Habitat for Humanity (York)


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Contact: Volunteer Coordinator
   33 South Seward St.
   York, PA 17404
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.  

Time: Year-round.

Group Size: 10 people

Minimum Age:  16 years

Adult to Youth Ratio:  1:5

Conditions: Housing includes a fully-equipped kitchenette and showers.  Groups need to bring sleeping bags and prepare their own food. 

Cost: $200.00 per person for the week.  A $200.00 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

Phone: 215.922.4566
Web site: 

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 is flat rate of $70 per participant and week-long fee is flat rate of $190 per participant. A non-refundable deposit of $200 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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Broad Street Ministry Youth Initiative (Philadelphia)


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Contact: Devin Johns, Coordinator of the Youth Initiative and Alternative Breaks
   315 S. Broad Street
   Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (215)735-4847 ext. 108

Broad Street Ministry (“BSM”) is a broad-minded Christian community that practices radical hospitality and works for a more just world through civic engagement. The services and activities are designed to build trust, foster community and alleviate the suffering of neighbors facing homelessness, hunger and poverty.  

Project/FocusThe Youth Initiative of Broad Street Ministries breaks large volunteer groups into smaller work groups.  Those groups out into the city to serve Philadelphia agencies working in the areas of food justice, housing, HIV/AIDS awareness, urban gardening, and summer neighborhood youth programs. Work sites provide hands-on volunteer projects, including an education component on their addressed issue. The purpose of the group’s experience is education on issues of homelessness, food insecurity and poverty; reflection on mindful and meaningful stewardship; and exploration of how to carry out lifelong discipleship.

Educational/Advocacy Components:  The Youth Initiative provides staff to accompany all participants throughout their volunteer work experiences during the day. Staff lead formal and informal conversations throughout each day to field questions, start conversations, and educate the youth and adult participants on the particular area addressed by their volunteer site. Each work group is given a variety of different work experiences throughout the week in order to introduce and educate on the most areas of justice possible.  Areas covered include LGBTQ issues, food and housing insecurity, addiction, mass incarceration and reentry, mental health, and women’s issues. 

The Youth Initiative also designs a curriculum of evening programming. Youth Initiative staff lead large and small group discussions to link the days’ service to Scripture to identify ways to do justice and love mercy. The curriculum involves large and small group discussion, tactile and creative activities, prayer, and reflective debriefing. Workshops help groups plan how to continue serving their home communities after they have concluded their time with the Youth Initiative.

Time: Summer - 8 one-week periods;  Registration Deadline April 1

Group Size: Minimum group size 5;  Maximum group size: 60

Minimum Age:  11 years

Adult to Youth Ratio:  1 adult for every 4 youth

Accommodations:  Youth Initiative participants sleep at Broad Street Ministry in an air conditioned room on air mattresses or in bunk beds. Showers are provided but are off-site. Meals are included in participation fee.

Cost: Summer (1 week), $430 per person plus a $200 group registration fee. 
Summer (short week) $275 per person plus a $200.00 group registration fee.

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