Community Home Improvement Project of Johns Island Presbyterian Church
CHIP is a Christian ministry that reaches out to Sea Island neighbors whose homes have been damaged or are substandard. The project organizes volunteer labor to do repairs and upgrades using donations of money, materials, furniture, and appliances to create a safe, secure, and habitable home. Our goal is to promote new relationships of trust and openness between donors, volunteers, and recipients. Read about the development of the program.
This summer, the following groups are scheduled:
June 16-23, 3 groups
Pleasant View United Methodist, Abingdon, VA, team of 130
1st Presbyterian, High Point, NC, team of 15
1st Presbyterian, Holt, MI, team of 12
South Aiken Presbyterian, team of 15 June 24-30 Yorkfield Presbyterian, Elmhurst, IL, team of 20
1st Presbyterian from Washington, NJ, team of 30
How great is that?!? CHIP will be recruiting YOU to help. Men, women, and youth can be project managers or assistants, workers, deliver materials, provide snacks, or deliver snacks to the jobsite. You may have already received emails about these and signed up online, or you may call Linda Mecchi or Michael Orris to volunteer.
Our primary goal is helping our neighbors in need as we raise our awareness of the plight of those dwelling in substandard living conditions. There is a job for everyone who wants to become involved. We’ve been blessed with incredible support from our congregation, other church members, business donations, and charitable groups who recognize the need in our community, and are grateful of the opportunity to sustain and grow our ministry largely through unsolicited funds and donations. The CHIP ministry needs many more volunteers.
Learn about past projects (to be linked to photo spreads)
Our work can vary from a minor plumbing repair to a structural issue. CHIP began with donations from our congregation in 2015 after the devastating floods, now partnering with Presbytery USA, other churches, mission groups, and organizations such as Kiawah Cares. We are grateful for this help, but primarily remain a shoestring operation with only a handful of dedicated volunteers. There is a lot more need than we can provide. Other local organizations have heard about what we do and refer those who need help to us. Ultimately, we have to prioritize the requests, doing the work we are capable of for people in need, usually the elderly or where children are involved. Volunteer opportunities: supervising a job, doing actual repairs, painting, etc., as well as recruiting others to join us in our efforts. Tax deductible donations are also appreciated, such as appliances, furniture, and linens which need to be replaced in homes with water damage. If you would like to make an impact in your local community, consider becoming a part of this valuable work.
JOHNS ISLAND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH CHIP MINISTRY
2550 BOHICKET ROAD
JOHNS ISLAND SC 29455
CHIP is a ministry of Johns Island Presbyterian Church. Volunteers from other churches and the community generously work with CHIP.