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If you, your family, group or church would like to serve for a weekend or longer, Green Lake has plenty of projects. Roll up your sleeves; we’ll provide the housing and give you an afternoon off if you spend a week working on our projects. Arrange a time with Green Lake, or join one of the ABMen Work Weeks in 2017 (April 17-23 and Sept. 17-22).
Projects, projects, projects
There is never a shortage of projects to be done at Green Lake. Would you, your family, group or church like to spend a weekend or longer at Green Lake taking on a project? There are many ways to help!
Share Your Skills
We always need people whose skills include carpentry, plumbing, masonry, electrical, painting, gardening, auto maintenance and appliance repair. We need jacks-and-jills-of-all-trades, too, and plenty of helpers!
In the fall of 2012 we entered into a partnership with American Baptist Men USA to begin the interior renovation of our historic Roger Williams Inn. Since then, over 100 men and women have come to Green Lake over the course of four weeks to help with these efforts. Guest room ceilings were replaced. New bedroom lighting was installed. Hallways were scraped and freshly painted.
In addition, fall cleanup help was given to our garden crew. The disaster relief crew from Springfield, IL came and helped with falling and cutting up many dead trees on the property. These work weeks are productive and we look forward to repeating them! There will also be fall grounds work to do and many other projects to be determined. Whatever skill level you have, from being a good helper to master fully skilled in a trade, we can use your help and promise to use your talents well.
ABMen Fall Work Weeks: Everyone’s invited!
April 24-30 and Sept. 18-24, 2016
Three work weeks sponsored by American Baptist Men are scheduled for April 24-30 and Sept. 18-24. We hope you will set aside time to be with us and lend a hand! Registration limited to 50 each week. Call Green Lake to register.
Preserve the Lawson Legacy
Many of our Lawson-era buildings (1890-1916) have value for their nostalgia, history, visual appearance and potential for program use. Some have deteriorated due to limited maintenance and available resources. The most prevalent damage is the result of failed roofs, which has led to water damage within the buildings. Stabilization against future damage is possible; material cost for remediation is minor. The main element required to correct these problems is volunteer labor and technical coordination. A great deal of skill is not required to help make a huge impact. A small group of volunteers have repaired some of the boathouse roof tiles and stabilized the flat section of the roof. The boathouse project was designed and led by architect Robert Staricka of Minneapolis, MN.
Protect the Environment
We frequently partner with the local Green Lake Conservancy whose mission includes ‘Preserving Special Places.’ One of their initiatives is the removal of an invasive shrub (buckthorn) from our woods. Buckthorn quickly grows to tree height and shades the forest floor, preventing other desirable plants and trees from taking root. We work on buckthorn removal in the fall months.
Sustain the American Baptist History
Many people enjoy donating time and talent to restore vital pieces of our history like Chapel Car Grace, Spurgeon Chapel, Hopevale Memorial, No Hurry boat and Log House.
Projects are scheduled all year. Housing and cooking facilities are provided, and meals can be purchased in our dining room at a reduced rate. You’ll also receive staff discounts at places like Worldwide Gifts; an evening wagon ride or pontoon boat cruise; and complimentary golf, boating and bike use.
If you want to share your skills, preserve the Lawson legacy, sustain the American Baptist history or protect our environment, contact:
(920) 294-7333 or SandraW@glcc.org
We look forward to partnering with you!