Build community by volunteering at home, while learning about and supporting the mission of Appalachia Service Project (ASP) in Central Appalachia.
What is ASP at Home?
With ASP@Home you will build community by volunteering at home, while learning about and supporting the mission of Appalachia Service Project in Central Appalachia.
This program is to adapt to the needs of your group. You can spread the activities out over several gatherings or a retreat weekend. The service opportunity you select can be as simple or as involved as you’d like.
ASP is about inspiring hope and service. ASP@Home will offer you a taste of our beautiful Central Appalachian mountains, highlight projects made possible through your partnership, and cheer you on as you build community and volunteer in your local area.
When we gather together we build community, grow faith, and inspire service-minded discipleship. We suggest spending some intentional time gathering as a group to learn more about Appalachia Service Project, the Appalachian region and its people, and how doing good in the community is a part of God’s call to service.
There are many ways you can structure your ASP@Home experience. Here are a few:
- Retreat Weekend – Get your group together for a Friday evening to Sunday retreat, including a 6-8 hour direct service time. Plan on having two Gather sessions and a Sunday worship service.
- 2 Day Model – Get together on a Friday evening for a Gather session, then do your service on Saturday along with two more Gather sessions.
- Several Gathering – Spread your ASP@Home experience over several days, weeks, or month without any overnights. Choose one or more Saturdays for service and plan as many Gather sessions as you’d like.
- ASP@Home Week – Spend a full week in service (Sunday evening through Friday evening). This gives you the opportunity for multiple service days, an ASP Culture Night, an ASP Picnic, and a Friday evening Share Circle.
Whatever option you choose—don’t forget to include time to celebrate your service, the value of gathering together, relationships formed and strengthened, knowledge gained, and funds raised to partner with ASP in providing help and hope to families in need!
To ‘partner’ is to work together to achieve a common goal. Your partnership through ASP@Home provides Appalachia Service Project with the financial resources necessary to perform critical home repairs and replacements for families in need.
By partnering with ASP, you are actively working to eliminate substandard housing in Central Appalachia and transform lives—you are lifting up the tired and the weary, and sharing God’s harvest with our friends and neighbors in Appalachia.
ASP provides you with tools to make online fundraising easy.
See what your funds can do:
- $100 – Repairs or replaces a toilet or sink
- $200 – Updates a family’s porch railings to a safe height @ width between spindles
- $500 – Repairs the drywall & subfloor in conjunction with whole room repairs
- $750 – Replaces subfloor, insulation & floor covering in an entire room
- $1200 – Supplies SBS roof covering to keep a family warm & dry
- $1200 – Provides foam insulation for insulating & weatherizing a family’s home
- $1,500 – Covers an entire house in new vinyl siding
- $2,000 – Provides a new tin roof for a mobile home to keep a family warm & dry
- $2,000 – Provides a family with a wheelchair ramp for accessibility
- $3,000 – Provides a new tin roof on a stick-built home to keep a family warm & dry
- $4,000 – Insulates & weatherizes a family’s home (roof to ground), dramatically reducing energy costs
- $5,000 – Covers the cost of a summer staffer’s salary
- $10,000 – Supports the purchase of newer, safer construction vehicles
- $25,000 Provides an energy-efficient new home to a family with a critical need for replacement housing. ASP homes are mortgage-free gifts of grace, a fresh start for those in need. Your support will be paired with grant funds to provide the final piece of gap funding needed to fully underwrite the cost of a new home.
- $50,000 Provides building supplies & materials for repairing 10 families’ homes
Your group can participate in the service aspect of ASP@Home—whether you are a complete beginner at construction, have done repairs on your own home, or are a general contractor!
Choose the option that works best for your group and don’t hesitate to reach out to the ASP team if you have any questions or would like to talk through your options. You can reach us at (423) 854-8800 or ASPatHome@ASPhome.org.
Step 1: Choose a service opportunity
- Completing home repair/maintenance project(s) for a family in need in your community
- Read through the Home Repair section of the ASP@Home workbook for some special considerations when undertaking construction projects.
- Volunteering at a local food pantry or food bank, or helping prepare/serve a community meal
- Asking which items the local food pantry/food bank needs most and shopping for them—and using it as an opportunity to research food costs
- Working with a local homeless shelter to provide meals
- Leading a game day/night at a local nursing home or Senior Center
- Volunteering with a local organization serving children, seniors, or other at-risk groups
Step 2: Plan Your Project
- Set a project budget, considering supplies, materials, and transportation costs
- Create a timeline for your project
- Communicate your project plans and expectations with your group
Step 3: Complete Your Project!
Step 4: Final Steps & Celebration
- Pick a date and CELEBRATE! – Gather in person or virtually to share stories, thank everyone who participated, and celebrate the impact you’ve had on your community and Appalachia.
- Share an ASP@Home presentation with your group, church, and community.
- Let ASP celebrate with you! Please share with the ASP team about your service experience.
Warmer. Safer. Drier.®
Who is ASP?
Warmer. Safer. Drier.®
ASP volunteers provide high quality home repair for Appalachian families
ASP volunteers and families develop life-long relationships
Everyone who comes into contact with this ministry is transformed
“Sharing our time volunteering at ASP were some of the most rewarding events/years we’ve ever done. The joy you get working with the families, kids and ASP team members is epic! It’s something you will never forget!”Char WellsAdult Volunteer
“Words can't describe the experience I had this week. The fact that our group was able to touch the lives of so many families in Kentucky is amazing. This week I discovered the true meaning of joy through 4 year old Christian at my worksite. I experienced love in action and I am so blessed to have been a part of this trip.”Kat ArenaHigh School Volunteer
“They are a blessing. Wonderful people , with such love. i will never forget them or forget what they've done for me. God bless each and every person involved in ASP. I know they make Him proud and He is smiling at them. Thank you!”Della IsaacsHomeowner
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