Informational Meeting for New Volunteers

High-school teens and adults can attend an information session on Wed., Jan. 26 offering details about a meaningful week of volunteer home-repair this summer through Jesse Lee Appalachia Service Project (ASP).

This no-obligation meeting will introduce students and their parents – and any other interested adults – to the Appalachia Service Project overall, and especially to the developing plan for the local ASP group’s week of work June 25-July 3. As planned, volunteers can choose between traveling to repair homes in Appalachia or working on local Fairfield County houses.

The one-hour information session will start at 7:30 p.m. at Jesse Lee Memorial United Methodist Church, 207 Main St. Meet in the sanctuary.

ASP is a national Christian volunteer organization founded by Rev. Glenn “Tex” Evans, a Methodist minister, in 1969. Since then, more than 410,000 volunteers from across the nation have participated in weeklong mission trips to make more than 18,000 homes in West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina “warmer, safer and drier.”

Jesse Lee ASP is open to anyone who will have completed their freshman year of high school. Adults are encouraged to volunteer – both those who have teens participating and those who don’t. You don’t have to be a member of Jesse Lee or any church, you don’t have to live in Ridgefield, and you don’t need to be an expert with a hammer to volunteer. Basic construction skills and safety rules are taught in training sessions prior to going on ASP. There’s also a fund-raising component. And it helps if you like ice cream.

This is the 38th year for Jesse Lee ASP, which recently grew to become the second-largest local ASP organization in the U.S. In 2019 (the most-recent pre-COVID year), 281 teens and adults worked to repair homes in three counties in West Virginia and Kentucky.