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Building Homes

Service Trips

Our service trips, ranging from 3 days to a week, are more than just opportunities for volunteerism; they are transformative experiences that cultivate a sense of community while strengthening the spirit of service. Often labeled as 'voluntourism,' these immersive journeys involve living and working in distant communities, pushing participants out of their comfort zones and providing exposure to diverse places and people. Whether responding to natural disasters in New York, New Jersey, New Orleans, or Houston, the visceral impact of witnessing the aftermath and actively contributing to rebuilding homes leaves a lasting impression on both youth and adults. The 16 organized service trips by VVMA staff have exemplified a 'work hard, play hard' ethos, ensuring a rewarding and enjoyable experience that makes a tangible difference in the lives of those facing adversity.


Come join us or partner with us to create a trip for your community

Contact Barry Glass at barry@volunteerventuresma.org to learn more.

Our 2023 Trip to Houston

After 4 hot days of applying and sanding joint compound, installing insulation and drywall, hanging cabinets, repairing rotted wood, and painting multiple coats on walls, trim and ceilings, Mr. Carter’s Houston home is giant steps forward in being ready for him to return home. For two years following Winter Storm Uri he has not been able to live in the house, and his day of return is so much closer.


The before and after pictures tell the story of the hard work and great care that the parent-teen teams from Temple Shir Tikvah Winchester put into their days. Hats off to this crew for taking the time during a school vacation week to roll up their sleeves and make a difference in such a fundamentally important way – to repair a person’s home. This is the best expression of tikkun olam – repairing the world.  And thank you to the SBP Houston crew – Project Leaders Morris and Lamar who guided us through the work with focus, support, patience and humor. 


We hope you enjoy the pictures of our after-work activities, too. We work hard and play hard, get to meet and know new people, build connections across communities, and send messages of optimism and hope for the future! 

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