Goodness Grows

Youngstown, Ohio

Goodness Grows is a faith-based non-profit organization that has grown out of a commitment to work creatively with community groups, congregations, workplaces, and individuals to help families grow their way out of hunger and poverty. Goodness Grows brings about social and economic change through agricultural leadership and training. They want to empower people to create a healthier, more self-sustaining, and economically viable community for future generations in the Mahoning Valley. They also strive to create opportunities for people with disabilities by offering summer internships and seasonal work in an integrated setting and by serving as a job training site for local classrooms during the school year.

Key Scripture: “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof.” (Psalm 24:1, KJV)

Volunteer quote: “It was an eye-opening experience working closely with the people involved with Goodness Grows. So many good lessons and information to put into practice every day. What a wonderful way to do a ministry. People are connected through basic needs and filling those needs with the ability to do agriculture. This model may serve us as we look towards ministering in our own area. It may not be agriculture, but the model works and will be great for current and future endeavors.” —Nick Armstrong, Beverly Reformed Church

Opportunity type: 
Volunteer opportunities: 

Groups of all ages and individual summer internships


Goodness Grows has a partner church about eight miles away that has nice cots, four women’s showers, and three men’s showers. Alternatively, teams may set up a tent out back and use the two showers on site. Teams may also sleep in the library and nursery at Common Ground Church Community, where Goodness Grows is housed.

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Cost notes: 

$275 for 5 people, $270 for 12 people, $240 for 20 people, $210 for 30 people

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Contact Us

If you would like to learn more about the RCA's short-term mission opportunities for individuals and groups, please get in touch with us.

The best way to reach our team is to email or call (616) 698-7071. One of the members of our team will be able to connect with you right away.

Stephanie Soderstrom

Coordinator for Short-Term Mission

Molly Towne

Short-Term Mission Placement Specialist

Erika Spykman

Administrative Assistant

Cultivate is a program for 18- to 25-year-olds to partner with RCA missionaries for a summer or a full year and see how God is at work in another part of the globe.