On the Fourth of July, more than 400 teenagers from all over the United States will converge on Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast for a week of repairing the homes of people who otherwise could not afford to have the work done. They will be housed at the school for the week.

With the sponsorship of Swanville Community Church and support from other area churches, the teens, under the supervision of adult volunteers, will repair some 60 homes throughout Waldo County, and will also build wheelchair ramps for those who need them.

The youngsters have not only raised the money to come to Belfast, but have also donated funds for building materials, said community laison Patty Keyes.

According to Keyes, the project has almost reached its fundraising goal to buy materials for the work camp, but could still use additional donations. She said more requests for repairs have been received than the work camp will be able to fulfill during the time the young volunteers are here. However, there are other church groups in the area that can do additional jobs if the materials are available, she said.

The church is having raffles to raise money for the project Saturdays, June 19 and 26 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the flea market in Redman Hall, 153 Main St., Belfast. Several different baskets will be raffled, including a lobster dinner basket, ladies’ basket, local business basket, Avon basket and night at the movies basket. Drawings both days will be at noon.

Donations to the work camp may be made online via credit card or Paypal at swanlakeworkcamp.com, and checks may be made payable to “SCC/Swan Lake Workcamp 2010” and mailed to Swanville Community Church, 15 Town House Road, Swanville, ME 04915. For more information call 518-8603.