Quick Facts about the Appalachia Service Project
- ASP was founded in 1969 by Rev. Tex Evans to make homes warmer, safer & drier for impoverished families living in Central Appalachia.
- Since ASP’s founding, over 300,000 volunteers have repaired more than 15,000 homes.
- Average 16,000 volunteers from more than 30 states each year.
- Serves 31 impoverished communities in Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia & West Virginia.
- Methodist roots, Christian mission, non-sectarian in its programs.
- ASP is only able to assist 1 in 5 families who apply for help. Each year ASP must decline providing assistance to thousands of families who have nowhere else to turn.
- Adult Program operates all months; adult & college groups can serve for several days, a week or more.
- Youth Program operates 7 weeks in the summer (early June to late July); 2 adult group leaders for every 5 youth; minimum age: 14.
- Construction & building experience is helpful, but not required. We try to match you to a project that suits your skill level.
- For more information, visit ASPhome.org
ASP changes lives.
Just a few days at ASP can transform the lives of those who come to serve. Home repair will strengthen you physically while also deepening your relationship with God. After serving with ASP, you’ll return home with a passion for putting your faith into action, a renewed compassion for other people, and a fresh appreciation for your place and purpose in this world. Our volunteers often go on to continue missions work within their local churches and communities. For many, ASP is the catalyst for a lifetime of Christian service.
ASP strengthens churches.
Once your group has completed their first ASP project, it’s likely to become an integral part of your church’s calendar each year. All of the activities surrounding your trip create a buzz that the whole church can rally around. From the planning activities, to the fundraising projects you do to get ready, to the incredible friendships that develop among and between volunteers and the families they serve—bonds are forged throughout your church. Many churches have served with ASP for 20, 30, and even 40 years.
ASP immerses volunteers in the lives of Appalachian families.
ASP is more than a building program – it’s a relationship building ministry. And the bonds formed among volunteers and the Appalachian families we serve are some of the most important aspects of the ASP experience. You will spend a lot of time interacting with the family you are helping, learning about their lives, their struggles, and their faith. You’ll go to give hope and help, to lift their spirits and remind them of God’s love and provision. But you’ll come away with so much more. Through their gratitude, you’ll gain a newfound appreciation for your own blessings. Through their down-to-earth faith, your own faith will grow stronger. Best of all, you’ll discover first-hand that regardless of geography, education, or economic class, we are all equal members of the family of God.
ASP needs more volunteers to help more families.
We like to say that our goal is to make homes “warmer, safer and drier” for low-income families. And for more than 40 years, over 300,000 volunteers have done exactly that for thousands of families. Yet for all that, we are only able to serve 1 in 5 families who apply to us for help. We need many, many more volunteers to truly make a lasting impact on poverty in Appalachia.
When you arrive in Appalachia, ASP provides:
- Housing in an ASP Center – whether it’s a school or community center leased for the summer, or one of our dorm-style year-round centers
- Breakfast, lunch (sandwiches), & dinner
- Construction materials & tools
- Project selection & screening, with matching to group skill level
- Plenty of opportunities for worship & reflection