“We accept people right where they are, just the way they are”
– ASP Founder Glenn “Tex” Evans
Appalachia Service Project (ASP) is a home repair ministry to needy families of Central Appalachia. Youth and adult participants grow spiritually, gain self confidence, and bridge communities. Hard work and relationship building are part of the experience. ASP has been doing this work for more than 50 years. Learn more about the organization on their website.
Spend a week in the fresh mountain air repairing roofs, walls, floors, foundations, and bathrooms, in addition to making homes accessible through porch and ramp repairs or additions.
A typical day with ASP starts with breakfast in the dining hall of the living quarters (usually a community church or school), after which teams prepare lunches and water coolers for the day. Vans are loaded with supplies, and teams spend most of the day at their work site, often interacting with the families they are serving. The hours spent at the work site provide needed time for repairs, as well as necessary time to build relationships with their family and with each other. We usually return the the Center by late afternoon, with plenty of time to shower and help with a few chores to maintain the center or help with dinner.
Evenings are spent in fellowship, hanging out with teams from other churches and learning about the Appalachian culture. Jigsaw puzzles, four-square, CanJam and ice cream trips are plentiful.
ASP can truly be a life-changing experience. Adult chaperones have not only been blown away by the experience of helping the families of Appalachia, but by the incredible dedication of the young people who participate. Construction experience is not necessary; patience and an openness to learning is all that is needed.
Views from Appalachia Service Project 2022(Slideshow)
“Because This is Where They Live” including words from the ASP Founder Rev. “Tex” Evans
ASP 2023: June 18 – 24 Destination: TBD
If you are interested in the ASP 2023 Trip, contact Kevin Swann by filling out the ASP Inquiry Form
ASP 2023 Fundraiser and Meeting Dates:
- ASP Fall Chore Day – November 5, 2022 8AM – 12PM, Arrive at 7:30AM
- ASP Spaghetti Dinner – March 10, 2023 6PM – 8PM, Arrive at 4:30
- ASP Information Meeting – in the Youth Wing
- ASP Spring Chore Day – Saturday May 6, 2023 8AM – 12PM, Arrive at 7:30AM
- ASP Orientation Day – TBD
- Van Packing – June 17, 2023 – 10:30AM (Adult volunteers meet at 8AM to get the work van’s)
Contact: Kevin Swann: firstname.lastname@example.org
Forms and Documentation Links:
Information on the Volunteer Statement and Registration Form is important and cannot be overlooked. If I do not have this form, You cannot leave with us on Sunday, June 18th. Tetanus shot = required. FYI, these are kept in a binder with each van and ASP staff for Medical Emergencies.
Prior ASP Trips:
Here are photos of prior ASP trips: ASP Photo Galleries
Miscellaneous articles and links:
Appalachia Service Project Day – March 17, 2019. Listen to the Homily by Drew Bradley and Izzie Hirschy. ASP Homily
For more information about the ASP organization, go to www.asphome.org.
Want to know more about construction? www.doityourself.com