Opportunities to Serve: Synod of The Southwest
Address: 620 N. 6th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701
Contact: (520) 628-8263; Fax: (520)740-0242
Nature of Work: BorderLinks runs experiential educationseminars on the U.S./Mexico border. While the primary focus is education around issues of migration, human rights, economic and environmental issues, some seminars also include a service work component. We provide opportunities to meet and talk with people holding different perspectives and viewpoints on the wide variety of social, economic, faith and political issues at play in the border region.
Group Specifications: Trips run year round and range in length from one to 14 days. A minimum of 10 participants is required. No minimum age, although parental consent is required for participants under the age of 18.
Project Provides: All food, lodging, transportation (once in Tucson), Spanish/English interpretation, group facilitation and most materials are provided in the trip fee.
Additional Information: Seminars run at $120 per day per person and are custom-designed according to each group’s specific interests. Fundraising consultation is available.
Ganado Presbyterian Mission
Address: P.O. Box 389, 1 Mission Way, Ganado, AZ 86505
Contact: Vivian Manning (928) 755-3255; Fax: (928) 755-3232 (call first)
Nature of Work: Light Construction: carpentry, concrete construction, minimal electrical, handicap ramps, roofing, sign-making, painting, adobe work associated with the church, hospital, and community. Miscellaneous: ground work, lawn care, general cleaning, fence repairing, grass cutting, tree and hedge trimming, landscaping, flagstone repair, trash picking on grounds. Vacation Bible School (bring own VBS supplies).
Group Specification: A group of 30 or less is recommended; Workgroups are encouraged to come preferably during Summer months (June – August), however, groups are invited year round.
Project Provides: Ellerton Dorm with bunkbeds to house groups, showers, kitchen, Chapel and Worship Sanctuary, minimal small hand tools and accessories: circular handsaw, drill, wheelbarrel, ladders, push brooms, vacuum, etc., tours of historical sites (Hubbells Trading Post and National Historical Site, Window Rock Historical landmark), breath-taking natural wonders (Fluted Rock, Canyon De Chelly – in relative short distance and Monument Valley and The Grand Canyon – further distances from Ganado). Meals: (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) are provided by the church at $20 per camper/per day. Sack lunches and special meals can be provided, given proper notification. Providing your own cook is one fee of $100. What Campers should Bring: Bedding (or a sleeping-bag), proper attire (along with a sweater, pull-over or a light jacket), suntan lotion, insect repellant (Avon Skin So-Soft mixed with 50/50 water solution works best), camera, pen/pencil and a journal book, toiletries, etc.
Additional Information: Ganado is located in northeast Arizona on the Navajo Indian Reservation, approximately 28 miles west of Window Rock, Arizona on Highway 264; at an elevation of 6,650 ft. above sea-level. Weather is unpredictable, come prepared for inclement weather.
Aztec Presbyterian Church
Address: 205 N Church Ave., Aztec, NM 87410
Contact: Dwain De Pew (505) 334-2816
Nature of Work: This is a joint project with the First Presbyterian Church of Farmington, N.M. The work will be disigned to fit your group but could include working on new housing through a local group called ECHO, home repair, ramp building, work around the congregations’ physical plant.
Group Specifications: Receiving groups June 1 – August 15. Cost is $125; maximum group size: 35
Project Provides: Air conditioning, housing, kitchen, showers, tools, worship.
Emmanuel Presbyterian Church
Address: 14 State Road 73, P.O. Box 189, Penasco, NM 87553
Nature of Work: VBS, need older youth group and adults to do a Jr. high camp at site in Taos Canyon near Penasco, help elderly with home maintenance, weatherize adobe Fellowship Hall windows.
Group Specifications: Group size: 10-30; minimum age: 12; adult/youth ratio: 1/5; receives groups during summer months.
Project Provides: Housing, kitchen, showers, one local flavor potluck provided for group.
Address: 301 Menaul Blvd. N.E., Albuquerque, NM 87107
Contact: Keith Cass (505) 341-7252; Fax: (505) 3341-7240
Nature of Work: General maintenance, painting, landscaping, carpentry projects; yard work, concrete.
Group Specifications: Group size: 2-50; adult/youth ratio: 1/5; receives groups June 1 – July 31.
Project Provides: Housing, kitchen, beds, bathrooms, showers, tools/materials, washer/dryer, linens, rv hookups, training, local transportation, gym, athletic fields; groups should bring their own toiletries, work clothing and recreational equipment.
Additional Information: River Running Rio Grande, hiking in Sandin Mountains, Pueblo visit, sightseeing.