The 17-year-old is one of more than 60 youths and advisers who will travel to Jacksonville, Fla., in late May to work with Mission Harvest America to build water-purification systems that will be sent to Haiti.
All the youths are from churches in the Sparta District of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, spanning Augusta, Martinez, Evans, Thomson and Waynesboro, Ga.
"I'm blessed by being here in America," said Jones, a member of Stone Chapel C.M.E. Church in Warrenton. "We have things. People in Haiti deserve better conditions, but they don't have them."
Local involvement in the relief effort was inspired by the work of the Rev. Kenneth Carter, the bishop of the 6th Episcopal District of the C.M.E. Church.
"He's worked in Haiti, repairing homes, building facilities," said the Rev. Larry Fryer, the pastor of Stone Chapel. "When he was assigned to Georgia, we took on these projects, too. He's got a heart for this work."
In addition to sending youths to Jacksonville, Stone Chapel has signed up to raise money for additional water filters in Haiti.
Ricky Jones, Rictavious' father, leads the fundraising project. For $48, members of the community can sign up to sponsor a filtration system. Each filter cleans four or five gallons of water in less than two hours, said Henry Myers, the president of Mission Harvest America.
The organization was founded in 1991 by Dewey Painter and has sent filters all over the world in response to natural disasters.
"In every disaster, there are water needs," Myers said. "Guatemala, Liberia, the Philippines, India, Thailand, Mexico. We've sent them everywhere."
When the youths are in Jacksonville, they'll help assemble the buckets, ship packages and organize the warehouse.
"We depend on volunteers," Myers said. "We're one of the best-kept secrets in the Southeast. People like to get involved, not only because they can send funds, but because they can do something."
More than a year after earthquakes struck Haiti, the need is still great, Fryer said.
"It's out-of-sight, out-of-mind," he said. "People move on. But the truth is, people still don't have places to live. They still don't have water to drink."
Jakobian Jones, 12, says that fact should move people to help.
"It's not right," said Jakobian, Rictavious' cousin and one of the 60 people traveling to Jacksonville. "It makes me thankful. "It could have been me over there suffering."