Mission Opportunities

Young Adult Service Community (YASC)

This paid year-long internship for ages 21-35 is sponsored in several communities around the country.  Live in intentional community, work at local non-profits, and connect with ministries of the host congregation as well as the wider United Church of Christ. 

More information about the YASC network

Summer Communities of Service

Summer Communities of Service (SCOS) is a leadership program for young adults aged 19 and above. Summer Communities focuses on intersecting faith communities, service and justice advocacy. This national network is part of the joint work of the United Church of Christ and the Alliance of Baptists. Participants live and serve from late May to early August in host congregations around the United States. Housing, Food, Health Insurance and a $1,000 summer stipend is provided.

UCC Global Mission Internships


Ministry Partners and Sites for Service/Learning Work

In Connecticut

Chapel on the Green- Is an outdoor congregation, of housed and unhoused, sharing God’s compassion through care, community, worship and breaking bread together in downtown New Haven.

Connecticut Food Bank-  CFB provides food and resources to a network of community-based food programs, such as soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, residential programs and day programs serving adults and children in six of Connecticut’s  eight counties: Fairfield,Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London and Windham.

DESK- Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen in New Haven.  DESK operates an Evening Meals program, offering a hot dinner and bagged lunches, as well as weekly Food Pantry and a Summer Kids Pantry program. 

Foodshare-  “When hunger stops, so will we.” Serving Hartford and Tolland counties. This site in Bloomfield has educational programs and volunteer opportunities

Hands On Hartford-  Caring in Action for the greater Hartford area.

Heads up HartfordThis is a one-week program sponsored by local churches.  Youth gather for a week of service projects in the Hartford area.  They stay at a retreat center in Bloomfield.

New London Urban Outreach- Quarterly meals with New London Homeless Hospitality Center. First Congregational Church New London, UCC


In New England

Cathedral in the Night- An outdoor Christian community which seeks to create a safe place for all people. Worship and a shared meal is offered every Sunday. Northampton, MA

City Mission Society in Boston-  City Mission catalyzes action to root out poverty in our neighborhoods. The strategic focus of CMS is on homelessness prevention through engagement, education, and empowerment.

Ecclesia Ministries / Common CathedralCommon Cathedral serves as an important community for people experiencing homelessness in downtown Boston. Common Cathedral offers the City Reach program for faith communities who want to be in supportive relationship with un-housed individuals and their friends.

Providence Experience -Irons Homestead - RI Conference, UCC

Urban Challenge- Trinity United Methodist Church, Springfield, MA

Worcester Area Mission Society (WAMS)- WAMS focuses on connecting the faith community’s abiding values of service to others with cross-sector efforts to support, restore and strengthen economic, educational and housing outcomes for struggling Metro west residents. 

National Programs

Appalachian Service Projects a Christian ministry, open to all people, that inspires hope and service through volunteer home repair and replacement. Central Appalachia.

Appalachian South Folklife Center Our focus is on education about our heritage and culture and our goal is to teach compassion for all cultures of the world starting locally. Pipestem, WV

Back Bay Mission- Strengthening neighborhoods, seeking justice, and transforming lives. Biloxi, Mississippi.

The Center- Inspiring and equipping churches and individuals to engage boldly with their neighborhoods. Baltimore, MD

DOOR Network- See the face of God in the city.  Programs in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, LA and Miami.

Heifer International- working with communities to end hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth

Reach Beyond Mission- Biblical, Progressive, Inclusive. Washington DC, Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, San Antonio

Simply Smiles- Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation in South Dakota and Oaxaca Mexico

Youth Service Opportunities Project (YSOP)- Learning through service and reflection. New York City and Washington, DC.


Book list- helpful reading curated by UCC Global Ministries

Forget Short Term Mission Trips. Encourage Young Christians to Join Protests
Sojourners, Sept. 28, 2016

Picture Taking Etiquette- guidelines for documenting service work



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