Thank you to our supporters and participants who made 2020 an unforgettable year.
We look forward to exploring our mission in new ways in 2021. Be well!

– Sierra Service Project Headquarters Staff

Sierra Service Project (SSP) is an ecumenical Christian nonprofit organization, providing life-changing service projects in low-income communities. This summer, we invited high school, middle school, young adult and intergenerational participants to join our young adult summer staff in exploring faith, building bridges between communities, and having fun right where we were. Learn more about our 2020 summer theme, Grounded.

Meet the SSP team, learn about our 45 year history working with young people and communities across the western US, and our theology.

Explore. Build. Grow.

2025 Vision for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at SSP

As we celebrate a challenging but successful 2020, we’re also looking ahead – not just to 2021, but to ongoing efforts toward making SSP a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive space for all our participants and community partners.

With our board of directors, we have laid out a comprehensive five-year vision, with goals pertaining to staff and volunteer training, restorative practices, representation in our leadership, and more.

“By having a diverse community of participants and leaders, communities are made stronger and individuals are empowered to live out their faith as agents of change for hope.”

– Excerpt from our 2025 Vision for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at SSP

To make steps towards making our vision a reality by 2025, our 50th year of service, we need your input now! Anyone in the SSP community is invited to share feedback on our diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts. Whether a volunteer, staff, parent, homeowner, community partner, donor, alum, board member, or connected to SSP in some other way, we’d like to hear from you. Please complete the DEI survey by January 1, 2021.

December's ZZP sticker designed by a youth!

ZZP with SSP

Join the Youth Advisory Council at ZZP to meet new friends and finish 2020 on a high note! Our third online free monthly gathering for youth, led by youth, will take place Wednesday, December 30, from 3:30 to 4:30pm Pacific. Each participant will get a seasonal SSP sticker and a chance to win a $20 coupon to SSP’s online store. Register now for details.

Help Us Build Up Youth and Community!

With new 2021 programs on the horizon, SSP is preparing to make an impact in changing ways. This requires taking risks and a lot of faith, but we believe connection is critical right now: for youth, young adults, and our community partners. This winter, our goal is to raise $30,000 to kick these new programs off, reimagining what is possible. We are over halfway to our goal as of December 22!

With your donation, you can support:

  • A youth’s service on the new Youth Advisory Council
  • A youth’s participation in ZZP for one year – free monthly gatherings
  • A Leadership Academy fellow – young adult development
  • A subcontracted home repair in Sacramento – while volunteer days are paused
  • Investments in innovation – partner with us in 2021!

In order to pivot to meet the needs of our constituents in 2021, we need the continued investment of our generous donor community. Please consider including SSP in your year-end giving to fortify and invest in our ongoing community partnerships.

Is your love language gift-giving?

SSP’s online store is a great place to find gifts for anyone in your life who loves building youth and community. We’re excited to share our newest item – a knit cap with a leather patch for cool weather ahead. Snag yours for just $30!

All proceeds from the online store support our programs and make a difference in our ability to build youth and community. Use coupon code DECEMBER10 for 10% off your order.

2020 Annual Newsletter

We just published our 2020 Newsletter, highlighting 12 stories from youth, community partners, staff, and board members. Request a hard copy to land in your mailbox!

Inside the Margins: SSP E-News

Email us if you have a story to share with the SSP community! Inside the Margins is published the first Wednesday of the month. Here are our most recent newsletters:

SSP Blog

Spiritual Sandwiches are published every week that you can use to discuss with your loved ones and faith communities, written by SSP staff over the ages. We invite you to share in fellowship and reflection on these questions with family, friends, in person at home, or over video chat with your faith community!

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Summer Program:
High School & Middle School Youth, Integenerational Teams


Weekends of Service:
High School & Middle School

Weekend of Service

Alternative Breaks:
College Groups

Summer Staff:
Young Adults

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High School Graduates

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