Ohio

Good Works, Inc. (Athens)


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Contact: Paul Richard, Director of Operations Good Works, Inc.
P.O. Box 4
Athens, OH 45701-0004
E-mail:
goodworks@good-works.net
Phone: 740.594.3336
Web site:
www.good-works.net 

Project/Focus: Work Retreats September through May are involved in service projects on Good Works properties and in the community. The Summer Service runs June through August each year, providing groups with intensive discipleship, educational service initiatives and relational opportunities with people struggling with poverty.

Educational/Advocacy Components:  Each group will get an orientation after they arrive and we lead a morning devotional/education time that focuses on issues of poverty and the Good Works Philosophy of Ministry.  The Executive Director will also do a presentation talk with each group.  During the rest of the year it depends on how long a group is with us.  We will do an educational devotional and brief orientation, as time allows.

Time:  Work retreats September - May:   One day camps are scheduled 8:30-12:00 or 8:30-4:00.  Weekend, Week-Long; Summer Service June - August:  Arrive Sunday 7:00, leave Saturday 10:00.

Groups Size:  Groups from 5 to 30 depending on the service project and season.

Minimum Age: Junior High and older

Adult to Youth Ratio: 1:4

Accommodations: Groups stay in two large rooms in Hannah House (transitional housing facility). 

Groups supply their own bedding and food.  Kitchen and pantry facilities are available.

Cost: Work Retreat Requested Donations:

One-Day - none requested but always welcome.
Weekend - $100 deposit; $20 per person per night
Week-Long - $15 deposit; $20 per person per night
Summer Service - $3,000 for a group of 15. 

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  Hiram College (Hiram)


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Contact: Jason Bricker-Thompson
   P.O. Box 67
   Hiram, OH 44234
E-mail:  brickerja@hiram.edu
Website:  http://www.hiram.edu/civic-engagement/summer-service-experience
Phone:  330.569.5234
Fax:  330.569.5183

Hiram College:  Offers volunteer groups access to housing, Hiram’s campus, and coordination of volunteer service with area non-profits.

Project/Focus:  Volunteers will be scheduled work at one or more of Hiram College’s non-profit community partners which might include: Hiram Farm (organic farm serving adults w– autism); Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary (serving abused and neglected farm animals); Hiram College’s 500 acre field station (land conservation); the Little Village Early Learning Center; the Cleveland Christian Home (serves youth struggling with mental illness, abuse and neglect) or another agency.

Educational/Advocacy Components:  Day and evening education and reflection programs may be available with a College staff member upon request.

Time:  Weekend and weeklong groups:  June - July

Group Size:  Maximum 20 people.

Minimum Age:  There is no minimal age requirement, but some of our partner agencies do have requirements so your volunteer service program will be crafted to your group demographics—ask for details.

Adult to Youth Ratio:  1:8

Accommodations:  College dorm facilities are available.  There is no AC available at the college.  Programming space is available adjacent to the church kitchen most evenings.  Food is not included, but a large kitchen space and dining room is available for breakfasts and dinners.  Groceries can be brought or purchased locally to store in the fridge.

Cost:  $30/per person per night total. 

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Washington United Church of Christ (Cincinnati) 


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Contact: Rev. Pam DeFusco
             2950 Sidney Avenue
             Cincinnati, OH 45225
Phone:  859.630.7789* (Cell)
E-Mail:  revpamdefusco@aol.com
    Washington UCC 
Phone:  513.541.7757 Box 6
Fax:  513.541.7579
Web site: 
www.washingtonucc.org

Washington UCC, with neighbors in the area of Cincinnati seek to create a community that is a safe and clean, where people have enough food, decent housing opportunities for education and work, and live in an environment that nurtures all families. Washington United Church of Christ's mission is to help make that vision reality by doing what Jesus taught - to minister together with our neighbors in ways that improve lives physically, emotionally and spiritually.  

Project/Focus: Mission trips are experiences of worship and service. Experiences include simple construction, maintenance, street feasts, and work with neighborhood children and elders.

Educational/Advocacy Components:  Evening worship services are geared toward teaching about the neighborhood and reflecting on shared experiences.

Time: Any age group year-round.  Intensive opportunities during 9 weeks of summer.

Group Size: 10 to 35.  Negotiable.

Minimum Age: No minimum age, but junior and senior high school and adult age preferred. 

Adult to Youth Ratio: Senior High youth - 1:5; Junior High youth – 1:3

Accommodations: Housing in church guesthouse and apartments with bunks. Full kitchen, dining, and shower facilities provided.  Meals included in cost.  Summer evening meals are cooked by work group.

Cost: $35 per person for weekend groups;  $200 per person for weeklong groups. As groups express interest, they are mailed information. Reservations are secured by submitting a deposit ($50 per person for weeklong camp;  no deposit for weekend groups).  Sign up early for summer to assure availability.

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Rev. Mary Schaller Blaufuss
Team Leader, Global Sharing of Resources
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland,Ohio 44115
216-736-3214
blaufusm@ucc.org