Sierra Service Project


2017 Smith River Trip

8 of EGUMC Junior and High School Youth returned from Smith River on August 5 following a week of service, fellowship and worship. We are grateful for the opportunity to help others, learn new things, share in God’s love and “Build Together”.

What is SSP?

Youth, young adults and adults work, laugh, and learn together during this week-long, life-changing service opportunity. Sierra Service Project (SSP) builds connections between people of different cultures and experiences through acts of service in Native American and urban communities. Participants learn teamwork and light construction skills while painting, repairing homes, building stairs and wheelchair ramps, tearing down damaged structures, or performing other community-service projects. Each site of SSP’ers, typically made up of 50 to 75 youth and adult counselors, becomes its own community throughout the week through shared responsibilities–preparing for the work days, making sandwiches, keeping the host site clean, and eating and living together in close quarters, such as a church or school gymnasium (girls and boys sleep on separate sides). Evening programs include singing, group games, improvised storytelling, speakers from the community being served, and spiritual reflection. New friendships are made with youth and adults from other churches, as well as with the SSP staff, all within a safe and supervised setting (all counselors have successfully undergone a criminal background check). Graduating high-school seniors and young adults also may be eligible to participate in SSP’s staff-in-training program or to apply for a paid summertime staff position. Sierra Service Project is an inter-denominational non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.

For more information about this program, or to support SSP by making a donation, please see