RIDGEFIELD – Mandatory meetings begin this month for high-school teens and adults interested in volunteering for a meaningful week of home-repair this summer with the Jesse Lee Appalachia Service Project (ASP).
The first of the monthly orientation meetings leading up to the July 1-9 trip will be offered Wed., Feb. 8 and repeated Tues., Feb. 14. You only need to attend one. They’re from 6:30-9 p.m. at Jesse Lee Memorial United Methodist Church, 207 Main St.
ASP is a national Christian volunteer organization founded by Rev. Glenn “Tex” Evans, a Methodist minister, in 1969. Since then, more than 420,000 volunteers from across the nation have participated in weeklong mission trips to make more than 18,500 homes in West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina “warmer, safer and drier.”
Now in its 39th year, Jesse Lee ASP is open to anyone who will have completed their freshman year of high school this summer. 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 down to Appalachia.
Parents and other adults of all skill levels are especially needed so that all teens who volunteer can participate.
Learn more and register online at www.jesseleeasp.org.
Additionally, Jesse Lee will again offer a local “at-home” home-repair program July 2-7. There will be one mandatory orientation meeting: attend either Feb. 28 or March 8. Learn more at www.jesseleeathome.org.