As your participants enter into the lives of others and build relationships with the people of Grand Rapids, they’ll experience God working through them at projects such as:

  • Assist a neighborhood association by landscaping, painting, cleaning, clearing alleys, working with residents that are shut-ins (seniors that are ill or recovering), and low income persons/families.
  • Serve at an assisted living facility doing yard work (mulching, weeding, planting flowers), playing games and visiting with residents.
  • Build relationships with kids in the community by playing indoor and outdoor games, making crafts and going on afternoon off site field trips together.
  • Enjoy learning about growing food! Participants will be weeding and learning about all different types of crops; many of which go to nourish local people who are in.
  • Serve at a therapeutic horse center! Serve the kids and adults that come here that are struggling with social, emotional, physical, and mental disabilities. Maintain the grounds, brush the horses and help to fill the hay barns.
  • Help residents by painting addresses on homes, planting flowers, landscaping, and other tasks to beautify their homes. You will get to serve seniors and play with local kids.
  • Help the hungry and homeless by sorting donated food products, repackaging food, and serving meals at the local food pantry.
  • Help out with various activities around a youth camp including games and activities for the campers, minor painting, landscaping, and other day-to-day tasks!

Our Partner

We have a Local Coordinator there that maintains connections throughout the year with the organizations that we serve so that our service and relationships are sustainable. You may meet them during your week as they pop in and out. 

Project Crews

Participants are split up on six-person project crews for the work portion each day. In most cases, this is one adult and five youth, each person from a different church. In our experience, when groups allow us to mix participants up to make crews, individuals develop social and leadership skills, make new friends, and develop a closer bond with the people they are serving and their own youth group. If you have questions about this process or have specific requests, please give us a call. If needed, we can keep your group together, but still on crews of 6 people. (Due to age, participants at our preteen camps are kept together as a group, but still on crews of 6 people.)