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 build and bridge communities. Real, honest work and relationship building are part of the experience.
Volunteers must prepare lunches and water coolers for the day, they spend several hours a day at their work site with their team, and then they have chores to do to maintain the center or help with dinner when they return from their work site. The hours spent at the site provide needed time for repairs, as well as necessary time to build relationships with their family and with each other.
Evenings are spent in fellowship and learning about the Appalachian culture. ASP can truly be a life-changing experience. Adult chaperons 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.
Walter Crouch, President and CEO, Appalachia Service Project
St. Paul’s ASP Support Team
Dear Friends of Appalachia Service Project,
We look forward each year to that special week we set aside to travel together to the Appalachian region and participate in the amazing ministry there, where we form new friendships and serve the wonderful people who live in these communities. The Appalachia Service Project Staff have carried a heavy weight in making a decision about whether to continue the program this year, knowing how many homeowners are in need of critical home repairs. ASP announced that all volunteer home repair activities are suspended through August 1st, given the severity of the COVID-19 spread and the concern for the safety of everyone involved (staff, volunteer groups, and families). This is the first summer in ASP’s 51-year history that volunteer home repair work will not be completed, and St. Paul’s first time not participating in 22 years.
We are open to other possibilities of serving our communities this summer. We welcome suggestions for an alternate service project – one that aligns with the guidelines for group activities as we continue to manage the spread of this virus. We are pivoting this year only – our annual commitment to ASP and the people they serve in the Appalachian region will resume in summer 2021.
Our support of ASP can continue in the interim, however. We are dedicated to helping people in Appalachia and would like to help the staff at Appalachia Service Project be able to continue the amazing work that they do in the rural communities. If you are so inclined, donations are welcomed by their organization during the challenging months ahead.
We are incredibly grateful for all of the support that St. Paul’s has given us over the years. We also humbly ask for your continuing support of our participation in this transformational ministry.
St. Paul’s ASP Committee
If you are interested in going on the ASP 2021 Trip, contact Kevin Swann by filling out the ASP Inquiry Form
Contact: Kevin Swann: firstname.lastname@example.org
- ASP 2019 Trip – June 23 – 29, 2019. Destination: Tenn (Info Sheet) Canceled – McCreary Facebook
- ASP Fundraiser Dates:
- ASP Spaghetti Dinner – March 22, 2019 6 – 8PM. Setup at 5:00PM; get there early. Sign Up at Canceled
- ASP Spring Chore Day – May 11, 2020 8AM – 12PM, Arrive at 7:30AM
- Appalachia Service Project Day – March 17, 2019. Listen to the Homily by Drew Bradley and Izzie Hirschy. ASP Homily
- ASP Orientation Day – TBD
- Van Packing – 2020 – 10:30AM (Adult volunteers meet at 8AM to get the work van’s
Forms and Documentation Links:
Prior ASP Trips:
Here are photos of prior ASP trips: ASP Photo Galleries
Miscellaneous articles and links:
For more information about the ASP organization, go to www.asphome.org.
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