Every summer, Chiloquin, Oregon witnesses miracles. Houses have paint for the first time in years. Fences, down and leaning for decades, are standing straight and tall. Elderly and disabled people can get wheelchairs out of their houses because SSP has constructed a ramp. The little miracles have piled up for five years now, and with those miracles, hope has come to the community. Continue Reading
This will be our sixth summer in a row serving in the Chiloquin community. Our work here is open to all community members. Based on the 2010 census, 734 people live in Chiloquin. Over 33% of the families in Chiloquin live below the poverty line. Read about the change in Chiloquin since 2013 from the perspective of a community liaison.
Members from the Klamath Tribes primarily live in the small town of Chiloquin, 30 miles north of the city of Klamath Falls. The Klamath Tribes include Klamath, Modoc, and Yahooskin. Our services are open to the entire community.
Service in Chiloquin
For the most part, we work on the homes in the communities we serve. The type of work includes roofing, building wheelchair ramps and porches, painting and other general home repairs. No construction experience is needed, and you’ll be amazed at all of the work that your youth teams complete!
Occasionally, our teams work on churches, community buildings, and schools in the communities that host us. In addition, we will sometimes participate in other types of community service activities like community gardens when there is a need and the work is appropriate for youth work teams.
Most projects take longer to complete than your week at SSP so you may see the beginning, middle or end of a project.
In 2017 youth completed 20 projects for homeowners and community organizations:
- 1 roof replacement
- 1 awning
- 4 porches
- 5 sets of stairs
- 6 painting projects
Learn About Chiloquin
Download the detailed SSP Chiloquin Study Guide and Understanding Reservations Guide to help your group learn about the community and get more out of your SSP experience. We suggest that you download the study guide, share with your group and discuss the materials during a planning meeting.
Follow local news: Klamath Falls Herald and News
- July 30, 2015: Looking through the lens of hope: Volunteers help build, touch up Chiloquin
- July 11, 2014: Youth volunteers working under the Sierra Service Project
- August 9, 2013: Sierra Service Project helps the community of Chiloquin
Host Facilities in Chiloquin
As part of a long-term relationship, SSP will be hosted at the Chiloquin United Methodist Church for meals and will be housed and have program at the school gym across the street.
Meals will be prepared in the parsonage and eating will be outside. Volunteers will sleep in the school gym which also has showers.
Directions to Chiloquin United Methodist Church
To get to Chiloquin, consult Google maps or a similar mapping service to find the best route for your group.
Chiloquin United Methodist Church
204 South 4th Street
Chiloquin, OR 97624
From Highway 97:
From the South, take OR-422 W/Chiloquin Boulevard. Turn right on W Chocktoot St, turn right on S 1st Ave, and take first left onto E Schonchin St. The church will be on the right on the corner of 4th after the park.
From the North, take exit 247 toward Chiloquin. Turn left on OR-422 W/Chiloquin Boulevard. Continue onto W Chocktoot St, turn right on S 1st Ave, and take first left onto E Schonchin St. The church will be on the right on the corner of 4th after the park.
The average high during the summer is 85°F and low is 40°F. The elevation in Chiloquin is 4,200 feet.
During Adventure Wednesday, everyone serves together at Collier Memorial State Park. Teams clear brush to prevent forest fires which is a major concern to the area. In the afternoon, we relax by the river and enjoy a BBQ dinner.
Thursday evening program is off site. Weather permitting, everyone drives to an overlook above Upper Klamath Lake with a great view of the sunset behind Mt. McLoughlin. This is a special time of personal reflection.
2018 Chiloquin Dates
Combined Middle and High School Sessions
The fee for combined sessions in Chiloquin is $375 per youth and adult volunteer.
- Week 1: July 1 – 7
- Week 2: July 8 – July 14
Middle School Session
The fee for the middle school session in Chiloquin is $325 per youth and adult volunteer.
- Week 3: July 15-20
High School Sessions
The fee for high school sessions in Chiloquin is $375 per youth and adult volunteer.
- Week 4: July 22 – July 27
- Week 5: July 29 – August 4
- Week 6: August 5 – August 11
Stories from Chiloquin
When I arrived in Chiloquin, it was like greeting an old friend. I had been there before as a volunteer two years prior. It felt so familiar, yet so different. You could see the amount of improvement over the two years, and I was thrilled I could be a part of that again. Continue Reading
By Rick Eaton Executive Director of Sierra Service Project The town of Chiloquin, Oregon (population: about 700) was once a bustling lumber town. Today, its economic base is gone, dozens of houses are boarded up or empty, unemployment is the norm, and drug and alcohol abuse are major problems. Youth lack after school activities and […] Continue Reading