For the past 33 years...
...the youth group at Trinity United Methodist Church has taken summer trips to Appalachia to work with Appalachia Service Project (ASP). ASP provides one of the most rewarding structured service opportunities in the nation -- bringing thousands of volunteers from around the country to rural Central Appalachia to repair homes for low-income families. Their goal is to make homes "warmer, safer and drier" for needy families. And for more than 40 years, they've done exactly that for thousands of families.
Since 1969, more than 300,000 volunteers from across the nation have repaired 15,000 homes and, in the process, Appalachian families, volunteers, and staff have been immeasurably blessed.
Today, with the help of 17,000 volunteers each year, our goal remains to make homes warmer, safer and drier for families in need. Yet ASP is more than a home repair program. It also provides a unique framework that fosters transformational experiences for volunteers, families served, and staff -- by building relationships with each other that break down cultural, social and economic barriers. We often hear of significant life changes resulting from the ASP experience: of families renewing their faith in the goodness of others, of people newly motivated to continue their education, of young adults choosing careers of service. No one walks away from the ASP experience unchanged. The results are truly amazing!