Mission Trip

Mission Trip 2022

Our Youth Ministry Teen Mission Trip for 2022 will be to Maumee, Ohio on July 17-23.

All the details on the trip are below.

Please contact Dave (DaveM@olmercy.com) with questions.



High School Teens are invited to attend our Mission Trip to Maumee, Ohio on Sunday-Saturday, July 17-23, 2022.

This coming summer, the Our Lady of Mercy youth ministry will be traveling to Maumee, OH to do service work for those in need. We will be attending Group work camp. Group is a nationally known Non-denominational Christian organization that helps teenagers realize the importance of service in their lives. Check out their website here: https://groupmissiontrips.com/mission-trips

ABOUT THE SITE WE ARE ATTENDING: The history of Maumee, Ohio dates back to the early 1800’s. With the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825, many flocked to the region as new opportunities of river trade, commerce, and shipbuilding emerged. Today, Maumee carries the charm and the warm community of a small town but is large enough to have the resources of a bigger city with Toledo as the bordering city.

HOW YOU’LL SERVE: Many of the Fortune 500 companies that were once thriving in the Maumee/Toledo area have moved or no longer exist. Because of this, there is a large aging population with older homes in need of repair. You’ll serve by providing home repairs for residents in need—including exterior and interior painting, porch repairs, and constructing new wheelchair ramps.

WHO CAN ATTEND & COST: All high school age teens are eligible to attend the mission trip. Must be at least 14 years old OR entering the 9th grade in the fall of the same year as your trip. Graduated Seniors (Spring 2022) may also attend. College students (ages 18-20 who are already in college) may also attend as leaders for our group—only a limited amount of college students will be accepted. The cost for the trip is $625 per teen, but fundraising can reduce that amount greatly.

COST AND FUNDRAISING FOR THE TRIP: This trip will cost approximately $625.00 a person ($325 for college leaders). This amount includes not only the participant fee for the workcamp, but all of the other common costs like transportation, rooming, meals at the camp, the free day activity and other associated community costs.  The various fundraisers we hold throughout the year, such as Pie Sale, Poinsettia Sale, Mission Trip Weekend, Aurora Day of Service and the Rummage Sale are for the purpose of lowering that cost for the teens.

The full cost ($625.00) of the trip will be expected from each student.  For each fundraiser worked, a TBD amount of money (Based on the profitability of the fundraiser) will be added to the individual’s trip account.  The overall goal is to provide enough opportunities for everyone to significantly reduce their out of pocket costs.

One of the most significant secondary benefits to participating in these fundraisers is the community building within the group that will be attending the mission trip together.  Thus, we would love to have everyone participate in all of the fundraising activities.  Unfortunately, we know that for various reasons, we have not been able to achieve that full participation.  With the past system, a lack of participation meant that a smaller group of people were working very hard for the benefit of the entire group.  As we all know, many hands make light work.  This approach to fundraising is intended to encourage a greater degree of participation in the overall fundraising effort.  Participation in individual fundraisers is NOT a requirement, but a choice to “add funds to the student’s account”.  Those that cannot or choose not to participate in fundraising will still be responsible for paying their portion of the overall mission trip costs, so the burden is shared equally by all participants.

With this policy, we ask that ALL participants pay an initial non-refundable deposit of $50.00 which will be credited to the students account. This amount will hold our spots with the work camp organization. You may check the balance on your account at anytime by contacting Dave in the youth ministry office. The final payment will be DUE after our last fundraising event.

Fundraiser List for 2021/2022

  1. Pie Sale – October/November
  2. Poinsettia Sale – December
  3. Mission Trip Weekend 2nd Collection – January/February
  4. Fish Dinners TBD – March 25 and April 1
  5. Aurora Day of Service – May 7
  6. Rummage Sale – June 10-12

We will send out an email before each fundraiser asking for volunteers and giving specific details. Teens/Parents will need to sign-up ASAP to get an open spot on the fundraiser.

DEADLINE TO SIGN-UP—ASAP! We will take teens as long as we have a spot–but hurry, because it fills fast!

HOW MANY CAN ATTEND? There are 60 teen/college and 12 adult spots available for the trip. Spots are filled on a first come, first serve basis. However, if we have open spots after the deadline date, we will continue to take teen sign-ups. Once all spots are filled, we will start a wait list for any teens interested in attending.

CANCELLATION POLICY: The absolute DEADLINE to cancel a spot for the trip is Sunday, May 1, 2022. Any cancellation after that date will require the teen (parent) pay the full amount due of the trip unless a replacement teen can be attained to fill that spot.

DEPOSIT: The non-refundable $50.00 deposit must be returned to the Youth Ministry Office located in the Parish Life Center (701 S. Eola Road, Aurora IL 60504) by December 15th! We accept cash or check. Please make checks payable to Our Lady of Mercy.

A NOTE ABOUT FUNDRAISING: If a student raises over the $625.00 cost for the trip, that positive balance will be credited to a future trip or placed in the Mission Trip Scholarship/Grant fund. Funds can be transferred to siblings only. Please contact us if there are any questions or if there is a financial need—we want any and all teens to experience this great event!

AFTER THE HOLIDAYS: All participants on the trip will be asked to go online and fill out the Group Workcamp information form. This link will be sent out to everyone after the holidays. In addition, the Diocese of Joliet requires a permission form for each teen attending. This will be sent to you in the spring along with packing/tool list and other important details.

PARENT HELP NEEDED! Parents are invited to consider going on a trip as an adult leader! We will need 16 adults to make this trip happen. An adult leader needs to be at least 25 years of age and willing to drive to and from the work camp (rental mini-van), chaperone our teens at the camp and work as a team to make this the best experience possible for our teens.

If you are interested in learning more about this great opportunity please contact Dave in the youth ministry office at 331-707-5371 or e-mail at DaveM@olmercy.com.