Where SSP Summer Staff Led Me

Where SSP Summer Staff Led Me

By Daisy Winner, Summer Staff 2012-13, from Malibu United Methodist Church

It’s true what they say: non-profit work is tremendously gratifying. The two summers I worked for Sierra Service Project were some of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever had.

Equally as beneficial as those experiences, are the invaluable skills that I can now apply to my career today. I work for an international non-profit working in global health based in Boston, Massachusetts, and I would not be at such an organization now without my time as a staff member.

During my time on staff, I often took on the tasks of the other jobs on our team. This flexibility and affability are great tools I use to deal with the daily variation of my current job.

While incredibly fun and rewarding, my summers on staff were also very challenging. I was often presented with problems that I had never tackled before, but I quickly developed the tact and creativity to solve them. My competency and efficiency to overcome complications and obstacles is essential to my work today.

I have no doubt that my time on staff has been an integral part of where I am now. It has led me to pursue a career and life dedicated to service and improving the lives of others. But not only has it inspired me to serve others, it has given me the skills and the knowledge to do so with flexibility, creativity, and professionalism.

Editor’s Note: Daisy worked as a Cook and Construction Coordinator in 2012 and 2013. Staff job descriptions, application due dates, and more can be found on our website.

2015 Off to a Great Start

2015 Off to a Great Start

Many thanks to the 115 donors who helped SSP close out the 2014 calendar year strong by giving in the month of December. We hope to make you proud in the coming year of your decision to support SSP.

Also in December, six Site Directors were selected to lead our summer sites. We are hiring 36 additional young adults for our summer staff. If you know of a young adult who would make a great addition to one of our summer staff teams, please forward them this email and encourage them to apply. Application deadlines are January 26 for Spiritual Life and Home Repair Coordinators, and February 9 for Food Service, Supply, and Construction Coordinators. Learn more about being on Summer Staff or email Megan Walsh with questions.

1975-2015: SSP Turns 40

1975-2015: SSP Turns 40

SSP has officially begun its 40th year of serving youth and young adults. We will have special celebrations in 2015 to mark this milestone. Watch for special emails and like our Facebook page to receive your invitations. We look forward to celebrating with all of you!

As 2014 comes to a close, please consider giving SSP a jump start into 2015 by making a tax-deductible year-end gift online or by sending a check in the mail.

Merry Christmas!

From all of us in the SSP office, we want to express our sincere gratitude to all of you in the SSP community. Without your hands, prayers, and gifts, these past 40 years would not have happened. We wish you and your family a happy, safe, and love-filled Christmas, and a splendid New Year.


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  • SSPers in SoCal: have you been waiting for an SSP meet-up near you? Join the 2019 Site Directors, office staff, and volunteers next Friday December 14 for one of two meet-ups in West Los Angeles! The first is coffee hour for volunteers and group leaders at @westwoodumcla from 9:30-11:30am. The second is a staff interest dinner, for staff alumni, SITs, and graduated youth. You can see more details and RSVP on SSP’s Facebook event page (link in bio). DM us with any questions!
  • "Seeing God’s work in action proved to me that good exists in this world of hurt; it just needs to be facilitated; igniting a new hope in me." Read Andrea Maniti's story about how serving with SSP changed her view on what it means to have faith: SierraServiceProject.org/Andrea
  • "SSP reminds me to always find grace, know God is always with me, remember how blessed I am, and to always be thankful." Read Emma Healy's story about how SSP has inspired her to bring SSP to her own community: SierraServiceProject.org/emma

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