Project/Focus: Work Retreats September through May are involved in service projects on Good Works' properties and in the community. 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. The scheduling of these depends on how long a group is with us. For One-Day and Overnight Work Retreats, we will do an educational devotional and brief orientation, as time allows.
Time: Work retreats September - May: One day Work Retreats are scheduled 8:15-4:00. 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 (12) 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 - $150 deposit; $20 per person per night
Summer Service - $3,000 for a group of 15.
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Contact: Jason Bricker-Thompson
P.O. Box 157
Hiram, OH 44234
Hiram Farm: Offers volunteer groups access to housing on Hiram College’s campus and coordination of volunteer service at Hiram Farm and with area non-profits.
Project/Focus: Volunteers will be scheduled work primarily at Hiram Farm (organic farm serving adults w-autism), but may also volunteer with one of our other community non-profit partner agencies: 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; or the Cleveland Christian Home (serves youth struggling with mental illness, abuse and neglect).
Educational/Advocacy Components: Day and evening education and reflection programs may be available with a College staff member upon request.
Time: Weekend and week-long 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.
Washington United Church of Christ (Cincinnati)
Contact: Rev. Pam DeFusco
2950 Sidney Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45225
Phone: 859.630.7789* (Cell)
Phone: 513.541.7757 Box 6
Cell Phone: 859.630.7789
Web site: www.washingtonucc.org
Washington UCC, vision seeks 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, sharing food and love with homeless and community people and working with neighborhood children and elders.
Educational/Advocacy Components: Evening worship services are geared toward recognizing service, teaching about the neighborhood and reflecting on shared experiences.
Time: Any age group year-round. Intensive opportunities during 8 weeks of summer, working with elementary aged children in day program and educational and worship opportunities in evening. Opportunities for fun built in as well.
Group Size: 10 to 35. Negotiable.
Minimum Age: No minimum age, but junior and senior high school and adult age preferred. Inter-generational groups also.
Adult to Youth Ratio: Senior High youth - 1:5; Junior High youth – 1:3 - Negotiable
Accommodations: Housing in church guesthouse and apartments with bunks. Full kitchen, dining, and shower facilities provided. Meals included in cost or food may be brought with group or meals eaten out (and deducted from cost). Summer evening meals are cooked by work group. Tuesday Evening meal prepared by group and served to the community.
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. Call Pastor Pam with questions.
Contact: Melissa Blyth
150 East North St
Wooster, Ohio 44691
Trinity is located in Wooster Ohio which is the seat of Wayne County. It is approximately 50 miles South, South West of Cleveland and 35 miles South West of Akron. Trinity hosts a free hot, healthy breakfast, five days a week for the community. We serve an average of 65 people per day. The program requires 100 volunteer hours each week. 18,000 meals were served in 2015.
Projects/Focus: Volunteer groups will begin each day by working with Trinity volunteers preparing and serving our Breakfast Program. Following breakfast they will have the opportunity to work with one of several community organizations including MOCA House (a local mental health drop in center), People to People Ministries (a local food pantry), Salvation Army, Boys and Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity, Community Gardens, STEPS (Substance Abuse Treatment, Education and Prevention Services), Every Women’s House (Domestic Violence Shelter, Advocacy and Education Center), Friendship Meals, and the Wilderness Center.
Educational/Advocacy Components: Educational components can be arranged on a variety of issues based on the interests of the work group. Because the church hosts a number of 12 step programs, serve a morning breakfast program, and connect people to social services in the community such as the mental health drop in center, ecumenical connections, and service agencies in town and the College of Wooster, a variety of related presentations and direct conversations can be provided on: Addiction, Poverty, Homelessness, Community Organizing, Mental Health Networks, Environmental Issues and the Amish and Mennonite communities. These would be led by church members or staff, ecumenical partners or participants in these programs programs
Time: Monday through Saturday opportunities available all year. Application deadline is 4 weeks prior to the event.
Group Size: 20 people maximum
Minimum Age: 13 years
Adult to Youth Ratio: 1:5
Accommodations: Mission volunteers are housed on the third floor of the church’s education building with a total of 40 beds (4 rooms of 5 bunks each). There are two restrooms each with one shower, two toilets and two sinks. A gathering room has a sink, microwave and refrigerator. Volunteers will need to bring their own bedding and toiletries.
Cost: $200 per person per week. Includes lodging, Monday-Friday breakfast and packed lunch and 2 evening meals