Simply Smiles Mission Trip to the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation - Biannual Trip

WE WANT YOU for UCR’s Mission Trip with Simply Smiles’ to the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota the Summer of 2018!   Spend a week volunteering with your family of faith that promises to be transformative not only for disadvantaged youth, but for your own life.  Anyone 15 years or older (all adults in our Congregation!) can participate. BOCO will make available some stipends for travel costs. Dates will be announced.

Watch for more details in our Church’s weekly Bulletin and e-mail Blast.  For further information, please contact Caroline Robinson (203-354-5671;

Simply Smiles is a not-for-profit organization that provides bright futures for impoverished children, their families, and their communities. From the mountains of Mexico to the prairies of the American west, the unique and holistic Simply Smiles approach has proven to be impactful - sustainable - scalable - and successful.

Being a volunteer on the Cheyenne River Reservation is about bringing hope to people whose lives are dominated by an all-consuming daily effort just to survive. They need you. You will create smiles when there would be no other reason to smile. You will ease the burden and alleviate the suffering. You will allow an adult to forget their worries and for a child to just be a child.

The holistic nature of the Simply Smiles approach is proving to be the only effective means of changing the Reservation. From smiles to solutions, your presence in this complicated, tragic, and beautiful place is nothing less than vital.  Join us on the Reservation. Create smiles. Begin your education. Help make real and lasting change.

As a volunteer, you will spend one week working with us at the Sam D. Horse Community Center in La Plant and at nearby homes and project sites. The Community Center serves as the hub of activity for the week. The days are split into three parts:

Mornings: Revolve around work projects. Under the guidance of Simply Smiles staff, you will be working on projects ranging from cement-mixing to new home construction.

Afternoons: After a hearty lunch, the second part of the day is devoted to running summer camp, filled with arts & crafts, basketball, a game of tag and other fun ways to connect with the kids.

Evenings: In the evenings you will help us to host town-wide meals, BINGO night, movie night and more!

We need your help. The work is hard. The emotions searing and powerful. The injustices many. But we can all make a child smile. So let’s start there. And hand in hand we will walk that child down the path to the bright future that every person deserves.