City Mission Society of Boston, the second oldest mission agency in the US, is a UCC affiliated agency. Through Boston Urban Outreach, we are prepared to offer mission opportunities to groups. Service opportunities can include a variety of worksites serving with homeless population, vacation Bible school programs, feeding and clothing ministries.
Project/Focus: Service sites vary depending upon the current needs of the partner agencies. Service possibilities include feeding ministries, sorting clothes, packing food, urban gardening, painting or cleaning projects. The goal is to introduce volunteers to a "ministry of presence" in order to develop relationship with underserved populations.
Educational/Advocacy Components: Boston is a center of Congregational History. We can provide a walking tour to rediscover these roots. For additional fees, daily reflections can be provided by staff. We also can make arrangements for specialized programs with speakers available to share their firsthand eperiences about life in prison or life as a homless person. Call us to customize a program for you group.
Group Size: 10 minimum; 50 maximum
Minimum Age: Junior high. Recommended for youth and adult groups.
Adult to Youth Ratio: 1:5
Conditions: Group are housed at an inner city UCC churches within the Greater Boston area. Showers are available. Groups provide their own food. Fully equipped kitchens at each lodging sites.
Cost: $225 per person program fee for arrangement of worksites, orientation, directions, lodging for five nights and one evening program. Optional programs are available at additional costs.
Heifer Farm is one of the three learning centers operated by Heifer, International, a global non-profit committed to working with communities in need around the world to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. Heifer's learning centers provide experiential education that inspires, challenges and engages people to join with Heifer's mission and take action.
Project/Focus: The amount and length of service activities vary by program and primarily focus on assisting with daily chores on the farm such as gardening, working with livestock and helping with farm maintenance. The service helps maintain the Learning Center so that it remains an active Heifer International community.
Educational/Advocacy Components: Heifer's Learning Centers offer programs that combine experiential learning with service activities. For details please ask for the program pre-trip packet.
Time: We offer 1-night, 2-night or 4-night programs
Group Size: Minimum: none; Maximum: 48 people (May - October) & 16 people (off-peak)
Minimum Age: 6th grade & up or ages 11 and up.
Adult to Youth Ratio: 1:7
Conditions: Lodging is provided in either dorm-style bunkrooms with modern restroom, shower and electricity or in platform tents with cots and electricity with nearby modern restrooms and showers. Freshly prepared meals are served buffet-style. Lunch and dinner include farm-based products reflecting our commitments to sustainability, self-reliance, nutrition and improving the environment.
Cost: Tuition fees vary per program and include programming, lodging and meals.