Project Serve Sites 2018

Project Serve 2018 is the 17th year in a row we have sent students to serve on spring break. This year, once again, we are excited to send students to communities across the United States and internationally to connect and to learn. We are also honored to have the opportunity to send two teams to support relief efforts supporting communities impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Please read the descriptions of each site to determine which ones may be the best fit for you.

Boys & Girls Club Apache Nation

Mentoring Youth in San Carlos, Arizona

Project Serve teams have been partnering with the Boys & Girls Club of the San Carlos Apache Tribe for many years now. The San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation in southeastern Arizona was established in 1871 as a sovereign reservation for the Chiricahua Apache tribe. Currently, a devastating 60% of the people within this community live below the poverty line. Team members will have the opportunity to experience a rich and fascinating culture firsthand in a wide variety of meaningful ways. Examples of potential projects include cleaning and organizing the Boys and Girls Club facility, painting murals, facilitating after school projects, and leading seminars for local high school students about the college application process. The team will stay at the Boys & Girls Club.

Fundraising goal: $350

Catalina Conservancy

Environmental Conservation on Santa Catalina Island, California

The Catalina Island Conservancy is a non-profit organization located on the beautiful Catalina Island in Southern California. Home to more than 60 animal, plant, and insect classes that are found nowhere else in the world, the Conservancy's mission is to be responsible stewards of the earth by following a balance of dedicated conservation, education, and recreation. Today, the Conservancy is a "leader in conservation programs that protect and restore endangered species and threatened habitats." This serves as an excellent Project Serve opportunity to give back to the environment, learn about the unique ecology of Catalina Island, and have fun at the same time!

Fundraising Goal: $150

Eye on the Rainforest

Environmental Sustainability and Disaster Relief in Puerto Rico

We will be returning to work with Eye on the Rainforest located in Las Casas de la Selva, Puerto Rico. This team will be working alongside the Tropic Ventures Sustainable Forestry & Rainforest Enrichment Project. In addition to working on sustainability projects, students will respond to any relief efforts still needed in response to Hurricane Irma.

Fundraising Goal: $1200

Friends of Refugees

Refugee support in Clarkston, Georgia

Friends of Refugees is a Christian non-profit with an overall vision for developing abundant, life-flourishing communities for refugees and displaced persons in the United States. Founded on this mission, they strategically empower refugees by providing opportunities for one's well-being, education, and employment. This organization is located in the heart of Clarkston, Georgia -- a city strongly recognized for its diverse population as it now has become a key location for many displaced persons. Students will be able to immerse themselves in a deeply rooted cross cultural environment. The team will help refugees find jobs, assist in a preschool classroom, participate in the Refugee Sewing Society, tackle a community garden project, and much more. This is an invaluable opportunity to meet those seeking asylum in the United States, learn the logistics behind refugee and forced migration crises, as well as understand the realities faced by resettled refugees in an unfamiliar country. Take advantage of this great experience to act on one of the most pressing humanitarian crises of our time by following Jesus's model.

Fundraising Goal: $750

Hurricane Harvey Relief

Disaster Relief in Houston, Texas

In response to the destruction left by Hurricane Harvey, we will send a group of students to Houston area to respond to the needs of the community. The Volunteer Center is currently looking for a nonprofit partner working in Houston that we can partner with in order to support the people recovering from this disaster. Applicants should be willing to be very flexible.

Fundraising Goal: $700

Hurricane Irma Relief

Disaster Relief near Florida

In response to the destruction left by Hurricane Irma, we will send a group of students to respond to the needs of the community. The Volunteer Center is currently looking for a nonprofit partner working in response to this disaster. Applicants should be willing to be very flexible.

Fundraising Goal: $750

L'Arche Seattle (Great Books)

Inclusive Community in Seattle, Washington

L'Arche Seattle is a part of the worldwide L'Arche movement that seeks to create homes for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. It runs three homes and a day program, where people with and without disabilities share their daily lives in communities of faith and friendship. During Project Service, team members will help out for a day at the Farms and Garden of the L'Arche Tacoma community an hour away. This trip is only available to current Great Books students.

Fundraising Goal: $150

Monteverde Institute

Environmental Sustainability and Community Development in Monteverde, Costa Rica

The Monteverde Institute programs are based on the belief that to achieve sustainability—both locally and globally—a combination of environmental, social, cultural, economic, and technological factors must be carefully considered. To that end, MVI fosters a synergistic approach that blends international experiences, applied research, and community engagement. Participate in a weeklong homestay program where you engage personally with locals who are engaged in sustaining the largest rainforest in North America while supporting the efforts of locals to thrive economically.

Fundraising Goal: $1400


Education in New York, New York

With a population of just over 19 million, 14.2% of New Yorkers have lived below the poverty line since 2009. This team will work with ShilohNYC , a nonprofit Christian organization dedicated to equipping at-risk youth with the tools to build hope. Team members will become a part of a community that will teach, mentor, and befriend the youth to promote their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual growth. The team will partner with a public school in the South Bronx where you will tutor children and support teachers throughout the school week with small projects or reading/math centers. Not only will the team members impact the students, they will also provide much needed support and encouragement to teachers who are often over-worked, under-paid and under-appreciated. They will help to strengthen the bond of the school, the teachers and students building a better community. Lodging is within the community of the South Bronx.

As this is a domestic service opportunity we encourage you to consider a return trip and supporting the ShilohNYC mission be it through a return trip or summer work at the camp that is run for the same children of the South Bronx community. Priority will be given to students who are returning or plan on returning as indicated by their applications.

Fundraising Goal: $750

Story International (formerly More Than Compassion)

Education in Huehuetenango, Guatemala

Guatemala ranks in the lower 25% in GDP per capita in the world with an estimated 54% of its population below the poverty line (2011). Story International (formerly More Than Compassion) strives to meet the education needs in Huehuetenango with a special emphasis on the orphans and single parent families in the community. Students will split their time between the children's homes and schools onsite, offering assistance to teachers and providing ways to support the needs of the students.

Fundraising Goal: $1,400

Surfing The Nations

Hunger and Homelessness on O'ahu, Hawai'i

At Surfing the Nations (STN) the motto is "Surfers Giving Back." Surfers lead the way, but anyone who is willing and able is encouraged to join. Their mission is to see lives changed inside and outside of the organization with a focus on hunger and homelessness and at-risk youth. Hawaii, the state with the 3rd highest rate of homelessness, has 10.4% of its residents living in poverty and 14% of experiencing food insecurity. STN is doing remarkable work in Wahiawa to give hope to those in need. Team members will participate by join STN staff members in worship and prayer as they prepare for sorting donated goods, rehabilitating a lake, and distributing food to the needy and homeless.

Fundraising Goal: $750

The Painted Turtle

Camp Counselor for kids with serious medical conditions in Lake Hughes, California

All children deserve a chance to be a kid at camp. The Painted Turtle makes sure this happens through their incredible camp grounds in Lake Hughes north of Los Angeles. With top notch medical facilities and personnel, the Project Serve team can work with the campers on arts and crafts, fishing, and other traditional camp activities.

This opportunity is only a three-and-a-half-day commitment from Friday afternoon, February 23 to 26, 2018.

Open to students who are not on the Malibu campus for fall as well as though who are.

Fundraising Goal: $30

Union Gospel Mission

Hunger and Homelessness in Seattle, Washington

Made famous by its music and coffee, Seattle is a city rich in cultural diversity. However, many don't recognize that Washington's King County has up to 8,000 homeless people on any given night. Of those served by food banks in Seattle, 25% are families with children. The team will work with Union Gospel Mission, an organization providing programs for drug recovery, transitional housing, educational and career resources. Their mission is "To serve, rescue, and transform those in greatest need through the grace of Jesus Christ." The team will prepare and serve meals and help around the facility as needed.

This team is an all-female team working primarily with UGM's Hope Place for women and children.

Fundraising Goal: $450

The Wade Center (SERCAP)

Community Development in West Virginia

The Wade Center is a Christian non-profit located in Bluefield, West Virginia that exists to "nurture Bluefield's children, youth, and their families spiritually, physically, emotionally, and intellectually through practical programs and mentoring relationships." This organization strongly believes that a positive influence on children can be the difference in who they become. Thus, the Wade Center provides meaningful children programs in order to structure them into future participating leaders of society. Your social justice journey will be assisted through opportunities and spaced for meaningful service and mutual transformation. Just like the mission of Project Serve, Wade Center seeks to inspire participants to become agents of change to address root causes of poverty, school drop-outs, and youth violence. 

For more information on this area in West Virginia, checkout this CNN piece.

Fundraising Goal: $750