This is a youth-focused, outreach ministry trip, but it would not be possible
without our dedicated, fun-loving and well-trained adult leaders.
Jesse Lee ASP-experienced adults: Our returning adult volunteers are the backbone of this wonderful, life-changing event — your dedication, leadership and spirit make it happen. God bless you!
New adult volunteers: The fresh perspective and enthusiasm of our new adult volunteers gives us a host of ideas every year. But we do not send you off without equipping you. There is training, orientation, team building, fund-raising, and bonding that happens in every activity we sponsor to prepare all participants to act as a team, use their skills and talents and share our love for each other and the Appalachian families we serve on the trip. It is imperative that our adult volunteers are full participants in each activity that leads up to the trip.
College-age, young adults: If you participated with Jesse Lee ASP during high school and you would like to continue the adventure, we would like to welcome you in your new role as a young adult volunteer.
Registration forms will be distributed at the New Person Information Meeting and the Rally, or they are available via a PDF download.
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Download the College Student Volunteer Forms
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.
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 before the 2018 Rallies will be discounted to $250.
- Payments made after February 27 will be charged the normal fee of $265.
- Payments made after March 27 will incur a $25 late fee for a total of $290.
Checks can be made payable to “Jesse Lee ASP Group.” Or, if you prefer, you can pay online with a credit card (processing fees apply). Payments are non-refundable after April 1.
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.
All ASP volunteers are required to attend and participate in all of our pre-trip orientations. You will receive training on work site safety and cultural sensitivity.
Contact: Deb Ahle, 203-438-6782
Basic Skills Training for First-Timers
Anyone who has not been on ASP before is required to attend a 2-hour 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.
Special Information for College Students
We know that being away at college makes it very difficult to attend 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.
Wheelchair Ramp Building
All ASP participants are required to participate in a wheelchair ramp building session. This six-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.
Senior Skills Training
Youth and adults who have participated in ASP for at least two years have the opportunity to replace wheelchair ramp building with senior skills training.
ASP participants are required to work at two car washes prior to the trip. Car washes are held on Saturdays between March 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.
Everyone participating in ASP is expected to sell 25 shares of $10 “ASP Stock.” The first 11 shares of stock should be turned in at Orientation 1. The remainder at Orientation 2.
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 30, at 6:30 PM. We will gather for departure at 7:30 AM on Saturday, July 1. Be sure to bring a lunch.