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Who qualifies for assistance from Hard Hats?
CWCf receives more than one hundred requests for construction assistance each year. Our limited resources don't allow us to service them all. In order to understand what we may or may not be able to provide, and for your request to be given appropriate consideration, please read the following carefully before submitting an application.
CWCf assists only those organizations in full agreement with our Statement of Faith and whose need and project has been carefully and prayerfully evaluated by the CWCf staff authorized by our Board of Directors. Within the United States, our charter only allows us to assist organizations recognized by the IRS as churches and/or other 501-c (3) charitable organizations (most Christian camps and mission agencies qualify). For projects outside the USA we prefer to work with established mission agencies or with ministries having reputable histories and verifiable links to US or other congregations.
We provide short-term construction and maintenance assistance to our client ministries so that they can either expand their ministry or make it more efficient. CWCf also helps mission groups with emergency repairs, assists churches in setting up teams to service their own missionaries, deploys faith-supported construction missionaries, provides job supervisors for other ministries, and teaches missionaries and nationals construction and maintenance skills. We are not a Contractor and we do not contract work.
In evaluating which projects to undertake, we look at the genuineness of the need (can the potential client afford to hire the job done or will volunteer work be absolutely essential to the completion of the job), and the degree to which the proposed project will contribute to the fulfillment of the Great Commission. Our North American projects typically are under 6,500 square feet and less than $750,000 total construction budget. If your project is larger than this, you should probably contact a reputable building contractor.
WHAT SERVICES CAN HARD HATS FOR CHRIST SUPPLY?
- Pre-design or pre-construction consultation
- Hard Hats for Christ staff is willing and ready to consult with you about your building needs even before you begin the design work;
- Often, we can help connect you with design professionals (architects, engineers) who may be willing to assist you for a reduced fee;
- If you already have plans underway or completed, we can review them and make recommendations that might lead to a more efficient or cost-effective volunteer project;
- Recruit volunteer labor (craftsmen, handy-helpers, willing workers)
- Our Project Coordinator can serve as a liaison between you, the client ministry, and our pool of potential volunteers. We may be able to send one or more volunteers to work directly under your own on-site supervisor or to work with a Hard Hats for Christ team leader;
- Many of our volunteers serve through RV'ers for Christ, a ministry of CWCf. Typically retired couples, these volunteers usually serve at their own expense and for durations that fit their personal schedules; we don't have a "work-three-weeks-and-leave" travel schedule as some groups do;
- On-site job supervision
- Hard Hats for Christ staff is made up of full and part-time, faith supported missionaries, including several construction project supervisors and team leaders;
- Our missionaries and volunteers come alongside your people to accomplish your project;
- Hard Hats supervisors can help order materials and direct subcontractors, but CWCf does not provide any materials, subcontracts, funds, or fund raising on behalf or our client ministries.
- Special mailings
- Upon request we can do a special mailing targeting specific trades or geographical areas on behalf of our client ministries. The charge for this service is for our printing cost, materials (envelopes, labels, enclosures, etc.), secretarial/staff time and postage.
- If phone recruitment is requested or there is a need for project site investigation/consultation, those costs are covered separately. Contact our Project Coordinator to discuss your specific needs.
WHAT DO WE EXPECT FROM A CLIENT MINISTRY?
- Materials for the project, and workers from your congregation, staff, or volunteer base (remember, we come alongside to guide and supplement your people, we don't build it for you); our missionaries are instructed to stop working if you don't consistently supply volunteers from your own group;
- Construction permits and licensed subcontractors, where required; in most cases, you must have the required permits in hand before we will mobilize missionaries and/or volunteers to your jobsite;
- Jobsite phone and e-mail/Internet access for our missionaries (high speed access is required if an administrative missionary is assigned to your project) –for overseas exceptions see below;
- Liability insurance covering volunteer workers on your project (typically a rider to your existing policy);
- A completed application for construction assistance.
The SERMON on the AMOUNT, or ... About that Free Lunch ...
Generally, we require
the client ministry to provide the following:
- A place to park the missionaries and/or volunteers' RV (trailer or motor home), free of charge to the missionary and volunteers;
- Utilities to the RV spaces (minimum 30 amp electrical service, drinking water, and some form of sewer service (sometimes this is a weekly pump out by the "honey bucket" truck that services the jobsite port-a-potty); with the client ministry covering the cost for these utilities. Making sure their propane tanks are full before they leave the job isn't required, but it's sure appreciated!
- A few of our missionaries and volunteers do not have RV's; in that case we ask you to arrange for lodging, typically with a church family or in a camp dorm or cabin, mission apartment, etc.
- Although we do not require meals be provided, on jobs where a number of folks are working at the lunch or dinner hour on a regular basis, it is common and much appreciated for the client ministry to provide at least one meal a day for the workers. At camps this usually means the use of the dining hall. Churches typically form a pot-luck committee and bring meals to the jobsite.
- (For churches) at least two opportunities for our missionaries to share the pulpit, preferably once at the beginning of the job and once near the end of their time with you.
Hard Hats for Christ traditionally has provided most of our services "almost for free", since the above costs are usually minimal compared to the overall cost of the project. As the cost of living, and especially fuel expense, rises, we are asking our client ministries to help a little more directly. Also, just to be frank, we've learned that human nature doesn't seem to place a lot of value on things that are received "for free" (2 Sam. 24:24). So in addition to the above, we find it necessary to request that our client ministries also provide the following:
- Reimbursement for mileage to our missionaries at the then-current Federal rate (established annually by the IRS) plus 8% to help cover office overhead (this applies only to Hard Hats missionaries, not to our volunteers, who pay their own way completely).
- Reimbursement to the mission for the cost of State labor insurance at the then-current rate plus 8% (in 2007 this amounts to approximately 25 cents per hour for office staff time spent on the project, and about $2.85 per hour for field staff; again this applies only to our missionaries, not to our volunteers).
Finally, we ask that you consider partially supporting your Hard Hats for Christ missionary at whatever level your budget allows, for at least a number of months equal to the number of weeks the missionary spends on your project. This is between you and the Lord, but please know that our missionaries could be earning far better salaries using their gifts and talents out in the workplace. They cheerfully sacrifice to see God's kingdom built up. A workman is worthy of his wages (1 Tim. 5:18). Thank you for considering their ongoing support needs.
SPECIAL NOTES FOR NON-USA PROJECTS
We'll probably not be sending RV's to your out-of-the-USA project! We ask that you provide room and board for our missionaries and volunteers. We realize many short term groups pay all of their own expenses, including reimbursing their hosts for room and board. Our volunteers pay their own travel and incidental expenses. However, we typically
send skilled or mostly
skilled workers, not unskilled tourists or youth groups. A workman is worthy of his hire – or at least his or her room and board at a reasonable local level of comfort. Our missionaries operate on minimum support, and round trip tickets for a husband and wife team to an overseas project are often simply out of the budget. Therefore, we ask the client ministry to cover at least half the cost of travel to and from the project for our Hard Hats missionary. Phone/Internet service is desired, not required.
WHEN CAN YOU EXPECT ASSISTANCE FROM
HARD HATS FOR CHRIST?
- After reviewing your completed application we will let you know if we intend to list your project as one we prayerfully hope to assist. We receive many more requests for help than we can respond to, and although we are often disappointed that we cannot be involved in every worthy project, it is also a joy to watch God put together the team to do His work, and to watch Him supply every need. Because we must schedule around limited staffing and other project commitments, it is not always possible to guarantee a definite date when our team will arrive. But God's timing is always perfect.
- Except for consultation visits, design help, and the like, we cannot mobilize workers for a project until the client ministry has all necessary drawings, permits, and insurance in hand, and telephone/Internet access is available on-site.
Now that you know a little more about what to expect from CWCf and what we might expect from you, feel free to complete an Application for Construction Assistance. By submitting an application you acknowledge that you have read and understand the above information. If you have further questions, please feel free to e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click the following link for an application form, which will be in the form of a .rtf document. Simply type in your contact information and other required responses. Save the document on your computer, and e-mail it as an attachment to the address above, or print it out and send it via regular mail to PO Box 636, Kelso, WA 98626, United States of America.
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for assistance, explaining your project, what help you are seeking, and
the timeframe for your project.
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see if we can help.
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