2016-07-07 / Front Page

International Workcamp begins fourth decade coming to Newport

NEWPORT – This summer Newport Revite and the Newport School District, in partnership with Volunteers for Peace and several local non-profit organizations will begin a fourth decade of Bringing the World to Newport, an International Workcamp.

“We need your support,” said Larry Flint, co-chairperson of the Newport Revitalization Committee.

Through Volunteers for Peace in Burlington, Newport will again host 8-10 volunteers from Europe and Asia to do good works in the community.

Beginning in 1985, volunteers have come to Newport for a variety of projects that included working with the Recreation Day Camp, cleaning the shores of the Sugar River as it passes along the park on Meadow Road, preparing trails in the Town Forest, and building the original boardwalk.

For the past 12 years, volunteers have helped Newport High School students recover social studies credits from failed history and geography classes.

Now in it 31st year, the workcamp is taking on a new and widely valuable purpose as a Community Interaction experience for both the volunteers and many Newport organizations.

From July 22 through Aug. 6 they will rotate through a variety of local experiences including counselors at the Newport Recreation Day Camp, the Starz Outdoor Experience Camp at Cinnamon Street, art classes at the Library Arts Center and summer reading at the Richards Library.

Volunteers will also help at the Historical Society, inventory for the Willey-Perra Program and help the Newport School District with moving needs as Towle Elementary School is closed.

The International Volunteers will also continue some traditional activities like breakfast with the Revitalization Committee, lunch with the Newport Rotary Club and Newport Senior Center, and pie sales at Concerts on the Common.

“Our responsibilities as a workcamp host community are housing (HST suite at Newport High School), food, which volunteers prepare for themselves, meaningful work, we have plenty, and community interaction,” Flint said.

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