Energizing Youth for Service

Tim in the food pantry
Tim, pictured here at the local food bank he is helping his home parish support, is one of many Serv-X-Treme alumni putting his experience into action through community service projects
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Going Forth to Serve after Serv-X-Treme
IOCC’s youth leadership conference, Serv-X-Treme, gives young adults new skills and knowledge that they can use to serve Christ in their daily lives. After their experience, conference alumni put what they’ve learned into action by completing a service project in their parish or community.
Tim C., of Christ the Savior Orthodox Church in Southbury, Connecticut, is an alumnus of Serv-X-Treme. He shared his hometown service work with IOCC.
“Since returning from Serv,” Tim said, “I have been supplying Fr. Moses, my priest, with a list of needs for the local food bank. We have posted those needs in our church hallway, listed them in our bulletins, and handed them out on paper to parishioners at the end of Liturgy."
“I make the list each week, [and] over the past couple of months, people have donated hundreds of food items that were needed and specifically requested by the administrators at the food bank.”
“We are also involved in our annual ‘Snack Pack for Backpack’ drive at church, collecting and packing bags of nonperishable ‘school snacks’ for kids whose families visit our food bank. We are currently collecting snacks, and we will enlist the help of our church school kids to help sort and pack. Last year we packed 100 snack packages; this year, we are hoping to exceed that.”
Tim’s project is just one example of how Serv-X-Treme alumni are finding ways to help others in their communities. IOCC is honored to be part of their journey, helping equip this next generation of leaders for service.

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