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Moving furniture and drinking tea
Twin brothers Maxwell and Richard Brooke are United Church of Christ volunteers with an unusual year-long assignment: to experience, blog and film UCC-sponsored volunteer service ministries all across the United States. One of their first stops was the Church World Service refugee resettlement office in Lancaster, Pa.
Twin brothers Maxwell and Richard Brooke are United Church of Christ volunteers with an unusual year-long assignment: to experience, blog and film UCC-sponsored volunteer service ministries all across the United States.
Next, they helped move furniture and set up an apartment for a second family, scheduled to fly in the next day. Finally, they met and filmed that newly arrived family in an unforgettable encounter, "sitting in a living room in Lancaster, listening to a family of refugees speak in Nepali, teaching young children about camera equipment, and sipping Nepali tea."
"We are hopeful of being able to place more volunteers with refugee resettlement sites," she said. The UCC supports its Partners in Service volunteers with a food stipend, health insurance and program expenses. In 2010, 72 people will have served as Partners in Service volunteers.
Maxwell and Richard Brooke are from China Grove, N.C., where they are members of Mt. Zion United Church of Christ. Their UCC volunteer term is September 2010 through July 2011, during which time they will be visiting approximately 40 volunteer sites.