CONSTRUCTION WORKERS CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP (Building In Youth)

aka Building In Youth, Hard Hats for Christ   |   Kelso, WA   |  www.hh4c.org

Mission

“Mentoring youth to build godly character through construction training" is KEY. Graduation from high school unlocks the doorway to their future.

Investment through construction skill training will help youth become productive and focus on setting goals to achieve after they graduate.

Building In Youth (BiY) is an innovative connection between the construction industry and students. The "Skills Gap" in the Trades is widening at alarming rates with the average age of workers at 55 and few young people entering the field.

BiY was established in 2011 to offer real-world construction experience and safety training to equip youth, not headed to college, with marketable job skills for the Trades.

BiY wants to motivate students to consider the construction industry as a viable career option once they graduate from high school. Students are encouraged to volunteer in their community by 'giving back' through the new skills acquired from construction training.

Working with adult mentors helps students learn how to handle barriers to successful employment, such as attitude, responsibility, and time management.
Skilled-trades jobs are available in abundance! Let's work together on reducing that "Skills Gap".

BiY brings together adults with construction backgrounds to share their knowledge and experience with a younger generation eager to learn. Working together, a community need is met and students get a taste of volunteering as well as working alongside professionals.

Populations served include youth, adults, seniors, veterans, and those with disabilities in Southwest Washington state. Work involves mainly building wheelchair ramps and installing grab bars. The expertise, wisdom and values that guided one generation are intentionally passed along to the next.

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CONSTRUCTION WORKERS CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP

1. To assist Christian organizations in the spreading of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through specialized construction help, at home and abroad;
2. To encourage and mentor Christians in (and into) the construction trades, to excel as craftsmen and to bring the redeeming influence of godly lives and a Christian world view into the workplace;
3. To tell construction workers about the saving power of Jesus Christ, that they may experience a changed life.

We are based in the Pacific Northwest but have done projects in more than half the United States, and in at least 18 other countries.

Ruling year info

1971

President and CEO

Mr. Dave Williamson

Main address

PO Box 636

Kelso, WA 98626 USA

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EIN

23-7039840

NTEE code info

Protestant (X21)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

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Hard Hats for Christ

A voluntary association of Christian men and women involved in the construction industry in a variety of capacities, who have a desire to spread the Gospel within the industry and to encourage Christian living and craftsmanship.

Population(s) Served

Ready Volunteers for Christ is a community of Christian tradespeople and handymen (and women) who travel in their RV's to assist Christian organizations such as churches, camps, and mission organizations with construction and maintenance projects.

Population(s) Served

Mentoring youth to build godly character through construction training. High school youth receive safety training in the use of construction tools and then perform community service projects such as building handicap ramps, picnic tables, etc.

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To assist Christian ministries with construction and maintenance projects that they would otherwise be unable to undertake or complete without volunteer assistance, and to provide opportunities for Christian workers to Serve Those Who Serve Others;
To encourage Christians in the construction industry to grow in Christ through Bible study and fellowship with other believers;
To tell people working in the construction industry the good news that God loves them and sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to reconcile them to Himself.

We coordinate and connect willing workers with ministries needing construction assistance;
We assist churches in developing mentoring programs to connect the generations and help them with construction-related activities to help accomplish this;
We provide opportunities for high school students to earn community service credits through Buildin in Youth programs;
We are developing the TOOLBOX Safety Cards to bring an emphasis on both safety and integrity to the work place;
We are developing Hard Hats for Christ Chapters, reaching out to those working in construction.

CWCf has a 46 year track record of helping hundreds of ministries with thousands of projects and work teams;
Building in Youth has experimented with several prototype models for its programs over the past five years, and is settling on a more defined strategy for accomplishing its goals;
A small group of editors is working on producing the TOOLBOX Safety cards and funds are being raised to support the project;
Hard Hats for Christ Chapters existed at various places around the United States in the 1970's and '80s but faded away in the '90s as the organization focused more on assistance projects. Methodologies are being explored to recreate the Chapters in a way that is relevant to 21st Century construction workers.

Annually more than a dozen projects accomplished. With more team leaders, we could easily accomplish two to three times that number of projects; we always have more requests for assistance than we have resources to meet those requests.

We have assisted several Christian camps with projects completed by youth groups from around the country. We have helped a number of students from four local high schools earn their community service credits by assisting in the construction of handicap ramps for elderly, etc., building picnic tables for public parks, etc. We have seen interest develop in several churches for beginning a mentoring program.

We have prototypes of TOOLBOX Safety Cards and nearly complete content for several dozen topics. We have not completed a "set" nor published a beta version for use in the field, but we are working on it.

We have not found an effective format for HH4C Chapters in the 21st Century, but are experimenting with a local chapter. We have interested parties in half a dozen cities across the nation, but they are waiting to hear of some successes on our part!

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CONSTRUCTION WORKERS CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP (Building In Youth)

Board of directors
as of 02/17/2017
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Board chair

James Wellcome

Ted Blankinship

Joel Cowin

Eric Johnson

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