Teens from across the country provide community service in Savannah

While most teens enjoy their summer vacation with a bit of relaxation, there’s another group from a faith-based organization who use their time to give back to the community. And this group is having an impact in Savannah. Instead of normal summer vacation activities, a A group of middle and high school students from Alabama, Ohio and Michigan are busy packing boxes at coastal Georgia’s second U.S. harvest for the summer feeding program. It’s all part of YouthWorks, which offers Christ-centered mission trips to help other communities in need. “We just want to go out and serve every community with respect by providing service to every community with what needs to be done,” said Lizzie Dougherty, Community Services Coordinator, YouthWorks And students say, come to Savannah and do this mission and helping those in need is something they really wanted to do. “Clearly in Savannah there is missionary work that needs to be done,” said Brayden Bules, a 16-year-old from Gulf Shores, Alabama. “I’m here to help, I also needed to get closer to God during the mission trip, I may be able to devote both of these reasons to my time.” “We’re a lot more privileged and have a lot more stuff in Gulf Shores,” said Kyle Simmons, also 16, of Gulf Shores, Alabama. “More opportunities, so being able to come here and help them with what they have made me feel a lot better.” also be with God and talk a lot about him,” said Ashlyn Day, an 11-year-old girl from Daffney, Alabama. what we do is we serve the Salvation Army, the Salvation Army Summer Day Camp, Faith Equestrian and the City of Savannah who build homes,” Dougherty said. . YouthWorks Savannah’s mission will continue all summer through August. group of 50 students will alternate each week.

While most teens enjoy their summer vacation with a bit of relaxation, there’s another group from a faith-based organization who use their time to give back to the community.

And this group is having an impact in Savannah.

Instead of normal summer vacation activities, a group of middle and high school students from Alabama, Ohio and Michigan are busy packing boxes at the Georgia Coast’s second American harvest for the Summer Feeding program.

It’s all part of YouthWorks, which offers Christ-centered mission trips to help other communities in need.

“We just want to go out and serve each community with respect by providing service to each community with what needs to be done,” said Lizzie Dougherty, Community Services Coordinator, YouthWorks.

And the students say that coming to Savannah and doing this mission and helping those in need is something they really wanted to do.

“Clearly in Savannah there is missionary work to be done,” said Brayden Bules, a 16-year-old from Gulf Shores, Alabama. “I’m here to help, I also needed to get closer to God during the mission trip, I may be able to devote both of these reasons to my time.

“We’re a lot more privileged and have a lot more stuff in Gulf Shores,” said Kyle Simmons, also 16, of Gulf Shores, Alabama. “More opportunities, so being able to come here and help them with what they have made me feel a lot better.

“And I feel like if I came here it would feel good to get them stuff and also be with God and talk a lot about him,” said Ashlyn Day, an 11-year-old girl from Daffney, Alabama.

But YouthWorks not only volunteers at America’s Second Harvest, they have other projects while in Savannah.

“Currently what we are doing is serving the Salvation Army, Salvation Army Summer Day Camp, Faith Equestrian and the City of Savannah building homes “, said Dougherty.

YouthWorks Savannah’s mission will continue all summer through August.

As this mission continues, a different group of 50 students will rotate each week.

Jill E. Washington