Every summer, we take our youth group on a mission trip. Thus far, we've gone to a state out east, another one further north, and even to Canada. But now I am attempting to find ways for the youth at church to become involved in service projects and helping others closer to home. I want them to see that we don't have to drive for 11 hours to find people that could use our help. There are plenty of people and ways to help right here where we live.
So, up in the city, there is this woman who does a lot of work with people who are poor and homeless. She is pretty well known in the city, I guess, and there have actually been a couple books written about her. I thought that might be fun for our youth to get involved with her program, so I sent an e-mail asking for ways that youth groups could volunteer, even as much as once a month.
I got a response the very next day, which I thought was cool because I thought that it might take a couple days for them to respond. However, when I read the e-mail I was a bit disgruntled because it said, "If you'd like to set something up for next spring, call us at [phone #]." And that was it. So I think I've decided to find another way for our youth to volunteer.