Basic Skills Training for First-Timers

Anyone who has not been on ASP before is required to attend a 2-hour in person session that will include brief lectures and demonstrations on work site safety. It will also include instruction and supervised individual practice on the safe use of the circular saw, power drill, and hammer. These sessions are held rain or shine in the back parking lot of Jesse Lee Church.

Everyone needs to wear proper work site attire: long pants, a shirt that tucks in (no sleeveless shirts; no low necklines), work boots (no sneakers).  Additionally, all volunteers must wear a face mask. If you have long hair, please tie it back. Participants with improper attire will be sent home.

Everyone needs to bring a 16 oz. claw hammer, a 12′ or longer retractable tape measure, pencil, speed square, wonder bar, a pair of safety glasses and a pair of work gloves. 

You will need to turn in your Jesse Lee ASP Waiver & ASP Volunteer forms prior to participating in Basic Skills.  If you have not done so, please attend one of the Form Signing Drop In meetings listed in the events tab above or download the forms below and bring the signed copy with you to the session.

Jesse Lee Waiver & ASP Forms

Basic skills sessions will be held at Jesse Lee Church and are offered on the following dates:

Saturday, April 24
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
12:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Sunday, May 2
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Saturday, May 1
12:30 PM -2:30 PM

Saturday, May 8
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Contact: Nik Parker, 203-788-6704

Basic Skills Sign Ups


Registration Fee

The actual cost of food, lodging, transportation, and building supplies is about $650 per person, but we don’t charge you that much to participate. The remainder will be realized through stock sales and car washes.

  • Payments made by February 11 will be discounted to $270.
  • Payments made between February 12 and March 4 will be charged the normal fee of $285.
  • Payments made after March 4 will incur a $15 late fee for a total of $300.

Registration fees must be paid online at the end of the registration process. Payments are fully refundable up to April 1.

Registration Forms

Registration forms will be distributed at the New Person Information Meeting and the Rally, or they can be downloaded from our website. One of these forms needs to be notarized, which can be done in advance or with our notary at the meetings. You are not registered until your forms are turned in. They are required prior signing up for any skills training and car washes.


All ASP volunteers are required to attend and participate in all of our pre-trip orientations.

Due to the current COVID environment, we are not permitted to have large in-person activities. To satisfy the orientation requirement, volunteers must attend three online programs to learn about the Appalachian culture as well as the “Three S’s” – safety, sensitivity and stewardship.  Each of the three sessions will be offered twice; you only need to attend one.  The interactive meetings will begin promptly at 7:30 and last approximately one hour. 

The dates are as follows:

  • Orientation 1 – March 17th and March 22nd
  • Orientation 2 – April 21st and April 26th
  • Orientation 3 – May 12th and May 17th

Contact: Deb Ahle, 203-438-6782

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Apply for a Wheelchair Ramp

Apply for a Wheelchair Ramp

As part of our volunteers’ construction training, we build prefabricated wheelchair ramp sections. The work is supervised by skilled tradespeople and the ramps are well made. They can be used in different combinations to accommodate most homes. Once they are completed, we donate them to individuals and families who need them.

Our wheelchair ramps are available for pick-up in Ridgefield, Connecticut. We have a group of volunteers who may be able to deliver the ramps, or help with installation, to towns in this area, based on their availability.

To see our wheelchair ramp schematics, download this PDF file.