Have Your Group Serve with Us!
Summer Group Service
We host teams from churches, schools, and colleges to serve in our summer programming at both our Overtown and West Homestead Sites in the summer months.
WHAT WILL YOU DO?
Your team will serve alongside our year-long TML instructor staff as well as our paid high school youth interns in our summer camp. Summer Camp details:
- Six weeks at two sites: Overtown and West Homestead
- Children K-6th grade (Overtown) middle school is with our high school program for summer
- Children K-8th grade (West Homestead)
- 8:00am to 6:00pm breakfast for all students is from 8:00-9:00am
- Field trip evey week
TML Summer Camp is filled with tons of learning and fun and is an important component of our year-long programming. Below is a sample schedule from a past year to show the following rotations. Groups of students divided by age rotate through each day of summer programming. Your team will divide up between being in a group or as leaders of group activities.
Children participate in the following activities: Devotional Time, Literature, Visual Arts, Social Skills, Fitness, Computer Time, Structured Free Choice (games, reading, drawing), and Enrichment (these are themed activities led by our volunteer teams).
-sample purposes only-
For a comprehensive overview example of what a week of summer service looks like at Touching Miami with Love, view last year’s guidebook at the link below. Please note this is not the finalized version for the current year. Booked teams will receive an updated guidebook at the beginning of the new year. 2017 Guidebook
DAYS AND HOURS OF SERVICE
We have a mandatory orientation on Sunday (time TBA) with service days Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 4:45pm. Your time of service ends at 4:30pm with 15 minute daily de-briefing with our staff.
SUMMER 2018 DATES
We still have a few weeks left to have your group serve with us in Summer 2018!
Overtown– week of June 18-22
West Homestead– weeks of June 18-22, June 25-29, July 16-20, and July 23-27
We appreciate teams up to 20 people (youth and chaperones). We require 1 chaperone for every 8 youth under 18 years old. We ask that no team member be under 14 years old. We are sorry, but we can not accommodate children in summer service. Groups larger than 20 can be split between our two sites (groups can house together).
REQUIREMENTS TO SERVE
SCHEDULING: If your interested in seeing if a particular week is still open, contact us!
CONTRACT: A signed contract with expected group size, week of service, and site is required before your week can be booked.Once we have confirmed that the week is open at the site of your choice, we’ll email you a contract.
DEPOSIT: A $250 deposit is required with your signed contract. Payments can be made via check payable to Touching Miami with Love or online via our website. We ask that you consider covering the 3% cost of processing online payments.
COST: Our cost per person is: $50.00 for team members 14 years old to 17 years old and $65.00 for team members 18 years old and up as background check is required. Costs include: TML t-shirt, entrance to field trip, Wednesday’s Community Cookout meal, processing fees, and background checks for those 18 years old.
REQUIRED SPRING SITE VISIT: ALL new team leaders are required to do a spring site visit at that site of service. These are held between February 1st and and March 16th. We require you be present for one full weekday. We prefer to host one day per site. Inquire when you return your deposit when the Site Visit for your team will beheld.
Wonder why we REQUIRE a site visit–read one leaders reflection about the importance of her site visit here, https://hbclouisville.org/2012/02/29/reflections-from-visiting-touching-miami-with-love-on-february-27/
ACCOMMODATIONS:We have partnerships at each site providing great accommodations for your group. Please note the following are our recommendations, groups are responsible for their own travel, lodging, and food.
Overtown Site: SpringHill Suites Miami Airport East 1311 NW 10th Avenue, Miami, FL 33136.
SpringHill Suites provides accommodations of 5 people per room with free breakfast. Each suite style room has a microwave and mini fridge available. Large group rooms are available to reserve for your group for a day or the week.
Contact Phillip Burnside manager to secure the TML discount by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org NOTE: Phillip will confirm that teams have completed contract and deposit to get discount rate.
Homestead Site: Lutheran Retreat Center, 1955 N. Krome Avenue Homestead, FL 33030.
They have bunk beds for 30 people, in three rooms, with overflow rooms for more. They have new men’s and women’s shower facilities and women’s dressing room along with a renovated media room. There is a stainless steel kitchen for group use as well as small to large meeting rooms.
See Lutheran Retreat Center website for contact information and reservation process.
One Day Group Service
We host teams from churches, schools, and colleges to serve for one day for volunteering with children and youth, special events and work projects at both our Overtown and West Homestead Sites all year long.
WHAT WILL YOU DO?
We can tailor a one-day time of volunteering with your group. Here are some ideas:
- Group Time with children for tutoring, homework help reading, and special events
- Special Events: holiday parties, Guest Chef or any of our other Community Outreach Projects
- Chaperoning a Field trip during our all-day programming on Teacher Planning Day
Afternoons throughout the week our children take part in Devotional Time, Literature, Visual Arts, Social Skills, Fitness, Computer Time, Structured Free Choice (games, reading, drawing), and Enrichment times.
- and other helpful projects
DAYS AND HOURS OF SERVICE
CHILDREN’S PROGRAM: Our children’s program operates Monday-Friday from 3:00-6:00pm with children K-6th grade (Overtown) middle school is with our high school program and Children K-8th grade (West Homestead). Service opportunities with children are available on many Teacher Planning Days as well as Spring Break when we run programming all-day.
SATURDAY WORK PROJECTS: We have a limited number of Saturdays available for work projects
We can accomodate a few people on a team up to 20 people (youth and chaperones). We require 1 chaperone for every 8 youth under 18 years old. We ask that no team member be under 14 years old. We are sorry, but we can not accommodate children in volunteer service. Groups larger than 20 can be split between our two sites if desired.
REQUIREMENTS TO SERVE
SCHEDULING: If your interested in seeing if a particular day and time is open, contact us via form below!
CONTRACT: A signed contract with expected group size, day of service, and site is required before your week can be booked. Once we have confirmed that the week is open at the site of your choice, we’ll email you a contract.
COST: Service days are FREE, but we ask that you help with cost of supplies for work projects. T-shirts are available for team members for $10. We ask that you request these prior to your date of service to ensure correct sizes.
REQUIRED SITE VISIT: If your team is serving for more than 2 hours, we kindly ask that you send a representative to come on-site to walk through your day of service details to ensure a smooth experience.