United Church of Christ


Appalachia Service Project, Inc. (Johnson City)

Contact: ASP Volunteer Recruitment
  4523 Bristol Highway
  Johnson City, TN 37601
  E-mail: recruitment@asphome.org or rachel.robertson@asphome.org
  Phone: 423.854.4423
  Fax: 423.854.9771
  Web site:  www.ASPhome.org
   Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/AppServProject

Locations:  Opportunities are available in Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

The Appalachian Service Project (ASP)repairs homes for the poorest families in Central Appalachia with the vision that substandard housing in central Appalachia might be eradicated and everyone who comes into contact with this ministry will be transformed.

Project/Focus: (ASP) is a relational ministry that repairs homes for low-income families throughout Central Appalachia (Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia).  The goal is to make homes warmer, safer and drier.

Education/Advocacy Components:  Morning devotions and evening programs provided by staff.  Group leader resources include Study Session with preparation skills and follow up  https://www.asphome.org/volunteer/groupleaderresources/

Time:  Summer - Summer Program - application received until April 15.  Groups volunteer for 5 days, arriving on Sunday and departing on Saturday; Year Round Program - fall, winter, and spring work weeks or weekends available for youth and adults; apply at least two month in  advance.

Group Size:  Maximum capacity is location dependent - 63 to 84.  Groups subdivide into work crews of 7.

Minimum Age:  14 years. (13 if 8th grade completed) Youth Programs for ages 14-18 years.  Year round program available.

Adult to Youth Ratio:  2:5 - Minimum of 2 adults required for each work crew.

Accommodations:  Housing in schools, community buildings or churches on cots or air mattresses w/sleeping bags.  ASP provides meals.  Each group is expected to bring a van for each work team.

Cost: Cost per volunteer per 5-day week is $325 for the summer program.  Cost for the year-round program is $65 per person per work day.

NOTE:  All locations are scheduled at ASP Headquarters in Johnson City, Tennessee via above information.

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First Congregational UCC Freedom Journey (Memphis)

Contact:  Julia Hicks, Director of Mission
  1000 South Cooper Street
  Memphis, TN 38104
  Email:  julia.hicks@firstcongo.com
  Fax:  901.725.8553
  Website:  www.firstcongo.com/

Freedom Journey offers youth groups and interested adults an opportunity to explore issues of justice and peacemaking, Groups explore the unique and rich history of Memphis in order to inspire present and future generation of peacemakers, advocates and activists. Service opportunities are available on-site with our Food Justice Ministries (we offer weekday lunches to about 500 neighbors suffering chronic food insecurity, as well as a companion food pantry).

Project/Focus:  The city of Memphis serves as the setting to explore civil rights history, the legacy of the American Missionary Association and to see how individuals have used spiritual tools and resources to work towards peace.  Freedom Journeys offer creative opportunities to express their experiences through the arts (dance, theater, and visual arts) with our professional partners!  Groups may choose to schedule this into their journey at no extra cost.

Educational/Advocacy Components:  Groups tour museum sites - the National Civil Rights Museum (constructed where Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated), Slavehaven (a stopping point on the underground railroad), the WC Handy Museum on Beale Street, STAX Museum of Soul Music, and Auction Street (where slaves were auctioned) - to absorb this history into their own perspective and motivation.  Groups have options to meet and learn from the many peace and justice and fair labor advocates who have offices at the church to share perspectives on justice work in our day.  Presentations from students who are part of MAGY (Memphis Area Gay Youth), a storyteller who inspires the autobiographical stories that humanize prisoners, and the tragedies memorialized by the Lynching Site Project...all deepen our hearts for the pain caused by prejudice, racism, and poverty.  

Time:  We are willing to work with groups to vary the schedule as needed - with primary opportunities during spring break and summertime.

Group Size:  Up to 40

Minimum Age:  Freedom Journey is best suited for high school, college and adults.

Adult to Youth Ratio:  1:5 for High School groups; No ratio requirement for college groups.

Accommodations:  Our on-site Retreat Center has 40 bunks with shower facilities with Shower facilities and a Simple Meals Self-Serve Kitchen. On-site Hostel Memphis offer private rooms, dorm rooms , a full-service kitchen, linens and towels included, free breakfast and endless coffee, community spaces for relaxing and meeting.  An on-site chef may be privately engaged to prepare meals.  Free WiFi and bicycle rentals available! 

Cost:  The Freedom Journey experience is $250.00 per person for groups of 15 or more; $300 per person for groups of less than 15; which includes professional leadership for all programs & events over a course of 5 days. This cost does not include housing, meals or tour tickets.  Onsite housing options are  1)  Retreat Center at $10.00 per person per night or 2)  Hostel at $25.00 per person per night.  You can review the housing choices at www.hostelmemphis.com.   Onsite meals are also an option and arrangements for these can be made as you are finalizing your journey plans.   

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 Morgan-Scott Project for Cooperative Christian Concerns (Deer Lodge)

Contact: Crystal Tompkins, Executive Director
   P.O. Box 8
  1022 Old Deer Lodge Pike
  Deer Lodge, TN 37726

  Website:  http://morganscottproject.org/
  Phone: 423.965.3131
Registration:  Go to webpage.  Click on "Morgan Soctt work groups" for calendar showing available dates.

Morgan Scott is a faith-based organization established in 1972 to help the low and no-income families in the area with support in their everyday lives.  Morgan Scott provides emergency aid, home repair, food, school supplies, education support for adults, Christmas presents for children, and operates a thrift store.  The goal is to meet each person where they are in their lives and show them Christ's love while working to make their life better.

Project/Focus: Housing repair.  Projects include building ramps, remodeling kitchens and bathrooms, replacing rotten floorings, painting and yard cleaning.

Educational/Advocacy Components:  Evening activities showcase the community and its people.  Groups are encouraged to take Wednesday as a free day to explore state and national parks, as well as Blue Grass music.  Groups receive education related to the make-up of Morgan and Scott Counties, including the job market, religion, national resources and other items of interest.

Time: June 1 - July 31, in one-week cycles.

Group Size: 16 maximum.

Minimum Age:  Children under age 11 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Adult to Youth Ratio:  1:5

Accommodations: The center has two bunk rooms, dining area, kitchen, 5 full bathrooms, and a porch with picnic tables.  It also has a full kitchen with 3 freezers, 2 refrigerators, gas grill, dishes, silverware, toasters, micro-wave, cooking utensils and serving dishes.  There is a place for bonfires at night.  The buildings have central air-conditioning and internet.  Groups provide and prepare their own food.  Groups bring own sleeping bags or bed linens.

Cost: Adults $250 per person per week.  Children under 11 years $200 per person per week.  A $50 non-refundable deposit is due at time of registration.

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 Sunset Gap Community Center (Cosby)

Contact: Executive Director, Kenny Morgan
  1300 Sunset Gap Road
  Cosby, TN 37722-3331
Email:  sunsetgap@gmail.com

Phone:  423.623.4313
Fax:  423.623.2393
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/sunsetgap/

Sunset Gap is a Christian based organization uniting people of all faiths.  Sunset gap provides programs that positively contribute to the physical, social, economic, and spiritual growth of people of Cocke and Sevier Counties in eastern Tennessee through children’s programs, thrift store, food pantry, hot meals, and housing rehabilitation.

Project/Focus:  Rehabilitation of homes in the Community.  Work supervisor is available.

Education/Advocacy Components:  Mission Campers can learn about Appalachian culture and history throughout their day-to-day activities.

Rustic log chapel, outdoor worship spaces and, other facilities are available for group meetings.

Evening and Rest and Relaxation Day educational programs are available.

Group Size:  100 maximum

Minimum Age:  12 years

Ration of Adults to Youth:  1:8

Accommodations:  Dormitory style facilities with bunk beds, showers, and common areas.  Group provides own linens, pillows and personal items. On-site cook prepares breakfast & evening meals.  Food is provided for sack lunches to be taken to the job site.

Cost:  $275 per person/per week plus project materials.  We strive to match your groups’ size and skill set with the most fitting projects to maximize impact in our poverty-stricken counties. 

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