs to St. Wilfred’s Episcopal Church on North Dudley Street in Camden.

Volunteer groups to participate include several area churches, including Media Presbyterian Church from Media, PA and St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church from Pennington, NJ, as well as Princeton University’s lacrosse team. In addition to UrbanPromise, the St. Wilfrid’s project is being led by Media Presbyterian and its “Ann’s Love Builds” community service project. The service project is named after Dr. Ann Bates, a pediatrician who died last year from cancer. Her husband Chris Bates coaches Princeton’s lacrosse team and is helping to lead the effort.

According to Marcus Bell, UrbanPromise’s Facilities and WorkGroup Coordinator, “St. Wilfrid’s Church has a house that is in dire repair due to inactivity and squatters. On Saturday we have roughly 115+ volunteers coming out to help us demo the house to the studs and remove all debris from the church property.”

The project is Ann’s Love Builds first "day of service" dedicated to honor Dr. Bates’ legacy of care for others. Media Presbyterian has offered to supply materials and cover all demolition and rehabilitation costs. The church has said it will see the project through completion and intends to hold many more days of service in the future.

“It's very exciting to see several area churches and organizations be involved with this project in Camden,” Bell said. “UrbanPromise hopes to continue doing outreach work like this throughout the city.”

Event details:

Saturday, November 17, 2012
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

St. Wilfrid’s Episcopal Church
83 North Dudley Street
Camden, NJ  08105

For more information, please contact:

Marcus Bell, WorkGroup/Facilities Manager (UrbanPromise)
(856) 382-1876 or mbell@urbanpromiseusa.org

Pamela Foxx, Director of Operations (UrbanPromise)
(856) 382-1860 or pfoxx@urbanpromiseusa.org

UrbanPromise is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to equip the children and youth of Camden, NJ with the skills necessary for academic achievement, life management, spiritual growth, and leadership. Celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary in the city of Camden this year, the organization that was created out of the vision and belief that the people, particularly the children, of Camden deserve to have safe, healthy, and positive environments in which to learn, grow, and achieve their goals. To learn more, please visit: www.urbanpromiseusa.org.