The team of led2serve, a Florida-based 501(c) (3), continually creates engaging and life-changing Service Journeys for people to join. Their collaborative efforts with community partners result in supporting local projects wherever they go! While led2serve is registered as a public charity, many of its leaders have a faith foundation and lead a particular Journey called a “Service Mission Journey”. On these trips they take teams into a community location and serve on projects which have a faith founded message throughout. Often times the theme is “servant leadership” or “serving higher”.
Founded in 2009, led2serve was created to equip, inspire, and mobilize individuals to serve others locally, nationally, and through many regions of Costa Rica. Its founder, Vanessa Puleo, was inspired to start the non-profit after her own meaningful trip to Egypt in 2006, “It was on that trip I realized that leaving a legacy was going to mean I significantly changed my life.” stated Puleo. It was not long after that trip she sold her business and applied a “service before self” attitude.
One of the tag lines of the organization is “Serve Hard, Play Hard”, and they take that quite seriously! All journeys have fun and adventurous activities built into their schedule while serving at any of the over 20 partner locations throughout the USA and Costa Rica. Recently, the organization added an Adventures Director, Yolanda Puleo. Yolanda creates options for the ‘down time’ during each journey for team members to explore, adventure, and play. Fun activities may include hiking Rio Celeste in Costa Rica, white water rafting down the stunning rivers of North Carolina, or snorkeling in Key Largo.
During a Service Journey team members will join local projects that have been pre-arranged with led2serve’s community partners. One of their newer partnerships, with the Chattanooga Community Kitchen, is in the beautiful state of Tennessee. This wonderful organization cares for the practical needs of so many. Last year led2serve mobilized a team of high school boys during Thanksgiving break. They helped prepare meals for over 700 people that day. What else did the team do while they were in town? They joined in the “cave crawl”, enjoyed local meals as a team, and of course they enjoyed hiking and laser-tag!
Interested in requesting a Service Journey to be customized for your group, school, family or team? Complete a group request on the Led2Serve Website.