Winter and Spring Breaks
Sierra Service Project offers customized programs for middle school and high school youth groups, college groups and intergenerational teams at our Sacramento and Portland site locations throughout the school year.
Every year SSP hosts a wide range of groups for programs that fit the group’s needs and interests. Groups have come from Virginia, Wyoming, Washington, Arizona, Southern California, and everywhere in between over the years since this program began in 2006. Types of groups have included:
- Alternative Spring Break programs for college ministry and secular groups
- College freshman introduction sessions for secular groups
- Intergenerational church teams ranging in age from 16 to 80
- Combined middle school and high school youth group winter and spring break sessions
- Anything else you can dream of – we can make a schedule and itinerary to fit your team’s needs
These sessions range from long weekends to week-long programs. Common to all sessions are combining challenging community service work with a series of visits, tours and guest speakers aimed to give participants real insight into the dynamic communities where they are serving.
The cost of these programs is around $40 to $60 per person per night.
- Rev. Jeff Lowery of the Sellwood Faith Community is our Regional Coordinator and leads all of our sessions in Portland
- Organizations we may partner with depending on their schedules:
- Dignity Village (adding insulation and drywall or rebuilding stairs and wheelchair ramps)
- Friends of the Carpenter (making WAPIs)
- Bethlehem House of Bread
- Oregon Food Bank
- Saint André Bessette Catholic Church (hospitality room in downtown Portland)
- Blanchett House
- Hard Times Supper at Sunnyside Centenary United Methodist Church (also our host facility).
- Laura Sieling, our Rancho Cordova Program Manager, leads all of our construction work in Sacramento.
- We work in partnership with the City of Rancho Cordova (photos from last year) and the majority of our work is for local low-income homeowners doing exterior carpentry or painting work. We will shift to indoor work with nonprofits if the case of rain.
- We stay at a local church with shower facilities a short drive away
- There will be some service learning activities outside of the Rancho Cordova home repair work focused on Sacramento as the capitol, the edible city and food insecurity in the community, and learning about the work of other nonprofits. We can cater these visits based on your group’s interests. (Photos from a weekend last year, which had similar learning components)
All sessions are scheduled by request. To talk about scheduling your group for dates flexible to your schedule, SSP’s Director of Programs, Megan Walsh by email or calling the office at (916)488-6441.