This summer, Students Living a Mission (SLAM) mobilized nearly 700 students from over a dozen states to perform various volunteer service projects throughout Nashville. That means that youth got out of the house and into the dirt in order to benefit others in need. Through just this program, targeting teenagers, we offered nearly 14,000 of community service--that's over $100,000--worth of labor to the Nashville area!
Students gathered every morning to be encouraged by a devotional time in God's Word. They were then dispersed to perform service projects through the afternoon, and then congregated again at night to worship and participate in more Bible study and small group discussions. Our focus of serving the poor, the widow, the immigrant, and children is emphasized through our Bible study sessions in order to help students understand why their service is important.
Most volunteer hours this summer were directed toward facilitating camps for low-income children and carrying out necessary home maintenance projects for the elderly. On a weekly basis, various high school and college-aged landscaping teams were sent out to do yard work for elderly women throughout Old Hickory, TN.
Students also hosted day camps for kids in low-income apartment complexes, where they facilitated sports, games, arts and crafts, taught Bible lessons, and provided free lunch. Each week we were able to provide a quality camp experience for over 500 kids that otherwise couldn't afford it.
In addition, several Nashville Metropolitan Head Start Centers benefited from SLAM students giving their time to complete regular maintenance tasks, from cleaning and organizing to painting and repairing classroom equipment.
The last few months have been very productive, and we’re extremely thankful for all who participated with us in our mission to serve the most vulnerable in our city. Together, we accomplished a great deal. The children who learned how to work as a team, or act in a drama, or learn a new skill at camp... The elderly whose homes are now cleaned, repaired and landscaped... Their gratitude cannot be counted numerically. Thank you, slam students, for your service! We are smiling so big at the end of this wonderful summer of service, and putting our work in to continue service to these precious individuals in Nashville. We pray you do the same, wherever you are!