Come to Appalachia to
raise roofs. Fix floors. And build a
whole new you.
Volunteer with Appalachia Service Project
and the first life to change will be your own. Appalachia’s poorest families urgently need your help to make their homes warmer, safer and drier. But they can help change your life, too. Through their eyes, you’ll see yourself as the person you’ve always wanted to be. Compassionate. Committed. With the power to make a difference. Through their gratitude, you’ll be inspired to serve others in every area of your life. And through their down-to-earth faith, your own faith will grow stronger. And your relationship with God will grow deeper every day. So come on and join us. Sign up your
ASP helps participants to see themselves in a new light... to see others in a new light and a new way... to gain a fresh, new perspective on the future, and of course, their faith. I think of a quote I heard from a first-time participant: “ASP is not just about us working on homes. It’s about God working on us.”
— ASP volunteer
group to volunteer for Appalachia Service Project. Sure, you’ll install insulation. Repair porches. Reinforce foundations. But even more importantly, you’ll build a whole new you.
Repairing homes, restoring hearts. Whether you’re in college, mid-career or retired,
Appalachia Service Project will help you create
bond with your group and get to know the
an experience that’s just right for you.
family you are serving. You will be completely
immersed in Appalachian culture. And the
Your group can opt to volunteer for a week
Best of all, you’ll have plenty of time to
or a weekend. Either way, you’ll stay in a
connections you make here will enrich both
climate-controlled ASP center with bunk beds
you and your Appalachian family for the rest
and hearty meals. And have a chance to enjoy
of your lives.
the cooler temperatures and stunning scenery
that come in fall, winter and spring (summers
will grow a little tougher, your arms a little
are reserved for youth programs).
stronger, and your relationship with God a
whole lot deeper. And you’ll return home to
But this is no trip to the spa. You’ll roll
After a few days of hard work, your hands
up your sleeves and lay shingles, replace
your community with a passion for service,
linoleum, build handicapped ramps. If you have
a renewed compassion for other people, and
construction experience, you’ll be matched with
a fresh appreciation for your place and purpose
jobs that suit your skills.
in this world.
And even if you have no building experience
Because when you put your faith in
at all, our staff will show you the ropes—help-
action, God acts in your heart. When you
ing you develop skills you didn’t even know
change the lives of others, they have a way
of changing you.
I was the only one in our group who knew exactly how When we got there,
to frame the roof that needed to be repaired. It was like the Lord knew what Jim and his family needed, and He sent me.
— ASP adult volunteer
Poverty, potential and a preacher named Tex In 1969, Rev. Glenn “Tex” Evans—a United Methodist minister—became one of the first people to connect the energy of youth with the deep needs of the poor. As part of his already thriving outreach to the people of Appalachia, he recruited 50 teens and adult volunteers to repair homes. They worked on-site during the day and worshipped in the evenings. By summer’s end, four families had safe, warm homes for the winter, fifty young lives had been changed forever—and a forty-year-long legacy was born. But Tex was more than a leader; he was a born motivator. A true student of Appalachian culture and a legendary storyteller, he set the tone for what ASP is today: an extended family where laughter is king. Where relationships matter. And where changing the lives of families and volunteers alike is the highest priority of all.
Good times and timeless rewards.
Where we serve Volunteer Centers and Year-Round Centers in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and West
Areas where ASP currently serves
Areas of future expansion
opportunities for worship, reflection and
school teens converge on the Appalachian
Mountains, bringing boundless energy.
And spreading tons of hope.
afternoon, put in five days of home repair, and
leave on Saturday morning. But be prepared
That’s because ASP provides one of the
Your group will show up on a Sunday
most rewarding structured, short-term service
to leave a good piece of your heart behind.
opportunities for church youth in the nation—
in a program that is completely turn-key,
program— forging friendships is as important
from meals to lodging to tools and materials
as swinging hammers. In fact, we like to call
to evening gatherings. Leave the logistics to
it a relational ministry with construction on
us—and we’ll leave you free to minister to
your young people.
the highlight of their year. From fundraising to
First, your group will be well prepared
Because ASP is far more than a building
For many church youth programs, ASP is
for its week of service with study materials
roof-raising, it’s a unifying activity that rallies
on everything from Appalachian culture to
the whole church to support its young people.
basic construction skills.
And inspires the kids to get more involved in
Your youth will be housed in one of
ASP’s several base camps—often a school
or community center rented for the summer
the most self-absorbed young people a heart
to put you closer to Appalachia’s remote
for service. And it lays the groundwork for a
communities. But wherever the location,
lifetime of service that will benefit the youth,
you’ll never be without strong leadership,
their church and their communities for the
three meals a day, and unparalleled
rest of their lives.
But far more importantly, ASP gives even
Every day at ASP you are challenged in unexpected ways. I remember several instances where I was unsure if I could accomplish some task, but what over-rode it every time was the presence and faith of the rest of my crew, the belief of the family we were working with
ASP runs both Summer
Every year, more than 13,000 high
Year Round Centers
I was permanently transformed by my volunteer experience. — ASP volunteer
and a knowledge that God was present with us all.
The height of beauty,
the depths of poverty. How can a region so rich in natural resources
a ray of hope. With help from volunteers like
be so poor?
you, we repair more homes than any agency
working in Appalachia.
You can’t build factories on mountainsides.
You can’t plant crops. And for more than a hun-
dred years, large corporations have extracted
homes “warmer, safer and drier.” And for
Appalachia’s natural resources while putting
more than 40 years, we’ve done exactly that
little back in the form of taxes or community
for 14,000 families.
one in ten families who apply to us for help.
The result is that jobs are few and far
We like to say that our goal is to make
Yet for all that, we are only able to serve
between. For many of these families, their
We need many, many more volunteers to make
modest houses—handed down from generation
a lasting dent in Appalachian poverty.
to generation—are the only real possession
In other words, we need you.
Your volunteer work will give a special
family some financial breathing room to
But houses need maintenance. And main-
tenance costs money. When you are having to
concentrate on more important things. Like
choose between between buying food or medi-
feeding their kids. Looking for work. And
cine for your family, fixing a hole in the roof
making plans for the future.
becomes a low priority.
lives and remind them that compassion knows
As a result, the homes are crumbling. Walls
Best of all, your presence will touch their
buckle. Roofs leak. And sagging floors pose
no boundaries. And that not even the highest
hazards to the elderly and the very young.
hills and deepest hollows can separate them
from God’s love.
Into this bleak environment, ASP shines
ASP transformed me from an inactive member of a church to a highly active and visible member of the church.
ASP has had a huge impact on the direction my life has taken since my first trip in 2004. — ASP adult volunteer
In the Central Appalachian region where we serve: • Poverty is more than double the national average • One in four lives below the poverty level—105,000 children, 195,000 adults, and 35,000 elderly • 62,500 homes are substandard • 19,000 homes lack adequate kitchens • 21,000 homes lack complete plumbing • Nearly half of the families have annual household incomes below $20,000
Sign up today.
Share God’s love tomorrow. Volunteer for Appalachia Service Project, and you’ll find fun. You’ll find inspiration. And ultimately, you’ll find yourself.
If you volunteer for the Adult Program, you’ll
come away with your faith on fire and a sense of accomplishment that can’t be matched by any nine to five job.
If you’re in high school, you’ll come home
feeling closer to your friends, more committed to your church, and more excited about your place and your potential in the body of Christ.
If you’re a youth leader, you’ll know the joy
of seeing your young people transform before your eyes. And you’ll rekindle your own passion to serve.
Appalachia Service Project takes adult volunteer
applications all year round. For the youth program, we begin taking applications in September for the following summer. And the earlier your group applies, the higher priority your registration will receive.
So log on to www.BuildANewYou.org today. And
discover for yourself what 250,000 ASP volunteers already know:
The most important thing you’ll build in
Taking the next step Apply now at www.BuildANewYou.org or email GetStarted@BuildANewYou.org. Adult volunteer applications are accepted year round. Youth groups may register beginning September 1 for the following year. Sign up now! How you can give more than your time. ASP’s work is funded only partially by volunteer fees—the rest must come from donations. Please give generously. To give a gift by check: Make check payable to Appalachia Service Project, Inc. and mail to: 4523 Bristol Highway Johnson City, TN 37601
Appalachia is you.
To donate by phone: (866) 998- 3907 To give online: www.BuildANewYou.org/Give
Appalachia Service Project (ASP) is a Christian ministry, open to all people. This means that no matter where you come from, no matter what organization, church or denomination you belong to, you will always find open arms at ASP. Whether you are a volunteer or one of the Appalachian families we serve, we accept you for who you are. We look forward to welcoming you into our family.
www.BuildANewYou.org Appalachia Service Project, Inc. 4523 Bristol Highway Johnson City, TN 37601 Phone (423) 854-8800 GetStarted@BuildANewYou.org
Published on Apr 13, 2010
Appalachia Service Project (ASP) provides one of the most rewarding structured service opportunities in the nation -- bringing thousands of...