The city of Rutland, Vermont is surrounded by the pristine beauty of the Green Mountains. This is a region loved by visitors and residents for its seemingly limitless outdoor recreational activities year-round, including skiing, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and water sports. But like many small towns, economic concerns, poverty and unemployment exist. In this town of 16,000 over 20% of individuals receive food assistance from the government and many of the local families living below the poverty line have young children at home.
Serving in Rutland
• Serve through painting, cleaning, yard work or other simple work projects.
• Partner with local organizations to meet ongoing needs in the community.
• During the week, students may serve at one or more of the above service options.
Since Rutland is a community centered around enjoying the beautiful mountains that surround the area, much of the service work you and your youth will do includes the outdoors, hard work, and getting close to the dirt. Whether you’re helping develop and maintain trails at Pine Hills Park, serving with the Parks & Recreation Department staff, or weeding in a community garden, you’ll get to experience the great beauty of the Green Mountain State. In addition, participants may have the opportunity to serve through completing simple work projects, spending time visiting with some of Rutland’s elderly residents, or helping local thrift stores and other organizations. In the evening, you will have the chance to experience some unique activities including indoor rock climbing, sampling local favorite Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, going hiking and swimming, and enjoying fellowship at a community cookout.
YouthWorks has been in Rutland since 2007. We were invited to Rutland by a local pastor and longtime YouthWorks adult leader who asked us to partner with the community to show Vermonters the Church’s heart for service. Each year our partners in the Parks & Rec department of Rutland advocate for YouthWorks participants to return, and our recent partnership with Project Vision – a local network seeking to improve neighborhoods – has allowed us to continue to work alongside community residents.