The Chinook (Hi-Line) YAV program is a partnership among five churches: Presbyterian, Methodist, Alliance, Assembly of God and Lutheran. YAVs participate in ecumenical programs sponsored by the churches, including youth groups (high school/junior high and grade school groups) and summer lunch programs, senior citizen programs, nursing homes and community outreach. YAVs work closely with the local pastors as well as church groups. YAVs also have opportunities to help in the local preschool, grade school and high school/junior high.
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Intentional Community Living
YAVs are housed with local families. Intentional community is experienced through regular community days as well as retreats. There are also bi-monthly one-on-ones with the site-coordinator. YAVs also participate in Glacier Presbytery retreats.
Due to the population of Chinook, intentional community is experienced between the YAVs serving with one another and also with the entire town. This is one of the most celebrated aspects of our site, where YAVs are able to live out the joys and challenges, and experience the growth, stemming from the hospitality and welcome of Chinook, Montana.
Young Adult Volunteers (YAV) is a service and leadership development program through the World Mission division of the PC(USA). Young adults serve for one year in the U.S. or internationally, in areas such as fair trade or environmental issues, and have the opportunity to experience Christianity in a new culture. YAVs are between ages 19 and 30. Check out the YAV program blog here.
YAVs work in one or more of the following areas:
- Chinook Senior Center
- Grande Villa Senior Housing
- Sweet Nursing Home
- Chinook Public Schools—Meadowlark Elementary School (K-6) and Chinook High School (grades 7-12)
- Funshine Preschool
- Loaves and Fishes, summer lunch and activities program
- JUMP and LEAP—ecumenical youth groups for elementary through high school students
- Chinook Food Pantry
- My Neighbor In Need—community outreach
Volunteers share housing with other Young Adult Volunteers in Asheville. Costs, chores, meal preparation and other aspects of communal living are negotiated within the group, with guidance from experienced mentors in intentional community living.
- Ability to work both independently and as a team member