Appalachian Service Project
United Methodist Church
Appalachia Service Project Lilly Fellows live and serve together in rural Appalachia, working to eradicate substandard housing while listening for God’s calling in their lives. Fellows serve for a year in teams of four at ASP’s sites along with a Center Supervisor, coordinating more than 1,000 volunteers as they help 40-50 families live in homes that are warmer, safer, and drier. Fellows also challenge themselves to hear and respond to God’s call on their lives, by participating in a supportive Fellows community, guided discernment activities, and personal mentoring.
Roles may include leading summer students, construction, communications, driving, food preparation, financial or project management.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are reviewed the 1st of each month.
September 1, 2014 and run through August 24, 2015
Kentucky, West Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia
Funding and Benefits
|Stipend||$325/month (year long positions)|
|AmeriCorps Education Awards||End of year Award of $5,500 (this award is subject to completion of the 12-month term)|
|Other financial benefits||N/A|
|Housing||Private room with shared living and dining areas, WiFi, laundry, utilities|
|Intentional living community||Yes. Expectations: To live in Christian community and obey house rules.|
|Board||Free meals available when volunteers present; adjusted stipend to offset weeks without volunteers|
|Transportation||An ASP vehicle may be used for ASP official purposes|
|Other benefits||Weather days: Center Supervisor will have the authority to close the center at any time due to inclement weather|
Mission and Distinctives
Appalachia Service Project is a Christian ministry, open to all people, that inspires hope and service through volunteer home repair in Central Appalachia.
Appalachia Service Project’s vision is that substandard housing in Central Appalachia will be eradicated and that everyone who comes into contact with this ministry will be transformed.
- We believe that each person is a child of God imbued with dignity and worth
- We accept people right where they are and just the way they are.
- We believe that affordable, safe, sanitary housing is a basic human right.
- We are committed to witness through the good quality of our work and careful stewardship of our resources.
- We believe God calls volunteers to serve others as partners in ministry and we will encourage their growth in faith as they are involved in this service.
- We believe where ASP is involved in local communities we will encourage, affirm, and support social and economic justice
- 18 years old
- College graduate or of similar life experience
- Desire to work in a Christian environment
- Desire to live simply as part of an intentional community
- Valid driver’s license and record that is acceptable to ASP’s insurer
- Excellent communication skills
- Highly motivated, problem solver, organized
ASP was founded by a United Methodist minister and is a Christian organization. As a Christian ministry committed to “faith in action,” we believe it is important to start and end the day by gathering to give thanks to God. Applicants should have an interest in spirituality, certainly. At the same time, ASP is open to all people. This means that no matter where you come from, no matter what organization, school, or business you belong to, you will always find open arms at ASP.