Several people affiliated with our congregation are doing service assignments in various locations and we support them in prayer and in other ways.
The November 2011 Mennonite Voluntary Service newsletter has stories about both Laura and Scott. Check it out!
Scott is assigned to the Tucson Mennonite Voluntary Service Unit, working in programs developed and run by the Tucson Community Food Bank to address the issue of food scarcity. Scott's main responsibilities are setting up and selling produce at the five farmers' markets and installing backyard gardens for area families. Both of these programs service the needs of low income families and others. Additional opportunities include working at two farms connected to the food bank and helping with gardening education programs.
Laura works with Project PLASE through the Baltimore Mennonite Voluntary Service Unit. PLASE stands for People Lacking Ample Shelter and Employment, and they work to provide housing and hope for Baltimore's most vulnerable homeless citizens, those with mental health issues, HIV, addiction, and who have experienced incarceration. Her official title is Client and Administrative Liaison, which basically means that she is a connective resource for the clients and staff, and makes sure that things get done. More specifically, she interviews walk-in clients to place them on the wait list, tutor the GED class, work at the front desk, and help with about six other departments.
Jesse lives in the North-Eastern region of El Salvador and works as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the area of Youth Development. He spends most of his time in the community school teaching extra-curricular classes and workshops. He teaches computer classes regularly, and he has a group of high school girls who are learning about business basics. Lately, he has been teaching weekly recorder lessons to elementary age students. Outside of the school, he has been working on a small watershed management training project, and some vocational workshops for teens.