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.

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.

This site will host Combined groups Weeks 1 and 2, Middle School only groups Week 3, and High School only groups Weeks 4 – 6.

Learn More About SSP in Chiloquin

Service Work

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.

195 youth and 54 adult counselors spent a week serving in Chiloquin, Oregon last summer. Together their work resulted in new friendships and community built each week, and home repair projects including:

  • A new wheelchair ramp
  • 5 sets of stairs
  • 2 porches
  • 4 homes painted
  • A new fence
  • Roof replacement for our generous host facility, Chiloquin United Methodist Church

Request Work

Residents of Chiloquin, OR are encouraged to apply for services. Please note that it is not possible to complete all requested work due to time, budget and volunteer limitations.

In order to receive our services you must:

  • Complete a Home Repair Work Request. If you would rather have a hard copy mailed to you, please call (916) 488-6441 or email Megan Walsh.
  • Own your home
  • We are unable to do any work within mobile home parks
    • However, if you live in a mobile or modular home that is NOT within a park, you are welcome to apply for services.

 

Chiloquin United Methodist Church

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.

Mailing Address

Send letters and care packages to youth, counselors, and even staff! Please only mail through USPS. Check delivery times with your local Post Office before mailing as this location is quite remote and packages may take some time to arrive.

First & Last Name
Sierra Service Project
General Delivery
Chiloquin, OR 97624

Emergency Phone Number

To reach the Chiloquin site in case of emergency, or if you are a liaison for your group call:

541-783-2597

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High School Sessions

The fee for high school sessions in Chiloquin is $365 per youth and adult volunteer.

  • Week 1: July 2 – July 8
  • Week 2: July 9 – July 15
  • Week 3: July 16 – July 22

Middle School Session

The fee for middle school sessions in Chiloquin is $335 per youth and adult volunteer.

  • Week 4: July 23 – 28

Combined Middle and High School Sessions

The fee for combined sessions in Chiloquin is $365 per youth and adult volunteer.

  • Week 5: July 30 – August 5
  • Week 6: August 6 – 12

Climate

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.

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.

Study Guide

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.

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2017 Staff in Chiloquin

Each site location is staffed by team of mature young adults. They are trained and present at the site for the entire summer, working with the community to provide quality service opportunities.

Site Director: Ryan Cernik

Spiritual Life Coordinator: Susie Shelton

Food Service Coordinators: Jocelyn Hart and Joseph Makunga

Supply Coordinators: Lea Le Rouzo and Megan Roach

Home Repair Coordinator: Siani Beck

Learn more about SSP’s young adult staff.

Summer Locations: Spokane | Tsaile | San Diego | Smith River | Chiloquin