Savannah is a Southern gem filled with unique history, character, and beauty. Savannah is one of the country’s oldest cities and the first planned city, as is evident is in its grid-like streets and charming squares downtown. Its historic sites were spared when General Sherman burned many other Southern cities during the Civil War. From Savannah’s architecture and art, to its gardens and parks, to the large oak trees and Spanish moss framing the streets, Savannah possesses an enchanting, dramatic quality unlike any other urban center. However, this city that draws artists, writers, foodies and tourists is also home to its share of poverty and homelessness. About 21% of Savannah’s population lives under the poverty line, and many locals struggle with homelessness, hunger and brokenness in their families.
Serving in Savannah
• Partner with local organizations to meet ongoing needs in the community.
• During the week, students may serve all or part of the week at a food shelf, clothing distribution center, soup kitchen, children’s program, or elderly care facilities.
The city of Savannah will welcome you and your group with open arms as you come to learn about its culture and history and serve its people. You will partner with local organizations such as Old Savannah City Mission, the Salvation Army, Second Harvest Food Bank and others. You’ll spend time playing with children and dancing with the elderly. You will also have the chance to be part of a unique partnership YouthWorks has with the City of Savannah by painting houses to assist residents in need, helping the city to preserve its historic beauty. In the evenings, you’ll see even more of this city as you enjoy strolling down River Street, touring the oldest African-American church in the country, swimming on Tybee Island, and sharing a meal with new and old friends at a community cookout.
YouthWorks has been serving in Savannah since 2000. We have some great friendships and longstanding service partnerships here, and while we’ve had a few different housing partners over the years, we’ve never been met with anything less than the utmost southern hospitality. We’ve been housed at our current host church since 2008.