Episcopal Diocese of Washington

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Appalachia Service Project


Appalachia Service Project was started 47 years ago by a Methodist minister who saw a sub-standard housing epidemic in central Appalachia. Since its founding, ASP has served over 13,000 families with the help of over 170,000 volunteers. Their goal is to eradicate substandard housing in Appalachia, making homes warmer, safer and drier.

Working directly with the home owners, you’ll help repair their home, bond with your team and the family you’re serving. No prior rehab or construction experience is necessary. 

Additional Details:

  • Adult leaders will lead and work alongside a team of five youth.
  • All participants must complete a mandatory safety training session and kick-off meeting held in the Spring.
  • All adult leaders will have a background check and Safeguarding God's Children completed. 
  • Friends are always welcome.
  • Youth can earn up to 40 hours of service credit for school.
  • Note to congregation: Adult Leader to Youth is 1:5. For everyone 5 kids you must have 1 adult. 

A Note from the bishop

In the spring of 2016, Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde wrote:

In the summer of 2011, St. Alban’s Parish took eight youth and youth leaders to West Virginia to participate in the Appalachia Service Project (ASP), which make homes in rural Appalachia warmer, safer, and drier. In 2014, excited by the experiences their growing contingent of young participants were having, St. Alban’s invited two neighboring parishes—St. Columba’s and St. Margaret’s—to join them, and the following year, they did so. 

This summer, with the addition of participants from Grace Church, Silver Spring, and St. John’s, Norwood, 70 youth and leaders will take part in a program that gives our youth and adults an opportunity to put their faith into action, forge new relationships within the diocese, and maybe learn a little carpentry in the bargain.