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Our partners from the Lukachukai Chapter House of the Navajo Nation invite you to support 300 students who are going to school remotely with limited access to supplies during distance learning. Contribute to the effort throughout March by purchasing from the list of requested items. At the SSP office we'll assemble requested items into backpacks, and deliver to our partners. It costs $60 to purchase items to fill each backpack. SSP has partnered since 2005 with the Lukachukai community, just north of Tsaile, AZ where our site and volunteers have been hosted. We encourage you to share this list with others who are looking for opportunities to serve remotely. Thank you!

Sierra Service Project (SSP) is an ecumenical Christian nonprofit organization. We invite 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 are. Learn about our 2021 summer program. Meet the SSP team, learn about our theology, and our 46 year history working with young people and community partners across the Western US. SSP’s mission is:

“Build faith and strengthen communities through service to others.”

Summer Program Update

In January, we announced SSP’s plans to host a 4-week online summer program, June 28 to July 23. Registration opens March 15 for groups and individuals! Learn more about this and other year-round opportunities on our 2021 programs page.

Online Summer Staff & Staff-in-Training

We are hiring 10 to 12 young adult staff to lead our online summer program, including two new positions: Activities Coordinator and Media Coordinator! We are honoring our employment commitments to 2020 summer staff first. If you have not served on staff before, we invite you to add your name to the waitlist, and apply to be a Staff-in-Training (SIT). If you have served as an SIT before, we encourage you to join us again in 2021 as an SIT, or participate in the online program as a young adult.

Save the Date: Zoom Trivia, April 10 at 5-7pm PDT

SSP’s Alumni Association (SSPAA) is hosting their 2nd trivia fundraiser for SSP. Led by 2020 Site Director Sean Neades of Redlands FUMC, everyone is invited to join in on the fun! RSVP to the Facebook event for details.

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ZZP stickers designed by a youth!

ZZP with SSP

Join the Youth Advisory Council at ZZP to meet new friends! These free monthly gatherings are for youth, led by youth. Each participant will get a seasonal SSP sticker and a chance to win a $20 coupon to SSP’s online store. Register for Zoom details.

“Even though I didn’t know anyone else at ZZP, it was still really fun and I felt like I was a part of the group.”
– 11th grader

“This is the best interaction on Zoom you’ll find.”
– Adult participant

Mark your calendar for upcoming ZZP with SSP gatherings, always the last Thursday of the month from 3 to 4pm Pacific:

  • Thursday, March 25
  • Thursday, April 29
  • Thursday, May 27

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.

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. Sign up to receive monthly news in your inbox. Here are our most recent newsletters:

SSP Blog

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!