Brothers’ Keeper (BK), a service ministry through Parchment Valley Conference Center (PVCC) in Ripley, will soon be celebrating 20 years of service in Jackson County.
Every June for one week, BK brings local youth and adult leaders from churches around the state of West Virginia and surrounding areas together to help those in Jackson County who may need assistance with small projects or home repairs.
Through an application process, members of the Jackson County community are chosen based on the need or want of the project they request completed.
Roughly 225 volunteers are able to complete 40-45 projects each year.
PVCC director Frank Miller said it is amazing to drive through Jackson County and see projects that have been completed during BK.
“The impact that it has upon the community is a great cause for celebration,” he said.
Known as a ministry which allows youth to participate in a “mission trip” where a passport is not needed, BK20 is scheduled to kick off on June 21 and run through June 26.
This year’s theme is “Change the World!” based on James 1:22, “We are doers of the world together.”
Miller said they are hoping to get more local church involvement this year.
“We are working with the Jackson County Ministerial Association in promoting the brand, which is a great blessing,” he said.
Veterans with home repair needs will be the focus of this year’s BK, according to Miller.
“If you’re a veteran and your house needs repaired, we want you to fill out an application so we can come and visit, and evaluate your scope of work and see how we can help you,” Miller said. “We want to make sure our veterans are aware of this great opportunity.”
Also focused on supporting veterans, Jackson County Hunting Heroes have stepped up to provide their support for BK20.
With donations from local individuals and businesses, BK remains a free service; however, donations to assist with the cost of materials are accepted.
Miller said without sponsors, BK would not be possible and he is very thankful to get the support of the Jackson County community each year.
“We are doers and we want to do something in 2020,” Miller said.
Anyone interested in volunteering for Brothers’ Keeper or donating to the ministry, please contact Parchment Valley at 304-372-3675.
Brothers’ Keeper applications are available through Community Resources, the Department of Health & Human Resources (DHHR), and online at brotherskeeperwv.org.