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.
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 can be found on our Forms page.
All ASP volunteers are required to attend and participate in all of our pre-trip orientations.
To satisfy the orientation requirement, volunteers must attend all four orientation programs to learn about the Appalachian culture and local poverty as well as the “Three S’s” – safety, sensitivity and stewardship. Each of the first three sessions will be offered twice – you only need to attend one. The final orientation will only be offered once. At this time, orientations are scheduled to be in-person.
The dates are as follows:
- Orientation 1 – February 8th and February 14th
- Orientation 2 – March 22rd and March 28th
- Orientation 3 – April 26th and May 2rd
- Orientation 4 – June 7th – Only one date for this orientation
Contact: Deb Ahle, 203-240-1864
Basic Skills Training for First-Timers
Anyone who has not been on ASP before is required to attend a 2.5-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. Click “read more” to get additional information and sign up.
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 3 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. Click “read more” to get additional information and sign up.
ASP participants are required to work a car washes prior to the trip. Car washes are held on Saturdays in the front driveway of Jesse Lee, with two shifts: 10:30 AM – 1:45 PM, and 1:30 PM – 4:45 PM. Click “read more” to get additional information and sign up.
Everyone participating in ASP is expected to sell 25 shares of $10 “ASP Stock.”
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 evening at 6:30 PM. We will gather for departure at 7:30 AM on Saturday. Be sure to bring a lunch.