SSP Youth Serve in North Sacramento
February 25, 2015
Over two weekends, January 16 to 18, and February 13 to 15, nearly one hundred volunteers gathered to serve the community of North Sacramento and put their faith into action in 2015. Volunteers from Dixon UMC, Florin UMC, and Patterson Federated were housed with groups from other churches in North Sacramento UMC as part of Sierra Service Project’s (SSP) Weekends of Service program.
This program brings together youth and adults from many different backgrounds to serve as brothers and sisters in Christ in short time spans. With volunteers arriving on Friday evening and departing Sunday afternoon, it seems hard to believe that there is a significant impact being made in the North Sacramento community.
However, in just two weekends, 94 volunteers contributed over 1,000 volunteer hours towards repairing community gardens, maintaining an elderly homeowner’s yard, and painting a local nonprofit. Groups also learned about the positive forces for change in the community including Loaves and Fishes, Harvest Sacramento, and The Grace Network.
More weekends are being scheduled for the fall of 2015.
SSP also has summer service experiences for high school and middle school youth. Spaces are still available for the 2015 summer, including a local site in Stockton. For more information, call (916)488-6441, or log on to www.sierraserviceproject.org about the weekend or summer program.