Pull up a chair and chat with a neighbor in the close-knit town of Richwood, West Virginia. Your team will instantly feel welcomed by the residents of this small Appalachian town where everyone seems to know everyone. You’ll see how neighbors look out for one another and take pride in their community, while also struggling with the upkeep of old homes and trailers, leading to unsafe living conditions.
Many homes were not built to withstand the ever-changing mountain weather, and families often cannot afford basic repairs. But your team can make a difference one home at a time as you serve side-by-side with homeowners. Not only will your work make a practical impact, but you’ll have the chance to make a spiritual impact as you share the love of Jesus through your selfless actions.
Will you come to serve and learn from often-forgotten communities on a 2023 West Virginia mission trip?
Similar opportunities available: Kentucky Mission Trips
Work projects are organized to support the needs and vision of the community and are designed to connect team members with the local people of Webster Springs. Experience Mission staff will coordinate projects and get materials and tools ready. Your team will be responsible to provide project oversight. While we will always have plenty of work for your team, the extent of the projects may be limited based on the expertise your team brings with you.
Your team will be involved in home repair and community restoration work projects that reach out to those in need in various practical ways. We will work in neighborhoods with a diverse group of people and circumstances. Team members will have the opportunity to share their lives through service, prayer, and time spent with the families and children they come to work alongside.
Due to the unique nature of this community, the opportunity for relational ministry may take place directly at project worksites as volunteers come alongside and encourage those they come to serve.
*Experience Mission works closely with local leaders to identify work projects and ministry opportunities that address authentic needs within the community. We ask that you come with a servant's heart and willingness to adapt to the unique qualities represented in each location. Opportunities can vary significantly from one week to the next. Your team may work at one location or serve at multiple locations each day. Due to the changing needs of our community partners, we cannot confirm your specific daily activities until your team arrives.
Each morning, there is time set aside for devotions and quiet time. This is a valuable time and we strongly encourage all team members to spend it with God, journaling their thoughts and experiences as the days unfold.
EM staff will provide materials for a self-guided time of debriefing and a short devotional in the evening (what we call "Evening Gathering") and it is a great time to incorporate musical worship.
3-6pm Groups Arrive
5pm - Leader's Meeting
6pm - Dinner
7pm - Orientation Meeting
8:30pm - Team Time (a time for your group alone)
11:30pm - Lights Out
7:15am - Breakfast
7:45am - Devotions and Quiet Time
8:15am - Group Prayer
8:30am - Teams leave for Sites
12pm - Lunch
3:30pm - Finish work for the day
4pm - Break and Clean-up
5pm - Leaders meeting
6pm - Dinner
7pm - Evening Gathering (as a whole group)
8:30pm - Team time
7am - Breakfast
7:30am - Cleanup / Packing
9am - Pictures & Good-Byes
Teams serving in Richwood will stay at a local church. Most teams will be sleeping on the ground and should plan to bring a small mat or single-wide air mattress. Team members should plan to bring light bedding or a sleeping bag and a pillow.
There will be bathrooms at the place where you stay and at most work sites. On the occasion that there are no facilities where you are working, teams will need to take breaks midday to use a public restroom. Showers will either be camp showers or available at an alternate location.
There is drinkable running water in this part of West Virginia. Teams will have access to it where they are staying, and at most work sites. Teams should plan to bring refillable water bottles to stay hydrated at work sites.
There is electricity available where teams stay as well as at most work sites, but there will be no Wifi access for volunteers. *Keep in mind that there will not be air conditioning.
Richwood is a generally safe area. The facilities where teams stay will be locked throughout the night and Experience Mission Staff members will do a sweep to make sure the facilities are secure before retiring for the evening. We do recommend teams leave unnecessary valuables (smartphones, computers, jewelry, etc.) at home.
Experience Mission Field Staff will be preparing and serving your meals. Breakfast and dinner will be served buffet-style, and your team will pack their own lunches each morning.
Your team's transportation to, from, and while in West Virginia is NOT covered. You will need vehicles throughout the entire week to transport your team to various locations for work and ministry. PLEASE NOTE: Using a bus as your main mode of transportation while in this community is NOT an option. Our work and roads in rural West Virginia can only accommodate standard 15-passenger vans or smaller.
Experience Mission has specific policies regarding team registration and withdrawal. Please refer to the document below for specifics.
All volunteers on a week-long EM mission trip must be part of a team of at least six (6) people, with at least one team member age 21 or older to serve as the Team Leader. Not part of a group? All young adults ages 18-30 are eligible to apply for EM's IMMERSION program.
What age group can you accommodate in Richwood, West Virginia?
We can accommodate Jr. High/middle school students in this location as well as high school students, college students, and adults.
How much do Richwood, West Virginia mission trips cost?
The cost of this trip in 2023 is $465/person. This includes all lodging, food, staffing, and trip-related expenses. Transportation is not included. Note that all construction projects are generally provided at no cost to families. Your fees help cover this blessing for homeowners.
What seasons do you offer mission trips in Richwood?
Mission trips to Richwood, West Virginia are available during the summer. Check out this list of all available spring break trips if you are looking for trips outside the summer months.
What will volunteers do on a mission trip to Richwood, West Virginia?
Teams coming to serve in Richwood can expect to work primarily on home improvement projects with local families.
Will we work with children in Richwood?
Mission trips in Richwood do not include opportunities to participate in a Kids Club or other children's ministry.
What paperwork is required for this mission trip?
Each team member will need to fill out a team member registration form and liability waiver, and all adults are required to pass a background check. Your mission trip support representative will contact you if any other paperwork is required.
Where will my team stay in Richwood?
Teams will stay at a local church, where air mattresses and sleeping bags should be brought for added comfort.
How does transportation work during West Virginia mission trips?
Transportation is entirely up to groups to arrange. We recommend 15-passenger vans or smaller. We don't recommend relying on buses as a mode of transportation for this trip. Keep in mind that groups are often split into teams of 8-12 for construction projects. It works well if you are able to plan transportation accordingly.
When should I arrive?
Check-in is between 3 and 5 PM on the first day of your selected trip. Our staff will be awaiting your arrival. You can expect dinner and an orientation meeting to get you ready for the week that evening as well.
What should I pack for this trip?
A packing list will be available to you once you register for the trip. Generally, be prepared to bring along work clothes. All tools will be provided to you, but donations of additional tools are welcome!
Does EM offer mission trips to any other Appalachia communities?
Yes! We also currently offer Appalachia volunteer service trips to Kentucky.
Have more questions about Experience Mission trips? Check out our general FAQs, or call our support team at 888-475-6414.
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You must have a group size of at least 6 members to join this trip. Please view the Small Team trips or call our Servicing Department for more options at 888-475-6414.
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