Registration is Closed

General registration for Jesse Lee ASP 2019 is now closed.

If you are a college student with previous ASP experience, please contact us at jesseleeasp@gmail.com to inquire further as to whether there are opportunities to join us.

Registration

Registration is done online. You will need to have all of your information handy before you start, including: personal data, emergency contacts, medical history (including tetanus shot date), insurance information and credit card/banking details.

If you are going to be serving with Jesse Lee ASP locally, please register here:

 
If you are going to be serving with Jesse Lee ASP down in Appalachia, please register here:
 
 
If you have not already done so, please remember to print out the two forms that require signatures. We will have Form Drop Off Meetings where you can come and deliver your completed forms. You cannot do any skill training until your forms are signed and turned in.
 

If you have questions regarding registration, you may contact us at jesseleeasp@gmail.com

Senior Skills Training

Youth and adults who have participated in ASP for at least one year have the opportunity to replace wheelchair ramp building with senior skills training.

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). Participants with improper attire will be sent home. Everyone needs to bring a 16 oz. hammer, a pair of safety glasses, a pair of work gloves, a tape measure, and a pencil. Lunch will be provided.

At the orientations, you will hear about this year’s “senior skills” projects.  

Senior Skills will be held on the following dates:
Saturday, March 7
Saturday, April 4
Saturday, May 2
Saturday, June 6

Volunteers should meet in the Jesse Lee parking lot at 8:45 a.m.  The estimated end time is 5:30 p.m. but could be earlier or later depending on the job.

Contact: John Ward, 475-204-8932

Senior Skills Sign Ups

Special Information for College Students

We know that being away at college makes it very difficult to attend all the orientations and car washes. (That’s why “young adult” leader status is only extended to our veterans.) Don’t worry, we have you covered.

The “young adult” category is tricky, because while it comes with additional privileges, it also comes with additional responsibilities. And yet, we can’t extend quite all the privileges and responsibilities of the older adults.

For example, you aren’t yet old enough to drive the vans, unless it’s an emergency. It’s possible we’ll be putting you on a crew as one of the two adult leaders. You will get to come to all the adult leader meetings at the center. You’ll also have to shower during the adult shower time. You are close to the same age as the youth, so you have a cool factor and they’ll want you to hang out with them–and we want that too. We expect you to know, exemplify, and help enforce the ASP rules, and we will expect the youth to respect your authority the same as any other adult in that regard.

One responsibility that usually falls to the young adults is acting as chaperones in the youth sleeping area during the trips down and back. By counting on you to oversee things, our drivers can be well-rested and our driving time will be safer.

So, we are really glad to have you coming on the trip again! We know that you can’t make it to all the events leading up to the trip, however, if you are home when an activity takes place, we would expect you to be in attendance.

Background Verification

Any adult volunteer (anybody out of high school) needs to submit to a background check once every three years. The background check form and a copy of our policy and procedure is contained within your forms packet.

POLICY

1) All adults (those out of high school at least 1 year) need to submit to a background check every three years.

2) This will be done on the same basis as all other Jesse Lee Memorial UMC background checks.

3) If there is a conviction or plea of no contest for any situation that may disqualify an adult volunteer, then the individual will not be allowed to volunteer with Jesse Lee ASP.

4) If there is a conviction or plea of no contest for a driving related offense or the individual has had a suspended driver’s license within the past 5 years, then the individual will be able to volunteer with Jesse Lee ASP but will NOT be able to drive at any time during the trip.

PROCEDURE

1) Our Forms Director will collect the background verification authorization forms in sealed envelopes.

2) The Forms Director will log in who has turned in an envelope.

3) The Forms Director will give the sealed envelope to the church administrator.

4) The church administrator will run the background check by submitting the info on the forms to the Church’s background check company.

5) The church administrator will mail a copy of the report to the individual and file a copy with Social Security number blacked out in a locked, secure storage.

6) If there is any situation that may disqualify an adult volunteer on the report:
a) The church administrator will inform Jesse Lee’s senior pastor.
b) The senior pastor will contact the individual and tell them that they cannot go on with Jesse Lee’s ASP group.
c) Either the individual or the senior pastor will inform someone on the ASP council that the individual will not be going on ASP. The reason for not going does not need to be disclosed.
d) The senior pastor will make sure that the individual is not on the final list of adults going on the trip.

7) If there is a driving related offense on the report
a) The church administrator will notify one of the ASP council directors.
b) An ASP council director will contact the individual and tell them that they cannot drive on the Jesse Lee ASP trip.
c) The ASP council director will notify the individual’s center leaders that that person cannot drive on the trip.

Packing and Departing

The success of the ASP trip is highly dependent on proper preparation, and that is true for packing. Every participant should download the packing list and follow the instructions carefully.

We will pack the vans on Friday, June 26, at 6:30 PM. We will gather for departure at 7:30 AM on Saturday, June 27. Be sure to bring a lunch.

Do not bring laptops, TVs, stereos or lots of money, If you bring cell phones you may not use them at the work site. Although we do the best we can, we cannot ensure the security of any valuable items at the center.

Laundry facilities are NOT available so bring enough clothes for the entire week. Expect a week of dirt, sweat, paint and tar. Do not pack your favorite shirt or best jeans for work.

Sweatpants, shorts, half shirts, halter tops are not allowed at the work site. All clothing worn at the center must be modest (i.e., no short shorts, halters). Apparel may not display beer/alcohol slogans or obscenities.

Be sure to mark the tools that you bring, because they will tend to look a lot like somebody else’s. The same consideration might be given to your work boots.

How to Pack

Pack two bags: a bag for the week, and an overnight bag for the trip down Saturday and Sunday.

Use a soft duffle bag for your week-bag–no hard-sided suitcases. You will bring your week-bag to Jesse Lee Friday evening before the trip. Make sure that you check in with your crew leader and place your week-bag in a van labeled as going to the county you are assigned. If your bag goes to the wrong county, it cannot be retrieved.

Be sure you have everything in your overnight bag that you will need for Saturday night and Sunday–sleeping clothes, fresh clothes for the morning, tooth brush, deodorant, and so forth. You will not have access to your week-bag until you arrive at the center on Sunday afternoon.

Bring a Lunch

Be sure to bring a lunch that you can eat on the way down Saturday. We stop at a rest stop for lunch, where there is no place to buy food.

Download the Packing List

Stock Sales

Everyone participating in ASP is expected to sell at least 25 shares of $10 “ASP Stock.”

Contact: Karen Doman, 630-251-4320

Here is how you sell ASP stock:

1. Reach Out & Contact People.
Reach out and contact people who might be able to support you for $10. Checks should be made out to “Jesse Lee ASP Group.”

2. Stock Sales Report Form.
Keep track of everybody to whom you sell stock. Record their names and mailing addresses on the form. This form must accompany every check. It’s how we send them the thank you notes, so write legibly.

Download the ASP Stock Sales Report Form

3. Stock Prospectus and Certificate.
Make sure the each person receives a copy of the Stock Certificate.Print the prospectus double-sided and fold it in half for the best presentation.

Download the ASP Stock Certificate
Download the ASP Stock Prospectus

4. People Can Also Buy Stock Online.
People can also buy stock on your behalf online with a credit card. Anybody who uses this option will be able to download the prospectus and certificate themselves. You will not need to record their information on the report form because the online form will capture all the information we will need.

 

If you would like a sample letter/Email that you can send to friends and relatives, feel free to use this text:

Dear Aunt Mable (obviously, change this if your aunt’s name isn’t Mable),

I’m writing to let you know that I will be participating in the Appalachia Service Project this summer. We will be going into the Appalachian region for a week to work on homes and help make them warmer, safer, and drier. We will stay in a center, probably a school, with volunteers from other parts of the U.S. and we will work along side the families who live there.

We’ll be doing stuff like repairing roofs, fixing or replacing floors, installing sheet rock and insulation, painting, digging drainage ditches, building room additions or porches, siding the exterior or perhaps some simple plumbing and electrical work.

To get ready for this trip, each one of us has to spend at least eight hours learning carpentry skills; at least eight hours learning about the people in Appalachia and about living in the center; and at least eight hours fund raising. We have two main fund raising efforts: car washes and stock sales.

You probably guessed that that’s the reason for my letter.

I need to sell at least twenty-five shares of stock in our Project at $10 per share. I’d like you to consider investing in our Project. It is a great way for me to learn and to serve! And, it’s also a way for us to help people who need it. I think that you will find being a part of our Project is a great return on your investment!

Although the Appalachia Service Project volunteers from Ridgefield are from many denominations and faiths, our Project is sponsored by Jesse Lee Memorial United Methodist Church. This means that all donations are tax deductible.

If you would like to invest in our Project by buying one or more shares of stock, please send me $10 for each share you would like to buy. Checks should be made payable to “Jesse Lee ASP Group.” Or, you can go online to www.JesseLeeASP.org and purchase the stock there.

I really appreciate your help because we couldn’t do it without the support of our friends and families.

Thanks, and I’ll try to write more often…

Car Washes

ASP participants are required to work a car wash prior to the trip. Car washes are held on Saturdays in May and June , in the front driveway of Jesse Lee, with two shifts: 10:30 AM – 1:45 PM, and 1:30 PM – 4:45 PM.

Shorts that are not too short and sandals or flip-flops are permitted at car washes. T-shirts need to adhere to the same guidelines as work site T-shirts (long enough to tuck in, no sleeveless shirts, no low necklines).

In case of rain, you might get a message that the car wash has been canceled. If you do not receive a message, you should report at the regular time, as there may be an alternative project for you to work on.

Contact: Bill and Sharon Dornfeld, 203-241-8705

Car Wash Sign Ups

 

Wheelchair Ramp Building

All ASP participants are required to participate in a wheelchair ramp building session. This 3.5-hour session is designed to imitate a standard workday on the ASP trip. Participants will be assigned a work crew based on experience and will assist in the assembly of several segments of a wheelchair ramp.

Participants should bring their own snack and water bottle. 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. Participants with improper attire will be sent home. Everyone needs to bring a 16 oz. hammer, a pair of safety glasses, a pair of work gloves, a tape measure, a speed square, and a pencil.

You will need to turn in your Jesse Lee ASP Waiver & ASP Volunteer forms prior to participating in Basic Skills or Ramp Building.  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

Ramp building sessions will be held on the following dates:

Saturday, May 1
9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Sunday, May 2
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM 

Sunday, May 16
11:00 AM – 2:30 PM
3:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Contact:  Andre Lerchi, 203-918-7499

Ramp Building Sign Ups

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