Summer Volunteer Groups
at Touching Miami with Love
We challenge participants to serve alongside us in one of America’s most under-served urban communities. With over 15 years experience hosting teams we make it easy for leaders offering: housing assistance, comprehensive schedule & leader training including a thorough guidebook that includes local maps and ideas for free time In and Around Miami.
We seek teams with strong leadership that demonstrate a servant’s heart and are willing to step out of their comfort zone and follow in Christ’s footsteps to serve the least of these in Miami.
What you will be doing?
Touching Miami with Love offers week long opportunities for volunteer teams with participants 15 years of age and older, in teams of 15-20 people to assist with our ToMorrow’s Leaders Summer Camp.
Camp runs 8am-6pm each day. We ask teams to serve from 8:30am-4:45pm each day. This program is an extension of our ToMorrow’s Leaders After School Program and includes a mid-week field trip on Thursday and our weekly evening Community Cookout on Tuesday.
Teams are asked to assist us in planning out activities for various rotations: Visual Arts providing supplies, Fitness, Social Skills, Bible time as well as plan for Opening with songs and skits.
Trips begin with the team’s arrival on Saturday and conclude with your departure the following Saturday.
Teams come and work alongside our children’s ministry staff, our jr. interns and visiting summer college interns.
Our weekly Community Cookout is a great opportunity to not only serve, but relax and have fun with kids in camp, their parents and the community at large. Hosted each week throughout the summer, your team is asked to assit with the preparation, grilling and serving, and clean-up afterwards. It’s a great time of building community and sharing stories and life and occurs on Wednesday of each week.
Cultural Training is a time to learn something new about urban poverty, race, life in the city or a variety of topics relating to our work in Overtown. This session will occur following camp one time a week, see schedule. Leaders active participation and support of this session, makes all the difference in the participant’s response.
Bible Study, Worship and Reflection is an important component of your team’s week of service and time and effort should be placed on the planning for these expereinces to be an enriching portion of your team’s daily schedule.
Dates for Summer 2013
Contact Angel to see which dates are currently available for 2013. Camp for 2013 runs for 7 weeks June 17-August 2
Accommodations for Groups
TML is partnering with Marriott Spring Hill Suites at their Health/Arts District location for a reduced rate for summer teams as well as Corpus Christi Catholic Church’s Chali’s House group retreat house.
View there video here to see the Marriott Spring Hill Suites hotel (no it’s not on South Beach, but close to TML). Teams must book through links provided by TML to get reduced rates.
Marriott’s SpringHill Suites Miami Airport East/Medical Center
1311 NW 10th Avenue – Miami, FL 33136
Chali’s House Retreat House 3220 N.W. 7th Ave, Miami, Fl 33127 Contact Suzi for information on booking your team email@example.com
Cost for Trip
The cost for a week of summer missions with TML is $50 for participants 15-17 years old and $65 for each participant 18 years old up and includes:
- Touching Miami with Love t-shirt
- Entrance into the weekly field trip
- Dinner on Wednesday night at the Community Cookout
- Level One Background Screening for all participants 18 years and older
- Administrative costs
All groups will provide their own breakfasts, sack lunches for day camp and their own dinners. Additional cost for housing.
All first-time groups are required to send at least ONE leader to attend a pre-trip orientation visit. This has proven over many years to be a most meaningful time for leaders to make plans appropriate for their group’s experience. The pre-trip visit includes an overview of the ministries of TML, introduction of children’s ministry staff, a question and answer session, a detailed overview of the guidebook, a tour of all mission sites, review of mission site policies, tour of group accommodations, and site visits to suggested free-time activities.
This is a mandetory activity for all first time leaders . Leaders may drive or fly into Miami International Airport (MIA). Discounted rates on a hotel is offered with shuttle service from the Miami Airport. Local transportation is provided by TML staff for all activities.
How to Sign Up to Serve
Please complete our Team Application for Summer 2013. This is for first time teams only as a way for us to know a bit about you as a leader, your group, and your goals during your time with us. Please email Angel with completed form.
Once that has been reviewed and accepted, we’ll work together to determine a date for service and send you out a contract.
Your team is considered “Booked” when Team contract and non-refundable deposit of $250 is received. Contracts are email to team leaders once application is approved and dates are set.
The deposit is deducted from your total cost of the trip and is in place to ensure that groups follow through on their commitment to serve on the date selected and with the number of participants agreed on. A drastic change in the number of participants agreed on to serve in a given week can make it difficult for us and it is highly suggested that much thought be given to how many might be interested in serving on your team. Once a contract and deposit is received your date is booked and plans can begin!!
A detailed Summer Guidebook will be emailed to you so that your team can begin planning a great week of mission in the inner city of Miami.
Please contact Angel Pittman, Assistant Director, with any questions or to find out what dates are available for summer mission service this year or any other inquiries regarding team service in the summer with Touching Miami with Love. Email: Angel Pittman
Thanks for considering serving with Touching Miami with Love this summer!
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