The Pilgrim Church Annual Youth Mission Trip takes place late Spring when school gets out. The 2015 PCD Youth Team will travel for the third consecutive year to New Orleans to help residents and community organizations who are still rebuilding from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. It’s hard to believe it has been nearly 10 years now since Katrina hit NOLA on August 23rd, 2005.
What keeps us going back? It’s our commitment, connection and partnership with Camp Restore, a safe haven for organizations like ours who come to the area to do work, ensuring volunteers are fed, have a comfortable place to sleep, enjoy the camaraderie of the camp and at the same time learn big time about the power of working together and the awe in human resilience despite tragedy.
This year’s trek to NOLA takes place June 27th through July 3rd, 2015. But the ride begins a lot earlier! The fearless and FABULOUS youth leader, Emily Kellar, is known for planning next year’s trip on the plane ride home from this years….
One things for sure, it’s always a life changing and rewarding experience for both youth and chaperones. The heat, the hard work, learning a new skill, epiphanies around inner strength and pure joy in the rewards of service. If you ask any past participants about the trip, one particular sentiment seems to resonate among all – the amazement at how people can rise about tragedy and find happiness and love in community.
This year 50 participants will travel to NOLA (43 kids and 7 adult chaperones). Through fundraising efforts and Church donations we work to defray costs to families and pays for the chaperones. Therefore fundraising events like car washes, bake sales, making chili for the Super Bowl are so important. Participating in fundraisers not only helps with travel costs, it helps the team get to know each other and builds lasting friendships and camaraderie during and well beyond the trip!
We are enormously grateful to the Duxbury Interfaith Council who makes it possible for some kids to join the trip where it would otherwise be cost prohibitive.
Money should never stop any kid from participating on this trip! – Emily Kellar, Associate Minister
Stay tuned for more information and check out our calendar of events for upcoming fundraisers and thank you to the entire Pilgrim Church of Duxbury community for supporting our efforts. We couldn’t do it without you.
Questions about NOLA? Contact Emily Kellar 781-934-6591 ext. 103.