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.  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

Phone: 215.922.4566
Fax: 215.922.6366
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.

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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The Pittsburgh Project (Pittsburgh)

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Contact: The Pittsburgh Project       
   2801 North Charles Street
   Pittsburgh, PA 15214-3110
Phone: 412.321.1678
Fax: 412.321.3813
Web site:

The Pittsburgh Project seeks to develop servant leaders and uphold the dignity of vulnerable homeowners.  It coordinates after school and summer programs for urban young people and performs home repairs for Pittsburgh's elderly homeowners.  The Pittsburgh Project spearheads economic development and job training efforts in surrounding neighborhoods.

Project/Focus:  Crazy cobblestone streets and soaring steel bridges connect neighborhoods dotted with elderly, isolated residents who need help now.  Your group will spend time rebuilding their homes.  You'll bear witness to God's great love and you'll see God in action throughout your visit.  

Educational/Advocacy Components:  Staff provides nightly programming, worship and music, initiative games, small group leadership, meals, and work assignments.  Staff leads discussion groups in which teams learn about the city, learn about the homeowners they are serving, and brainstorm strategic action that they might take once they return home, to serve their own neighborhoods and cities. 

Time:  One-day, weekend, and week long camp sessions scheduled throughout the summer and school year.

Group Size: Up to 280 total participants for week long trips or weekends; group size varies from under 5 to 80 people per group.

Minimum Age:  Some camps are for junior high students (grades 7-9); some are for senior high students (grades 9-12); some are combined junior/senior high, and others are collegians, adults or families (minimum age of children is 10 years).

Adult to Youth Ratio: 1:5

Conditions:  Meals, lodging, construction materials, and tools provided.  Pittsburgh Project establishes contact with homeowners, set up the work sites ahead of time, and provide technical guidance on site.  Staff members train participants in safety guidelines and lead nightly worship.  Group provides vehicles and adult (21+) work site leaders.

Cost:  One day camp ($30 per person); weekend camp ($110 per person); spring break camp ($250 per person); summer camp ($290-$380 per person); custom trip (price varies).

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