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If you’re a teen at AHCC, how do you learn the importance and reward of giving and supporting the church and organizations in the community that we lift up?

For the high school members of AHCC’s Youth Ministry, one way is through a series of service projects that provided great opportunities to use their time and talents.

In addition to the energy and enthusiasm that the youth brought to these organizations, their presence and volunteer efforts delivered value to the individuals supported by these organizations.

Here are just a few examples:

  • 17 teens worked for 3 hours in cooperation with Center Church in Hartford, serving food to feed the homeless.
  • 14 teens volunteered for 3 hours at AHCC’s Halloween Carnival.
  • 13 teens spent 2 hours decorating pumpkins; taking them to local senior care centers and visiting with AHCC members who are unable to come to church services.
  • 5 teens assembled personal care bags and helped to distribute them to 20+ homeless people in Bushnell Park in cooperation with the “Church by the Pond” Episcopal church service for the homeless in Hartford.
  • 19 Middle School teens greeted us in the parking lot on Thanksgiving Sunday to collect 79 turkeys, $850 in financial donations and 1,105 pounds in food donations to support those in need through Foodshare.

If they were compensated for those hours at a minimum wage of $15, that represents thousands of dollars of value donated by AHCC’s Youth Ministry program. But for the 68 young people who gave their time and talents, they had the experience to see the value that each person, each age, social status, and time of life offers.

If you want to find out more about joining AHCC’s Youth Ministry, contact Tobey Aubert at taubert@ahcc.org.