2018 ASP Dates are Announced

  Just one month after returning from a very successful ASP, Jesse Lee is excited to announce the dates for our 2018 trip and orientations. It will be our 35th year!

  The introductory meeting will be on Thursday, February 1. This is an informational gathering for anybody who would like to know more about the challenges facing the people of Appalachia and how our group helps.

  The 2018 rallies will be held on Wednesday, February 21, and Tuesday, February 27. You can come either night. It’s your first opportunity to pay your registration fee (at a discount) and turn in your forms.

  Orientation 1 will be held on the nights of Wednesday, March 21, and Tuesday, March 27. Orientation 2 will be held Wednesday, April 25, and Tuesday, May 1. Orientation 3 will be held on the evening of Tuesday, June 5, only.

  Dates for “ASP T-shirt Day,” skills training, car washes, and other meetings will be announced at a later time.

  The trip will take place June 30 – July 8, 2018.

Petros Papadopoulos wins the John Ward Award

  Petros Papadopolous, a recent graduate of Ridgefield High School, is the first winner of the John Ward “Love in Action” Award, a $1000 scholarship presented by Jesse Lee ASP. The award was established this year in honor of John Ward’s 30th trip with the Appalachia Service Project and to recognize his longtime, passionate pursuit of serving others. Applicants need to have been on our trip at least once, demonstrate a commitment to community service, and be enrolled in an accredited college or university for the fall semester.

  Petros first came on ASP as a freshman and viewed community service as something that would look really good on his college application. But after spending a week on ASP, that mindset changed when he saw how his crew’s efforts affected their homeowner. In his application, he wrote, “I wondered whether my community service … would really change anything, (but) I’ve learned…Not only does community service allow me to make a significant impact on others…it makes a significant impact on me.”

  In addition to ASP, Petros is an active member of Lion’s Heart National Service Organization, an officer with Ridgefield Music and Arts Center, an acolyte and member of the volunteer committee at his church, and one of the best place kickers the Ridgefield Tigers have ever had. He has been on ASP with us twice and has served on our orientation team the last three years, despite not being able to go on the trip that last two.

  Petros will be attending Northeastern University in the fall to major in computer science.