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First Congregational Youth Journey to Vermont

Jennifer Jaruzelski

Thursday, July 31, 2014 • 8:20pm

Wearing bright green t-shirts for the Green Mountain State, representatives of the First Congregational Church of Westfield departed this week for their annual mission trip, a week of volunteerism and fellowship that has become a summer tradition. The group of 45 middle and senior high students, clergy, chaperones and friends, are in Rutland, Vermont, to work with YouthWorks, a non-profit organization that runs programs for church volunteers.

During the week, the students are working alongside members of other churches to groom park trails, weed community gardens, and work with local agencies serving the children and elderly. The participants prepare, serve and clean up after all the meals as part of their work experience.  Evenings are devoted to fellowship activities like rock climbing, swimming, and a visit to the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream factory.

This is the seventh consecutive summer that the church has participated in volunteer work. Previous trips have included sites in San Antonio, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, West Virginia, Wyoming and Ohio. Fundraisers held throughout the year, including a tag sale, spaghetti supper, and ShopRite gift card sales, help underwrite the cost of travel.

First Congregational Church, a member of the United Church of Christ, is located at 125 Elmer Street in Westfield. For additional information on activities and other outreach opportunities, please contact (908) 233-2494 or visit their website at fccofwestfield.org.

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