By Tara Dettmar of the Tolowa Dunes Stewards near Smith River, CA The Tolowa Dunes Stewards (TDS) are a small group of dedicated volunteers and part time employees working to restore and conserve a section of the Northern California coastline. Known regionally as the Tolowa Coast, this land is the aboriginal territory of the Tolowa […] Continue Reading
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.”
Our partners from the Lukachukai Chapter 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 or by simply making a donation to the Lukachukai School Supplies Fund.
At the SSP office we’ll assemble requested items into backpacks, and deliver to our partners. 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.
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, April 29
- Thursday, May 27
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.
Sherri Kirk, Community liaison, North Sacramento, CA I’m Sherri Kirk, a community leader through the Neighborhood Wellness Foundation of Del Paso Heights. As a leader in the Del Paso community, I never thought I would be the one to receive such LOVE! In February, I experienced an amazing gift — the real gift of love, […] Continue Reading
Elvira Litson, Community liaison, The Tsaile-Wheatfields Dineh Water Users My name is Elvira Litson, and I serve multiple positions for a nonprofit organization within my community on the Navajo Nation. The Tsaile-Wheatfields Dineh Water Users (TW-DWU) 501(c)(12) was established to collect operation and maintenance fees from farmers to maintain major irrigation canals to irrigatable farmlands […] Continue Reading