June 26 – July 4
Jesse Lee ASP hopes to take volunteers down to Appalachia again in late June/early July for a
week of meaningful home repair. Currently there is a lot of uncertainty because of COVID
and the safety of our volunteers is always the top priority. A decision will be made this spring as to whether the concerns are too great to travel to Appalachia. As an alternate plan, Jesse Lee ASP is exploring possible local opportunities for home repair services. We will only proceed with a project if we can ensure all necessary safety precautions are met.
While the specific plans for the summer are not determined, we need to begin signing-up and
training volunteers. If we are able to make a trip happen this year, it’s important to prepare our crews for where we might be going, what to expect, what work we’ll be doing, and how to do it all safely. Online monthly training sessions will begin soon to review the ASP guiding principles of safety, stewardship and sensitivity.
For now, there’s no cost to express interest in volunteering.
ASP 2021 Plans
In order to be eligible to participate in this year’s trip, volunteers must do the following:
- Sign Up to provide us with your contact information
- Attend a Zoom informational meeting
- Watch the orientations and complete the accompanying questions
Later in the spring when we determine what the trip will look like, a full registration with payment will be required.
Zoom Information Meeting
We will be conducting Zoom meetings to learn about ASP, the trip and our plans for this year. All participants, regardless of whether or not you have gone before, should attend ONE of the following information sessions:
- February 8
- February 10
- February 23
- February 25
The meetings run from 7:00-8:00 PM. Use the zoom link below to log into the session.
During a normal year, in preparation for the trip, Jesse Lee ASP would conduct orientation and skill trainings at the church. Due to the current COVID environment, we are not permitted to have in-person activities, however, we are hoping to resume them in some form later this spring. In the meantime, we will have three online orientation sessions to learn about the Appalachian culture as well as the “Three S’s” – safety, sensitivity and stewardship. These mandatory virtual meetings will be scheduled during March and April.
Traditionally skills training takes place during the months of April and May. With the uncertainty of our plans due to COVID, we have postponed in-person skills training until a definitive course of action is decided.
More information will follow once our plans are determined.
The national ASP organization has added a number of COVID safety protocols for this summer’s trip including: limiting the number of volunteers who can stay at its “centers”; requiring that masks be worn unless volunteers are eating, sleeping or showering; and prioritizing exterior home repairs, like roof and siding replacements.
For more details, please check out the links below: