Wetumpka, the City of Natural Beauty, is a small community just about 10 miles north of Montgomery, Alabama, and right on the Coosa River. It is home to around 6,500 people and is in one of the fastest growing counties in the country. It is a community with a diverse population, including the Poarch Creek Native American Tribe. Wetumpka has a rich history, starting with its location — it is said that the town itself sits in a crater formed by a meteor ages ago. It is also home to an old French Fort, and the blockbuster movie Big Fish was filmed here. Wetumpka is a community where the majority of those who live under the poverty line are either elderly or young families with children. At the same time it is also a quiet and loving town where people care about one another and desire to help those in need.
Serving in Wetumpka
• Serve through painting, cleaning, yard work or other simple work projects.
• Work alongside community-led children’s programs, serving through games, crafts, and reading.
• 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.
Throughout the week, you and your group will facilitate a Kids Club at a local church, participate in work projects and serve with organizations seeking to meet the needs of the community. One of our regular service partners in Wetumpka is Adullam House, a home for children whose parents have been incarcerated, where YouthWorks participants provide much-needed help to the grounds crew and spend time playing with the children who live there. In the evenings, you and your group will not only spend time getting to know the community of Wetumpka and worshiping with a local church, but you will also venture into Montgomery for a tour of the Rosa Parks Museum and a visit to the first church that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., pastored. You and your group will be challenged by Wetumpka’s history, inspired as you serve, and encouraged by the wonderful community that has taken an active role in YouthWorks’ involvement there.
2015 will be our second summer serving in Wetumpka, having been invited into the town by a youth group from the area who had done numerous YouthWorks trips. One of the main reasons the community was excited to host YouthWorks participants was to be able to establish and support a new kids program at a trailer park community in which the church owned one lot. The first summer of this program was a great success, with local churches joining YouthWorks volunteers to provide programming and lunch for over 50 children every day.