Welcome to Sierra Service Project

Sierra Service Project's (SSP) mission is:
"Building faith and strengthening communities through service to others."

We are an independent, interdenominational Christian 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization affiliated with the United Methodist Church.

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ChiloquinExplore Communities, Faith and Serve Others Next Summer: 2015 Registration Now Available

The summer of 2014 was an amazing summer of service! If your group was among the 1,816 participants, thank you for your hard work and for being part of this transformational experience.

We are announcing seven site locations and expanding new programs across all of the sites. Two of the sites are located in Native American communities, two in rural communities, and three in urban communities.

Download the 2015 Summer Information Packet.

2015 Domestic Summer Programs:

Priority registration is open now through November 15th. Group placement will be confirmed by the end of November as it has in the past. After that date, groups may register where space is available. If you would like to reserve an entire week for your youth group or district/conference, please contact us now to register 55-70 participants.

We have allocated $40,000 towards our Scholarship Fund this year with the goal of making the SSP experience affordable to all. Our commitment is that no youth should be excluded from participating due to lack of money. Download the 2015 Group Scholarship Application Form which is due by January 15 to receive priority.

MySSP Log In

If you are your group's liaison, click the button on the left to log into MySSP. You can sign your group up for programs, or enter roster information and make payments for programs you are already registered for.

New Church Log In Request

If you are a new group or new liaison to SSP, click the button on the left and fill out the form so that we can set you up with a log in.


2015 Summer Program Schedule

This year we are offering three different types of programs, with varying costs and session lengths. Please call us if you have any questions about our program schedule!

High School Program | Middle School Program | Combined Program | Individual Program


Leadership AcademyAnnouncing the SSP Leadership Academy

The SSP Leadership Academy is an exciting and high-impact training program for experienced SSP staff members. All former employees who are planning to work for SSP in 2015 are invited and encouraged to apply for the SSP Leadership Academy. Eight participants will be accepted to participate in two all-expenses-paid, weekend sessions led by two professional, paid mentors.

Dates:

February 13-15, 2015
March 20-22, 2015

Highlights of the program:

  • Participants will develop real-world, transferable leadership skills
  • The Academy is completely free, including airfare, meals and housing
  • Available only to staff alumni who plan to work for SSP in 2015
  • Program graduates are guaranteed a summer staff position in 2015

Download the information sheet for more details.

The Academy is a unique opportunity to develop insight into your strengths and increase your leadership skills. If you are prepared to reflect deeply on how your faith will shape your future and your role in the world, we strongly urge you to apply. If interested, complete the application and email it with the requested essays to rickeaton@sierraserviceproject.org by December 15th, 2014.


NicaraguaServe Internationally with SSP in Nicaragua

SSP has a ten-year history of sending teams to learn and serve with the poor in Central America. For the third year, we will be sending teams to serve in Nicaragua. We run this program in partnership with Seeds of Learning (SOL), a nonprofit organization with over twenty years of experience working in Nicaragua. In 2015, we plan to send two teams.

Seeds of Learning is dedicated to improving educational opportunities and outcomes for the poor in rural Nicaragua. A significant portion of the program fee charged by SOL supports their year-round school building, teacher training and scholarship programs. As a volunteer in this program, you will be working alongside members of the local community to build or expand a local school.

Team 1: July 6 – July 16, 2015
Team 2: July 21 – July 30, 2015

Learn more about SSP's program in Nicaragua.

Download the Nicaragua Information Packet.

Registration will be available in early November.


orangeServe Locally in Your Community with SSP:
Weekends of Service During the School Year

This school year marks Sierra Service Project’s fifth year offering Weekends of Service for local youth groups. Over the years we have added new locations and planned a variety of service projects for youth to be involved in their communities – every weekend is unique! From full group service projects planting trees in South LA, and harvesting fruit for the local food bank, to more traditional SSP repair work, each session has its own flavor.

This year we have year-round programs in Phoenix, South Los Angeles, Sacramento, Portland and Vernonia, Oregon!

We are also looking to hire a Regional Coordinator in Sacramento and South Los Angeles. If you are interested in a part time position working with SSP year-round, please email Rick Eaton for more information.

Download the 2015 Weekend Information Packet.

Register now where space is available - first come first served.


Volunteer CoordinatorSSP Hiring Volunteer Coordinator

Sierra Service Project has a challenging opening in our Sacramento offices: Volunteer Coordinator. This is a regular, year-round, 80 percent time position. It comes with medical and dental insurance, paid vacation, and other benefits.

The primary responsibility will be to work directly with the leaders of church teams and other volunteers, to enroll them in SSP's programs and do all of the things necessary to make sure that they have as good an experience with SSP as possible. This person will be responsible for ensuring that SSP meets its annual enrollment goals. We are seeking someone who knows SSP well and is passionate about this organization. Excellent customer service skills are a must, as are outstanding communication skills.

In addition to working with volunteer leaders, this individual will have several other important duties. The individual must be very flexible and able to work as part of a dynamic team.

If interested, please view the complete job description. If you would like to be considered for this position, please send your resume along with a cover letter to Rick Eaton, Executive Director, at rickeaton@sierraserviceproject.org. We will begin reviewing applicants and interviewing immediately, and will accept applications until the position is filled.


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Young Adults are Vital to SSP

SSP offers challenging service opportunities for Campus Ministries throughout the year, serving communities in Nicaragua, Oregon and South Los Angeles. During the summer, teams of young adults learn about social justice and participate in service projects in Nicaragua. Learn more about our projects in Central America.

Campus Ministries also serve during alternative winter and spring breaks at our Oregon and South Los Angeles sites. These weeks include repair projects for the elderly and community centers in need, and social learning about the surrounding communities and city. Learn more about serving with your group on an Alternative Break.

 


 

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