Helping those Living with HIV Share their Voice 

HIV/AIDS is still a significant health threat in this area. This organization provides those living with HIV/AIDS with housing, support services, and advocacy, as well as provides HIV prevention education to the community. Participants will have the opportunity to help prepare and be a part of one of the largest HIV advocacy days, speaking to state legislatures about the continued need to fund HIV initiatives in the state. 

Impacting Lives of Emotionally Disturbed Youth

One out of every five children in the United States is affected by mental health. Students will be working with an nonprofit organization is trusted locally and nationally as a leader in the field of mental health care for children. They have impacted more than 10,000 youth and their families since 1957 through Residential Services, Community Based Services, and our educational academy. Volunteers will complete a variety of impactful projects, including sorting donated clothing for children in need, reading with students in classrooms, and completing indoor and outdoor maintenance projects. Join us in supporting young people as we help them grow into productive, healthy citizens.

Constructing a Trail: Adding Miles to the Miles

This extensive trail is being constructed and maintained largely by volunteers from  across the nation, organized and managed by their organization. Their  mission is to design, construct, maintain, and raise funds in support of the trail. Building the trail is a grassroots effort, driven by the communities along the trail and a broad network of individuals from across the US. This very successful private/public partnership is a model often cited to demonstrate the power of volunteerism, and public/private partnerships.  Currently over 200 miles of the 320 trail has been constructed and being maintained. 

Housing for Low-Income Families

Long term poverty coupled with the downturn in the economy has forced many individuals and families to live in substandard and often unsafe housing. The partnered organization seeks to provide safe, decent and affordable homes by building new homes and providing rehabilitation to existing homes. Participants will assist to  develop housing for low-income families in need of assistance. Volunteers will work on various phases of construction, from shingling to digging footer drains, framing floors and walls to painting or landscaping. 

Aid for Aging Veterans

Participants will work with an organization dedicated to improving the health of the men and women who have served our country. While working with this organization, participants will dedicate their time to a variety of health services, including assisting patients suffering from PTSD, providing company to people undergoing radiation, and befriending nursing home patients. (Open spots)

Education for Native American Children

Throughout history, Native Americans have not only experienced direct racism, but also institutionalized discrimination that is still alive and well today. As a result, Native Americans are some of the poorest and most marginalized people in modern America. As a participant, you will assist an organization foster educational opportunities for Cherokee children. This includes helping with lessons in the classroom and providing Cherokee parents with support teaching their children about Cherokee culture and future opportunities for success. 

Immigration: Examining a Difficult Journey

Immigration is a contemporary issue and there is much to learn about the pushes and pulls instigating the migration process along our country’s southern border. Through direct service with immigrants and migrant workers, outreach runs, visits with Border Control, and exposure to the realities of crossing the border, the group will have a better understanding of the human sides of the immigration story. This trip requires a flight. (Open spots)

Supporting Special Needs Individuals on a Farm Setting

Therapeutic riding is beneficial for individuals who present with any of a range of cognitive, physical, and emotional conditions. This includes individuals with Down Syndrome, autism, ADHD, blindness, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, and many other conditions. Benefits in communication, gross and fine motor skills, posture, emotional stability, muscle tone, and self-esteem are among the many positive outcomes which are associated with therapeutic riding. 

Support for at Risk Communities

Participants will serve at risk children in an afterschool academic enrichment environment. Additionally, you may participate in food distribution, gardening projects, and with other community groups on restoration and housing service projects. 

Historical Preservation of a National Park

The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th anniversary and participants will have an impact on how accessible and enjoyable the beauty and history of the Park are for visitors. Participants will help with trail tread restoration, drainage work, and brushing. This service work will provide a safer and more enjoyable visitor experience, as well as a chance for participants to develop hands-on skills, an environmental identity, and a connection to the national park experience.

Neighborhood Revitalization: Creating an Affordable Source of Food

The urban farming trip provides an opportunity for students to learn about inner city farming using sustainable technique and address access to healthy produce in low-income communities. At this particular site students will have the opportunity to work directly on the farm and in addition, learn about various farming issues in our area. (Open spots)

Farming to Fight Cancer

This organization farms to provide clean, organic food to those in need and especially to those fighting cancer.  We educate the community regarding the dangers in our current food system, share our fight with cancer and encourage our community to pursue a healthier lifestyle - in order to prevent cancer or other illnesses. 

Brightening Communities: Creating a Renewable Energy Source in Low Income Neighborhood

Solar technology is least accessible to the people who need it most, low income families. This trip allows participants the opportunity to give these underserved communities a renewable energy source. Participants will be installing solar panels while working on policy for this social issue. This trip requires a flight. 

The Fostering of a Sustainable Community

Continuing the growth and sustainability of communities is a necessity to the lives of people who live there. This trip entails boosting local communities by making repairs affordable, reducing waste, promoting reuse, and creating green jobs. (Open spots)

Incarceration: The Effects on Family and Education 

Having a member incarnated can affect the family unit. Hospitality houses are set up all over the country providing families a place to stay when visiting their loved ones in prison. Participants will work with the housing unit cooking and cleaning, providing a comfortable and safe place. Participants will be working directly inside the prison with inmates presenting on social programs. This could include presenting on socials skills, parenting, or any other issue relevant to teach. 

Education, Sustainable Farming and Ecotourism (International)

Participants will learn how small farms in the tropical forest are working in conservation of nature for the long term, while providing positive social and economic impact for the local community. Participants will work on supporting education at a primary school, sustainable practices at a cooperative coffee farm, and promotion of ecotourism as an alternative for conservation of the forests. This trip is international and will require a passport and a flight. Prior to departure, there will be a few mandatory foreign language webinars/online homework sessions. We highly suggest that you have a basic level of Spanish speaking skills. (Open spots)

Community Engagement, Education and Development (International)

Participants will help strengthen civic engagement activities in a small community in a developing country.  They will be exposed to existing sustainable development initiatives and learn about some of the real challenges facing these communities.  They will also explore some of the protected areas that have become so significant to the country's future development. This trip is international and will require a passport and a flight. Prior to departure, there will be a few mandatory foreign language webinars/online homework sessions. We highly suggest that you have a basic level of Spanish speaking skills.