Sierra Service Project is proud to be participating in Sacramento’s Big Day of Giving (BIG DoG) on May 5th. Starting tonight at midnight, you will have 24 hours to give where your heart is, and we hope that is with SSP! When you donate before 11:59PST on May 5th, your gift to SSP will grow thanks to a pool of funds that will boost all gifts!
SSP has spent the past 40 years learning about communities, serving with our neighbors and worshiping with new friends. We need your help to build the experience for the next 40 years so that more teenagers can be transformed by the humbling experience of service, more homes and community centers can be repaired, and for more young adults to become our next generation of leaders.
The Sacramento Region Community Foundation, in partnership with GiveLocalNow, Placer Community Foundation, Yolo Community Foundation, and other partners are working together to increase awareness and donations for Sacramento area non-profits. From midnight to midnight, Sierra Service Project will join 500 other non-profits in the region who will all work together to engage as many as 25,000 donors, and we hope you will be one of them!
We are encouraging all of our supporters to give $40 (or $40 per month!) in honor of SSP’s 40th year of service at 4:40AM PST (for our East Coast friends) and 4:40PM PST! Keep your eye out for special #SSPswag giveaways to our 4th, 14th, 24th, etc. donors!
By Dedrick McCord, Navajo Nation Site Director, from Community United Methodist Church of Pacific Palisades
Driving into Tsaile at night left me in my hotel room as impressionless as when I had woken up that morning in Los Angeles. I had spent the previous six hours driving with a recent Tsaile Site Director, Pascal Domicone, and his excitement never waivered for a moment. He told me about the beauty I had to look forward to, but when we got there the Red Rock Forest was covered completely in darkness.
The next day, the first stop we made was Canyon de Chelly. Huge, flat cliffs spanning for miles on end. There were no sounds there other than us, it was like nature was there just for us to experience it. Our second stop led us towards the Chapter Houses. Within minutes on the road the red rock mountains started coming into view. White capped from the last snowfall and sparkling with the reflection of the sun. It was difficult to stop staring long enough to go inside the building.
While at the Tsaile/Wheatfields Chapter we came into contact with a man named Silver. He was a family member of our contact at the chapter and meeting him was an incredible blessing. He told us about his graduate education studying tribal law and his effort to become fluent in the Navajo language. Silver led us around Tsaile helping us to understand the place my staff and I would be staying. He is excited to help us bring a truly powerful program to the SSP program in Tsaile this year.
I’m grateful for the opportunity to have seen Tsaile already and allow my excitement for this summer to come even earlier this year. I can’t wait to experience it again with all my new friends and family this coming June!
Editor’s Note: There are still some space is still available in Tsaile and all other sites. If your youth group is going to Youth 2015 or doing something else this summer, you can still go to SSP! Learn about our Individual Youth Program.
Applications for SSP’s Staff-in-Training (SIT) program are now available. We encourage anyone who will be at least 18 years old and graduated from high school by July 1 2015, the SIT program is an immeasurable benefit for those considering a future on SSP summer staff.
SITs live and work as a member of an SSP staff for one week. Participants spend one week on an SSP project site rotating through the various staff positions. This is also a fantastic way for SSP to get to know future candidates ahead of time! If you or a young adult you know would make a great future staff member, be sure to get submit an application and the required references by May 15th!
Organizing and filling first aid kits; safety first!
Pulling items out of storage to be used by our summer staffs.
Preparing office cubes for use at our summer sites.
Adding missing pages to songbooks.
For those in the Sacramento area, we have multiple jobs in which we need your help year-round. From May through June is the highest concentration of need as we prepare for the summer. Whether you want to volunteer once or come in regularly, your help will be invaluable to getting us ready for the summer!
Jobs include packing vehicles, managing our online store, and folding letters.
Email Rick for more information.