Each year, First UMC sends a Youth Service Project team for one week to travel and engage in service and mission with struggling communities around the United States.
This year we will work with Appalachia Service Project in the Appalachia Mountains at the border of North Carolina and Tennessee. Their mission is to be a “Christian ministry, open to all people, that inspires hope and service through volunteer home repair in Central Appalachia. Our vision is to see substandard housing eradicated and everyone who comes into contact with our ministry transformed.”
Where: Avery, NC – Appalachia Mountains (border of North Carolina and Tennessee)
Who: Youth who have completed 8th grade – Graduated Seniors
When: July 15-24, 2017
What: We will be working to repair homes in a small rural Appalachian community for people with limited financial resources.
Why: Jesus tells us that we are called to love others and to be a light for the world, through our service work we spread hope, love and embody God’s grace.
Save the Date: YSP Silent Auction/Fundraiser: Sunday June 25, 6 p.m.
To join the next team or to learn more contact Tricia Lindley or fill out the form below.
Past Youth Service Project Trip
In the summer of 2016, First UMC proudly sent a team of 13 youth and 4 adults to Smith River, CA., working with the Sierra Service Project. This program has been active for many years helping to repair homes on Native American Reservations. Smith River is a small town where most of the people are from the Tolowa Tribe. Native American communities have a large percentage of people who live below the poverty line.
First UMC Youth Service Project to Smith River, CA
Sierra Service Project 2016
Video by Adam Guerrero
Music: “Step Out” by José González
Check out this Focus On with reflections from several of the 2015 volunteers: