High-school teens and adults can attend an information session on Wed., Jan. 25 offering details about a meaningful week of volunteer home-repair this summer with the Jesse Lee Appalachia Service Project (ASP).
This no-obligation meeting will introduce students and their parents – and any other interested adults – to the Appalachia Service Project overall, and especially to the developing plan for Jesse Lee ASP’s 39th year: a mission trip July 1-9.
The one-hour information session will start at 7:30 p.m. at Jesse Lee Memorial United Methodist Church, 207 Main St. Meet in the sanctuary.
ASP is a national Christian volunteer organization founded by Rev. Glenn “Tex” Evans, a Methodist minister, in 1969. Since then, more than 420,000 volunteers from across the nation have participated in weeklong mission trips to make more than 18,500 homes in West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina “warmer, safer and drier.”
Jesse Lee ASP is open to anyone who will have completed their freshman year of high school this summer. Adults are encouraged to volunteer – both those who have teens participating and those who don’t. You don’t have to be a member of Jesse Lee or any church, you don’t have to live in Ridgefield, and you don’t need to be an expert with a hammer to volunteer. Basic construction skills and safety rules are taught in training sessions prior to going on ASP. There’s also a fund-raising component. And it helps if you like ice cream.
You don’t have to pre-register for the Jan. 25 information session.
Previous ASP volunteers need not attend the Jan. 25 information meeting. However, they should plan to attend one of the two required “first orientation” meetings – choose between Wed., Feb. 8 and Tues., Feb. 14.
For more details, go online to www.jesseleeasp.org or call Deb Ahle (203-438-6782) or Dave Sigworth (203-438-7501).