Pennsylvania

Habitat for Humanity (York)


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Contact: Volunteer Coordinator
   33 South Seward St.
   York, PA 17404
E-mail:
 yhfh@yorkhabitat.org
Website:  www.yorkhabitat.org
Phone: 717.854.6168
Fax:   717.854.1970 

Habitat for Humanity, York works in partnership with God and people from all walks of life to build and renovate houses, so that there are decent houses in decent communities where people can experience God's love and grow into all that God intends.

Project/Focus: York Habitat builds new homes and rehabilitates older homes for those in need. We need help with painting, installing drywall, carpentry work, plumbing, electrical work, roofing, masonry and concrete work, cleaning, and every aspect of home building and renovation. Both skilled labor and fast learners welcome. Work required for all types of projects depending on construction schedule.

Educational/Advocacy Components: Hands-on learning of various construction skills.  Group leaders responsible for own programming.  Habitat for Humanity Youth Advocacy Toolkit related to poverty and affordable housing available.

Time: Year-round.

Group Size: 10-15 people

Minimum Age:  16 years

Adult to Youth Ratio:  1:4

Conditions: Housing is at the Trinity Retreat Center which includes a fully-equipped kitchenette and showers.  Groups bring sleeping bags and prepare their own food. 

Cost: $125 per person for the week.  A $50 deposit is required to reserve the Center.

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Old First Reformed Church (UCC) (Philadelphia)


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Contact: Outreach Coordinator
   151 N. 4th Street
   Philadelphia, PA 19106
E-mail: volunteer@oldfirstucc.org

Phone: 215.922.4566
Fax: 215.922.6366
Web site:
www.oldfirstucc.org 

Old First Reformed UCC welcomes groups for urban-immersion-learning experiences in the city of Philadelphia.

Project/Focus: Service campers learn the challenges facing the city and the joys and rewards of hands-on work in agencies that are making a difference in our city.  Service campers also learn to experience some of what life might be like for our disadvantaged neighbors:  relying on public transportation and sleeping communally in a shelter-like setting.  Service campers volunteer at social service sites including Wellspring's own homeless shelter, food & clothing cupboard as well as other sites across Philadelphia such as the Whosoever Gospel Mission, Sunday Breakfast Mission, MANNA, and Broad Street Ministry.  
   

Educational/Advocacy Components: Volunteer coordinator on-site helps direct group to work projects and assists in reflection on the experience during the week to explore ways to serve in your own community.

Time: Year-round.

Group Size: 15 maximum, November – April; 30 maximum other times of year.

Minimum Age: 12 years

Adult to Youth Ratio:  Prefer the adult to youth ratio to be 1:4

Conditions: Lodging is provided in the church; showers available. Group must bring bedding. Group must provide and prepare own meals. Kitchen and cooking utensils are available. Adult leadership is necessary. Sightseeing and educational opportunities at museums within walking distance of church.

Cost:  Lodging:  Weekend Fee flat rate of $65 per participant.  Week long Fee is flat rate $175 per participant.  (A non-refundable deposit of $175 for weekend camps and $50 per participant for week long camps is necessary to secure dates. This amount will be deducted from the overall cost if the reservation is kept.  Upon cancellation, the deposit will be retained by Old First Reformed Church.)

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 Harvest of Hope (PA Sites)

Contact:   Julie Sykes Kaylor
E-mail: Jsykes@PaOnline.com
Phone: 800.333.4597 or 717.865.9570
Website:  www.endhunger.org

Harvest of Hope is a national gleaning network that educates participants concerning the domestic and global hunger problem with the encouragement to make a lifelong commitment to being part of the solution.

Projects/Focus:  Participants glean nutritious produce from farmers’ fields and orchards after harvest.  This food, instead of being left behind to rot, is delivered to those in need through programs such as local food banks and soup kitchens.  Harvest of Hope is a national gleaning network.

See national office listing in Virginia for more information.

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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