Smith River, California

We are thrilled to announce our return to in-person service for summer 2022! Our middle & high school ’Ohana Youth Groups will join in a combined service trip from Sunday, July 24 to Friday, July 29, 2022. Youth who have completed grades 5-12 are eligible. This is a fun and meaningful experience for teenagers to work in a community and contribute to something greater than themselves. Projects include light construction and painting; all participants will have an opportunity to use power tools.

The spiritual component of SSP provides a fulfilling and meaningful experience that youth talk about for a long time after the trip. To reserve your spot on this trip, email Mark Lindberg, youth minister, at markl@fcceugene.org.

FCC group in 2017

The trip fee is $425 per participant. We will be raising funds to offset the cost for each participant. FCC seeks to eliminate financial barriers that might get in the way of youth participation, so please contact Mark if you would like to explore options for scholarships and financial assistance. We currently have 10 spots available which will be filled on a “first come, first served” basis. To confirm your spot and receive the informational packet, please send in a deposit of $60 to FCC, 1050 E. 23rd Ave., Eugene, OR 97405. Please make checks payable to “FCC” with “SSP” noted clearly in the memo line.

This summer’s project will entail goin’ to California! There will be home repair work that helps residents safely age in place, while volunteers grow in service-learning and cultural humility. We are again joining SSP’s combined trip format (middle and high school youth), which has been a highly successful model and has become the trend for youth groups participating. Please know that once the youth arrive at the project site (this year: Smith River, California), they will be divided into work groups. SSP makes an effort to have older high school age and younger middle school age groups.

Safety Measures: Out of concern for the safety of staff, volunteers, and partner communities, we are requiring current COVID-19 vaccinations for all staff and volunteers; we will only work on exterior home repair projects; additional safety measures and procedures will be outlined as the summer approaches.

Sierra Service Project (SSP) is an ecumenical Christian nonprofit organization. Youth participants are invited to join with SSP’s young adult summer staff in exploring faith, building bridges between communities, and having fun right where we are. Check out the SSP website to learn about the 2022 summer program, meet the team, learn about SSP theology, and their 46 year history of working with young people and community partners across the western United States. SSP’s mission is to: “Build faith and strengthen communities through service to others.”

Adults! Are you interested in deepening your faith, serving others, and visiting the mighty redwoods? FCC will need two adult chaperone volunteers to lead this trip. The cost for adult chaperones is covered by FCC. Smith River, California is a cooler coastal climate, literally just over the border from Oregon. Why not escape the valley heat this July and support our youth ministries in the process? This is an incredible and transformative experience – please contact Mark Lindberg if you would like to learn more, or if you are ready to jump on board now!

For more information, please visit the SSP website at sierraserviceproject.org. Contact: Youth Minister, Mark Lindberg, markl@fcceugene.org.