Jesse Lee Church is preparing to dispatch the largest number of volunteers in the 34-year history of their Appalachia Service Project program. There are at least 200 youth and adults planning to help make home warmer, safer, and drier this summer. The best estimate of the final number is 205, but that could fluctuate based on what some of the college students hear about summer internships and certain other factors.
Jesse Lee began sending volunteers to ASP in 1984, with a corps of 11. Participation has increased since, with last year’s count tying the 2015 record of 183 volunteers. The organizers are excited about the possibility of breaking 200 this year and look forward to being in the mid-200’s within a couple years.
According to ASP, only the Greenfield Hill Congregational Church out of Fairfield, CT, has a larger group of volunteers. They are planning to send 294 people this summer, their 39th year!
Jesse Lee’s volunteers will be serving in Wyoming (Guyan Valley) and Nicholas Counties in West Virginia; Boyd County, Kentucky; and Wise County (St. Paul), Virginia. They depart on Saturday, July 1, and return on Sunday, July 9.