Mission Trip 2020
Our Youth Ministry Teen Mission Trip 2020 will be in the Twin Cities, MN on July 19-25
The Trip is now full. We have started a wait list. Please send Dave an email at DaveM@olmercy.com to be put on this list.
INFORMATION ON THE TRIP:
This year we will be traveling to the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul) in Minnesota. We will be going to a Catholic Heart Workcamp (see video above) to serve the people of the Twin Cities. Check out Catholic Heart Workcamp on Facebook and Instagram.
ABOUT THE SITE WE ARE ATTENDING: The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul is the home for the Minnesota Workcamp. Minnesota is known as “the Land of 10,000 Lakes”, dozens of which are located within the city limits of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Look beyond the scenic shores, beautiful beaches, and groomed walking paths, though, and you will find a number of people who struggle with poverty, homelessness and hunger. The growing number of population in need is one of the Twin Cities’ most critical issues. The Catholic HEART Workcamp Twin Cities camp works with multiple agencies striving to address the very basic needs of these residents in need.
While in the Twin Cities, you may expect to work at the homes of elderly, disadvantaged or disabled residents on revitalization, home beautification, and repair / rehab projects; or you may spend time painting (interior and/or exterior), or assisting with landscaping projects. We also work in food shelves, pack food at food banks, help out in shelters and work in low-income childcare centers along with boys and girls clubs. Each resident or agency we serve presents a unique situation. We welcome you to arrive with an open and willing attitude eager to serve wherever the Spirit leads.
WHO CAN ATTEND:This camp is a “Next Level” Catholic HEART Workcamp. It is open to those entering the 9th grade in the fall of 2020 and older.
ORIENTATION MEETING: A MANDATORY Parent/Student Orientation meeting is scheduled for Sunday, January 12th from 12:00-12:45 PM OR Tuesday, January 14th from 7:00-7:45 PM (Both meetings will be held in the Parish Life Center.) The student attending the trip and at least ONE parent must attend ONE of these meetings!
TEAM MEETINGS: All teens and adults attending the mission trip will have several gatherings to prepare for the trip and meet others attending the trip. We would like all teens to attend these meetings which will most likely be on a Sunday afternoon or evening beginning after the holidays. Exact dates and times TBA.
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING ….
COST AND FUNDRAISING POLICY FOR THE TRIP:
The full cost ($600.00) 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.
DEADLINE TO SIGN-UP—DECEMBER 15, 2019
HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN ATTEND?
A NOTE ABOUT FUNDRAISING
PARENT HELP NEEDED!
Other Information & Links:
Get the pictures from the 2019 trip to Charlotte, NY here!