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2017 Service Trips

We are now accepting applications for the two planned service trips to Lumberton, North Carolina

To be considered for one or more of the service groups, please fill out an application and mail it along with a $200 non-refundable deposit (both are needed per person applying).  Your application will not be processed without your deposit, and your check will not be cashed unless you have been accepted. Mail completed applications to: Good News Project, 1106 Fifth St, Wausau, WI 54403.

Based on skill sets needed in each group, we may need to review all applications before making a selection (with earlier dated applications taking precedence over later ones).  Please mark more than one choice if you are flexible.

The participation fee for a two-week trip is $750 USD.  For a one week volunteer trip, the fee would be $450.

A two week trip includes:

  • 15 nights at the Fairfield Inn-Marriott in Lumberton, which includes a hot breakfast (double occupancy)
  • 15 shared lunches and evening meals
  • Transportation during the two weeks of service in Lumberton, NC
  • Nametag, work t-shirts, 1 GN denim team shirt

This excludes:

  • Travel expenses to and from Lumberton, NC
  • Any weekend travel arrangements you may decide to make, if you choose a 2 week volunteer trip.
  • Personal laundry

Since this is an expense in connection with giving service to Good News Project– it is considered to be tax deductible under #170 of the Internal Revenue Code….please keep all your receipts!

North Carolina Relief #1Arrive Sunday, January 22 – Saturday, February 4, 2017

  • Group of approx. 14 to stay at Fairfield Inn-Marriott in Lumberton, NC
  • Basic home demolition; eliminating damaged drywall, ceilings and floors; dismantling bathrooms; removing foundation insulation.
  • Volunteers may participate in either one of the two weeks if they desire.
  • Coordinator: Toni Schmitt

North Carolina Relief #2Arrive Sunday, March 19 – Saturday, April 1, 2017

  • Group of approx. 28 to stay at Fairfield Inn-Marriott in Lumberton, NC
  • Basic home demolition and construction depending on talents of the group
  • Volunteers may participate in either one of the two weeks if they desire.
  • Coordinator: Bettina Peters (we are looking for a veteran GNP volunteer to co-coordinate this team)

Please fill out one application per person We will try our best to help coordinate transportation connections between travelers.

 

Regarding Service Trips to the West Indies:

 

The Good News Project Board of Directors, at a regular quarterly meeting on June 27, 2016, engaged in a serious discussion which prompted an important decision about 2017 GNP activities.  After reviewing current information from the CDC and other international health resources about the Zika virus epidemic in Caribbean countries, the Board decided not to send GNP volunteer groups to St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Dominica in January and February, 2017.  This was a difficult decision for the GNP Board of Directors, most of whom are also international volunteers, and all of whom are concerned about the health and safety of GNP volunteers.

Good News Project leaders have communicated with medical leaders in the islands and have been advised that, “more money and fewer volunteers” would be the preferred option in early 2017.  No good statistics are available, but we know they are already seeing, “lots of Zika patients”.  Our St. Lucian coordinator and two of her three children have had Zika.

This is a temporary moratorium.  In a year the situation may be much different, if the epidemic of infection has peaked in the Caribbean as it has in Brazil, and if vaccine research currently underway has produced positive results.

 

Please consider joining us in 2018 when we plan to again offer service opportunities abroad!

 

 

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