Welcome to Sierra Service Project

Sierra Service Project's (SSP) mission is:
"Building faith and strengthening communities through service to others."

We are an independent, interdenominational Christian 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization affiliated with the United Methodist Church.

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SSP Stockton on ABC News10

 

SSP volunteers in Stockton week 4 were featured on ABC News10 on July 30, 2014. On Wednesday, the entire group of youth and adult counselors dedicated their morning to a clean-up of Mormon Slough led by local activist Jerron Jordan.

Most of the summer sites have focused their Wednesday mornings on community projects and learning about the local area before spending the afternoon at a water spot.


Day of Service2014 Summer Shirt Design

2014 Summer Shirt design for our "Speak Up" theme based on Proverbs 31:8. Thank you Johnny Fracchiolla, Tsaile Construction Coordinator, for designing the artwork! Feel free to use these graphics for promoting your summer trip to SSP.

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Full color
SSP navy blue version
Black and white version

Extra Shirts:
If your group wants to order extra t-shirts for parents, supporters, or congregation members, there is a link called "Extra Shirts" on the group information page. The cost is $15 per shirt and it will be added to your invoice. Or email Rick Eaton if you are not connected to a group.


SSP Is Hiring: Volunteer Coordinator

Sierra Service Project has a challenging opening in our Sacramento offices to take the place of Meghan Osborn, who after six years of outstanding service, has decided to stay home with her family and new baby. Meghan will be dearly missed!

To replace Meghan, we have created a position called Volunteer Coordinator. This is a regular, year-round, 80 percent time position. It comes with medical and dental insurance, paid vacation, and other benefits.

The primary responsibility will be to work directly with the leaders of church teams and other volunteers, to enroll them in SSP's programs and do all of the things necessary to make sure that they have as good an experience with SSP as possible. This person will be responsible for ensuring that SSP meets its annual enrollment goals. We are seeking someone who knows SSP well and is passionate about this organization. Excellent customer service skills are a must, as are outstanding communication skills.

In addition to working with volunteer leaders, this individual will have several other important duties. The individual must be very flexible and able to work as part of a dynamic team.

If interested, please view the complete job description. If you would like to be considered for this position, please send your resume along with a cover letter to Rick Eaton, Executive Director, at rickeaton@sierraserviceproject.org. We will begin reviewing applicants and interviewing immediately, and will accept applications until the position is filled.


Individual Youth Can Now Sign-up for SSP

If you are not part of a youth group or church, you can still be a part of Sierra Service Project! This is new to SSP for the summer of 2014. Most youth who participate at SSP are part of a youth group, but we want the SSP experience to be accessible to all youth. We want all youth to have the same incredible experience of learning, making new friends, worship and service that SSP participants have.

If you are interested in learning more about participating in Sierra Service Project this summer, call our office now at 916-488-6441. We will answer all of your questions and, if you decide that this is an experience you want to have, we will get you started on the registration process. The cost per person is $335 for the week.

Learn more about Individual Youth at SSP

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ChiloquinIt's not too early to be thinking about Summer 2015!

Church youth groups from all over the western states travel to one of the summer sites for an unforgettable week of serving, learning, worship and fellowship. We do repair work on primarily homes in the communities we serve. The type of work ranges from roofing and building wheelchair ramps to drywall repairs and painting. No construction experience is needed, but you’ll be amazed at all of the work that our youth teams complete. Learn more about SSP's Summer Program.

We are planning to pilot an urban summer program in San Diego for Summer 2015.

We also offer Weekends of Service throughout the school year in Los Angeles, Sacramento and Portland for mixed middle and high school youth groups. Alternative Breaks are held in Portland and Los Angeles for college and high school groups. These opportunities allow young people to grow in their faith through serving with others and learning about the communities they are serving in.

If you would like to reserve an entire week for your youth group or district/conference, please contact us now to register 55-70 participants.

MySSP Log In

If you are your group's liaison, click the button on the left to log into MySSP. You can sign your group up for programs, or enter roster information and make payments for programs you are already registered for.

New Church Log In Request If you are a new group or new liaison to SSP, click the button on the left and fill out the form so that we can set you up with a log in.


1850 Youth and Adults Registered for Summer 2014Map

In 2014 we are offering six one-week service opportunities for high school youth beginning June 29, 2014. Six weeks of Junior High will be available at Chiloquin weeks 1-3 and in Walker River weeks 4 and 5. Locations are shown on the map below.

We are piloting a program for combined middle and high school youth groups. 

Learn more about the Summer Program.

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orangeWeekends of Service in 2014-2015 School Year

Next school year we plan to have Weekends of Service in Portland and Vernonia, Oregon; Sacramento and Los Angeles, California; and hopefully Phoenix, Arizona.

If your youth group has specific dates in mind, please let us know so we can put them on the calendar. We need at least 25 youth and adults to run a weekend, but can take up to 45.

We are also looking to hire a Regional Coordinator in Sacramento and most likely Phoenix. If you are interested in a part time position working with SSP year-round, please email Rick Eaton for more information.

Learn more about our Weekend of Service.


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Young Adults are Vital to SSP

SSP offers challenging service opportunities for Campus Ministries throughout the year, serving communities in Nicaragua, Oregon and South Los Angeles. During the summer, teams of young adults learn about social justice and participate in service projects in Nicaragua. Learn more about our projects in Central America.

Campus Ministries also serve during alternative winter and spring breaks at our Oregon and South Los Angeles sites. These weeks include repair projects for the elderly and community centers in need, and social learning about the surrounding communities and city. Learn more about serving with your group on an Alternative Break.

 


 

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