Providence Experience (Northwestern Rhode Island)
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Contact: Rhode Island Conference
8 Summer Street
Pawtucket, RI 02860
Web Site: www.ricucc.org
Iron Homestead Camp and Conference Center is the outdoor ministries site of the Rhode Island Conference, United Church of Christ.
Project/Focus: The Providence Experience is an opportunity to work with Human Service Agencies in the greater Providence area. Participants respond to the needs of the individuals and families and the community in which they reside. The staff of the RI Conference, United Church of Christ, will provide you with contact information regarding human service agencies in the greater Providence area and possible volunteer opportunities. Work projects can include: sorting clothes, painting, cleaning, gardening, working with children, and soup lines. Renovation projects at local UCC churches can also be an option.
Educational/Advocacy Components: Groups may spend some time in the Boston/Providence/Cape Cod area on a pilgrimage to some of the roots of the United Church of Christ. Visit Old South Church, the Congregational Library, Freedom Walk and Plymouth Rock. Part of the day can be spent at a work site or historical landmark and the rest spent re-creating or site-seeing. It is possible to provide a new experience each day.
Time: Year Round availability. The service agencies the conference works with can find work for groups whether a day or a week. This is a first come first serve program. Registration deadline is solely determined by the availability of housing at the Rhode Island Conference Camp and Conference Center Lodge.
Group Size: Minimum of 10 persons and maximum of 32.
Minimum Age: Junior high. Family groups welcomed.
Accommodations: Overnight accommodations are in our four-season lodge. Year round amenities include: campfire ring, meditation walk, volleyball, horseshoes, and snow sports (when there is snow). Lodge has 6 four person rooms and 4 two person rooms. 14 twin or twin/full futon bunks and 4 twin size cots insure that 18 persons will not have to climb to the top bunk. In the lodge there are private shower stalls, fully equipped kitchen, large meeting room with fireplace and screened–in porch.
Cost: $125 event fee plus $15 per person per night. These fees cover housing and use of the camp and conference center facilities.
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