Service Project provides a physical representation of hope to Cumberland Mountain families. Participants complete minor home repair projects to improve the safety and sustainability of the homes. These may include porches, wheelchair ramps, painting and yard work – each project resulting from an expressed need. While on the worksite, youth are encouraged to work as a member of a team and problem-solve to accomplish the task-at-hand. Youth are also encouraged to interact with families from different socio-economic backgrounds. The families we work WITH often have wonderful and inspiring life stories that they love to share with the groups while they are working on the project. Taking a break to sit and learn about each other is an important part of the SP program. It is the relationships that are built in those interactions that turn the structure, or the paint, or the yard work the YRG works on into a symbol of love and compassion for many years.
Day Camp is a place to spread hope. It is an environment where children come to be loved and challenged in a safe, positive community. Youth and adults spend a week with Grundy County children, 6-11 years old, participating in activities that take them on a journey throughout the county. Participants will have the opportunity to help children learn about the environment, community service, health and local entrepreneurship. Each day the children and volunteers have a devotional time where they talk about the theme for the day and work in their prayer journals. In this time volunteers have an opportunity to hear about the children’s faith as well as share their own. This county’s story is usually told with grim statistics. 70% of all high school students are considered economically disadvantaged and only 7% go on to higher education. 25% of the county lives in what we would consider extreme poverty. Unemployment is typically 40% higher than the current national rate.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors:
Participants form Youth Renewal Groups (YRG) made up of youth and adults from each church the camp community as well as a mix of ages, genders, mission experience, and churches, with no family members, best friends, or couples in a group together. The YRG experience encourages youth to step out of their comfort zone in a safe Christian community. Youth and adults spend 3 days completing minor home repair projects in the community. Projects can be anything from constructing a porch or shed to painting or doing basic yard work. On the worksite, YRGs are encouraged to sit and spend time with the family they are working with throughout the day, inviting them to join the group for lunch, devotional, and any time of prayer. At Mountain T.O.P. we believe that it is important to take time to connect the reason why we do service. To do that we provide multiple times throughout each day that we as a community intentionally focus on God’s presence in our work. These range from morning personal devotional time to evening sharing and worship in unique settings. Dates: July 3rd – July 7th Cost: $150/participant
YSM Dates and Costs:
- Week 1: June 10th-16th // Service Project & Day Camp
- Week 2: June 17th-23rd // Service Project/Day Camp & Safe Sanctuary
- Week 3: June 24th-30th // Service Project & Day Camp (Day Camp full. Service Project still available)
- Week 4: No YSM // Neighbors Helping Neighbors
- Week 5: July 8th-14th // Service Project/Day Camp & Safe Sanctuary (Limited Day Camp spots. Service Project still available)
- Week 6: July 15th-21st // Service Project & Day Camp
- Week 7: July 22nd-28th // Service Project & Day Camp