Bishop to Bless Our ASP Volunteers

This Sunday, June 24, Bishop Thomas Bickerton of the New York Conference will be leading the 9:30 worship service at Jesse Lee, and would like to meet and bless all of our ASP volunteers.

In the United Methodist Church, we don’t have a pope or cardinals, but each region does have a presiding bishop. The 450+ churches in our region are presided over by Bishop Bickerton. He is a dynamic, inspirational speaker, and he’s warm and friendly.

Even if you usually go to a different church–or no church in particular, you are invited to join us. Please dress casually.

Caitlyn and Alexa will Serve on ASP Summer Staff

  Jesse Lee is excited to announce that two of our longtime volunteers, Caitlyn Brandon (right) and Alexa Dragon (left), have been hired by Appalachia Service Project to work as summer staffers this year. 

  This will actually be Caitlyn’s second year on staff. She was the volunteer coordinator in Lincoln County, West Virginia, last summer. Her job included working with all of the group leaders who brought volunteers to work during the seven-week program. Caitlyn is just wrapping up her sophomore year at Georgetown University and is looking forward to being back in Central Appalachia this summer. She has been tapped to be the Center Director for Cocke County, Tennessee.

  Alexa will be a newcomer to staff, but she is no stranger to ASP. After volunteering with Jesse Lee during her sophomore, junior, and senior years of high school, she returned with us as a young adult volunteer last year. Her sophomore year at Clemson University is winding down, and she is very excited for the summer.

  Each county usually has four staffers. The operations coordinator makes sure the center runs smoothly. They are in charge of the meals, the vehicles, and cleanliness of the center. The finance coordinator takes care of all the money. That includes making sure that supplies are ordered and keeping the projects within budget. The volunteer coordinator communicates with all the groups before they come and while they are there. They collect all the paperwork and keep the center’s social media up to date. Then, there is the center director who manages the rest of the staff.

  Alexa won’t know her position or the county she’ll be assigned until the staff training week at the end of May.

  We’re excited for Caitlyn and Alexa, we support them fully, and we look forward to hearing all their stories!

ASP 35 for 35

In honor of our 35 continuous years of building relationships and making homes warmer, safer, and drier through the Appalachia Service Project, Jesse Lee announces, ASP 35 for 35.

We are hoping that our past participants and other supporters would make a gift of $35 (or more) toward this outreach.  Our goal is to have 1000 donors and to raise $35,000, enough to build two new homes for underprivileged families, or whatever the ASP leaders deem the greatest need.

Please use this link to make your gift.  If we exceed our $35,000 goal, the additional funds will support broader youth mission projects.  Thanks for your generosity and support in building principled youth who love, care and serve.