Youth from six counties in the Diocese of Camden will trade fun in the sun for service at the shore as part of the Summer in the City service project sponsored by the Office Lifelong Faith Formation – Youth Ministries. Beginning Aug. 5 through Aug. 11, the week-long community service project provides high school teenagers the opportunity to volunteer at various work sites in Atlantic City including Catholic Charities, The Rescue Mission, Jean Webster’s Kitchen, Atlantic County Food Bank, and Villa Raffaella. Lodging will be provided at Holy Trinity Parish, St. James Church, in Ventnor.
“This week of service, spirituality, community, and social justice is a life-changing experience for participants,” says Gregory Coogan, director of Youth, Young Adult and Campus Ministries for the Diocese of Camden. “Teens bring their gifts and talents to serve the poor and disenfranchised in society. They have a tremendous impact on the community by making a difference one person at a time. By reflecting on their experience teens are able to see the importance of Catholic social teaching and begin to see how being a disciple of Jesus translates into being the hands of Jesus in the world.”