Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of work will I be doing?
Each year, we send out a welcome packet that outlines the type of work and events students will experience during the YES Project (the 2018 Welcome Packet can be found here). On a regular basis, students are able to do a variety of jobs, including:
- Inside painting (bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens, bathrooms)
- Outside painting (house, garage, porch, fence)
- Gardening (weeding, mulching, pruning, gutters)
- House cleaning/organizing
- Yard cleaning
- Other minor household repairs
What if I or someone I know needs help from the YES Project?
Please go to our FORMS page and scroll to the bottom where there is a Site Application available. But hurry, they are due by June 10th!
what should I bring with me?
- 3 days worth of “casual” clothes for night
- 3 days worth of “work” clothes (including socks!)
- Gym bag to bring casual clothes to change into after you shower
- 2 towels (1 for showering, 1 for swimming)
- Toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, soap, loofa, toothbrush, toothpaste and deodorant!)
- Flip flops for showers
- Tennis shoes to work in (this is a requirement! You will not be allowed at the site in sandals. Sandals can be worn at night.)
- Sleeping materials
- Sunscreen (most sites will be outside)
- Any necessary medicine (must be given to the nurse at the check-in table)
- Swimsuit – Ladies: all swimsuits must be a tank-kini, or a one piece (basically, your mid-drift must be covered!) If not, you will need to wear a t-shirt over your suit. Gentlemen: swimming trunks
- A fantastic attitude and energy to help others!!
*Note about clothing: Please keep all clothing appropriate. No mid-sdrifts, buttocks, or shoulders are to be seen. At some sites, you will be painting. Other sites will include cleaning and gardening. Do not bring expensive clothing to work in – they will get ruined!
Am I allowed to bring my cellphone or iPod?
Am I allowed to bring my cellphone or iPod
No students are allowed to bring their cell phones or iPodswith them to the Yes Project. We recommend not bringing them to the event. If you do, they will be collected at the check-in table, stored in a safe location and returned to you after the closing Mass. You will be shocked at how easy it is to live without your phone for these few days.
Am I allowed to drive myself during the YES Project?
No, all transportation for students ate the YES Project must be provided by adults over the age of 21 and in compliance with certain guidelines proposed by the Diocese of Toledo. Students are allowed to drive themselves to the YES Project location, but all high school students who drive themselves will have their keys collected at check-in and returned to them after the closing Mass.
Can I bring an air mattress?
Yes, students are permitted to bring air mattresses provided that they have their own pump. However, sleeping bags and sleeping mats are recommened because we will need to move around the sleeping materials as some places will double as a sleeping space and an activity space.
Will I be able to shower?
Absolutely! There will be opportunities to shower every day after working at the sites. We try our hardest to get shower sites that have private showers, sut sometimes we must go to locations that only have community showers. We recommend bringing a swimsuit or showering in case of community showers.
What sort of things will I be doing during the YES Project?
At the work sites, you will be doing a number of different things, such as:
We will also be including an job that a homeowner or site contact may want to have completed. Don’t worry, we won’t make you do anything too complicated.
If you are wondering what you will do outside of the work day, there will be anything from playing games, swimming, and participating in spiritual activities. There are a plethora of activities you might do during the YES Project, and every student should have an enjoyable time.
How many service hours does this count toward?
For students who attend high schools that require service hours, the official YES Project policy is that it could as 20 service hours. Students must bring their service hour forms with them to the project so they can be filled out and have the hours count toward their service hours.