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.
Hey, past volunteers: you spoke, we listened, and so we’ve made big changes to our meetings this year. NOTE: there will be no rallies, only the four mandatory orientations. And, to eliminate the long lines and waiting, signups for car washes and trainings will be done only online. You will only be able to sign up once you have registered, paid, and turned in all forms. A link will be provided once registration opens.
Registration will be open soon
General registration for Jesse Lee ASP 2020 will begin mid to late January.
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 four of our pre-trip orientations. You will receive training on work site safety, cultural sensitivity and stewardship.
Please note, we will not be having a rally this year so all four orientations are mandatory.
Identical orientations are offered on two separate dates so that you may select the date that best fits your schedule (with the exception of Orientation 4 which is offered only once).
Also new this year – orientations will run from 6:30-9:00 p.m. for new volunteers and from 7:00-9:00 p.m. for volunteers who have participated previously. Please be prompt.
- Orientation 1: February 5 or February 11
- Orientation 2: March 18 or March 24
- Orientation 3: April 29 or May 5
- Orientation 4: June 3 only
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 2.5-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.
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 five-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 13 shares of stock should be turned in at Orientation 2. The remainder at Orientation 3.
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.