Appalachia Service Project – Youth Ministry


TRIP DATES – July 20 to July 27, 2024

Friday July 19, Saturday July 27 and Sunday July 28


Help needed to pick-up, clean-up and drop-off vans – For parents not going on the trip, this is a great way to show support for the many adult leaders who used a week of their vacation time to be on ASP!

CLICK HERE to Help with Vans

Saturday, July 20


Check in at the NW corner of the St. Giles Parking Lot.

  • 8:00 am – Last Names A-J
  • 8:30 am – Last Names K-Z
  • 9:00 am – Blessing and Group Photo

Saturday, July 27


Targeting 7:00 pm for return to St. Giles Parking Lot.

  • Parents! – Do not park in St. Giles Parking Lot for pick-up, vans will pull in there in procession.
  • Adult Leaders! – Remember to top off gas tank prior to return to Oak Park.

Essential Information


Heroes Crew List (PDF)

Villains Crew List (PDF)

Van Assignments – Kanawha (PDF)

Van Assignments – Fayette (PDF)

Individual Packing List (PDF)

Group Packing List (PDF)

Itinerary (PDF)

Required Reading All Volunteers (PDF)

Adult Leader Best Practices (PDF)

ASP Construction Manual – Circa 2022 (PDF)

Uploading ASP 2024 Photos (PDF)

ASP’s Volunteer Covenant


As a Volunteer with Appalachia Service Project, I agree:

  • To familiarize myself with and abide by ASP’s Expectations, Rules and Regulations, Anti-Harassment Policy, and dress code.
  • To work safely and report to the staff any behavior or situation that I deem unsafe.
  • To be open-minded and work to build meaningful relationships with the homeowners I serve and the volunteers and staff members that I interact with at the center.
  • To interact appropriately with community members and other groups at my center, understanding that I am representing Appalachia Service Project.
  • To utilize resources in a stewardly fashion.
  • To maintain a clean facility by completing the chores assigned to my group.

HEROES:

  • The Heroes crews have been assigned to Kanawha Center in Charleston, West Virginia. Key information (i.e., showers, AC, etc.) about this center facility and Kanawha County can be found on the ASP website at: https://asphome.org/centers/wvkanawha/
  • The Kanawha Center staff will be posting weekly updates to the center’s group page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ASPKanawhaWV/ – This is a great way to track the projects we might be working on and to look at other volunteers’ photos from the center – Hashtag #ASPKanawha

VILLAINS:

  • The Villains crews have been assigned to Fayette Center in Ansted, West Virginia. Key information (i.e., showers, AC, etc.) about this center facility and Fayette County can be found on the ASP website at: https://asphome.org/centers/wvfayette/
  • The Fayette Center staff will be posting weekly updates to the center’s group page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ASPFayetteWV/ – This is a great way to track the projects we might be working on and to look at other volunteers’ photos from the center – Hashtag #ASPFayette

About Our Appalachia Service Project 2024


The Appalachia Service Project theme for 2024: Building Kindness – Our theme comes from Ephesians 4:32 – “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ, God forgave you.” (NIV)

At ASP we build lots of things – we build new homes, we build relationships, we build community. During Formation and our mission trip this summer we will explore our theme of Building Kindness. This is an intentional way of life where we give of ourselves in love and compassion to others. We do this with a servant heart, in humility, and we offer kindness with no expectation of receiving anything in return.

Let’s consider Building Kindness not as a series of random acts but as the potential to become a radical way of living.

  • Kindness should be extended to everyone.
  • Kindness requires us to notice the needs around us and act.
  • Kindness and forgiveness are deeply intertwined- to be kind, we must be willing to forgive even when it’s difficult.
  • Kindness is embodied in small, simple gestures that show love and humility.
  • Kindness often means including those who are ostracized or marginalized.
  • Kindness is shared through words that heal and comfort.

ASP’s Mission & Vision


Vision – Appalachia Service Project is a Christian ministry, open to all people, that inspires hope and service through volunteer home repair and replacement in Central Appalachia.

Mission – Appalachia Service Project envisions the eradication of substandard housing in Central Appalachia and the transformation of everyone who comes in contact with this ministry.

Communication and Coordination


There is nothing more effective than having our ASP group on the same page and moving towards the same life-changing goals. To adequately prepare for this trip together, communication and coordination is key.

  • Our primary methods of communication will be email, texts and Flocknotes. Please be sure to check regularly for any updates about our trip, your individual status, and any changes that may arise.
  • All changes, updates, and information will be posted on this ASP page.
  • Please contact Chris Goetz at asp@stgilesparish.org if you have any questions or concerns.

ASP Donations and Payments


Please help support ASP! – We appreciate any support, if you’d rather donate directly to ASP at St. Catherine of Siena – St. Lucy and St. Giles click on this link:

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