Appalachia Service Project, Inc. (Johnson City)

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Karen Frederick, Director of Volunteers
  Director of Volunteers
  4523 Bristol Highway
  Johnson City, TN 37601
  E-mail: karen.frederick@asphome.org
  Phone: 423.854.4434
  Fax: 423.854.9771
  Web site:  www.asphome.org
  Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/AppServProject

Locations: Opportunities are available in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina. NOTE: All locations are scheduled by ASP National Offices via above information.

The Appalachian Service Project repairs homes for the poorest families in central Appalachia with the vision that substandard housing in central Appalachia might be eradicated and everyone who 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, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina).  The goal is to make homes 'warmer, safer and drier.'

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

Time: Summer Program - applications 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 months in advance.

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

Minimum Age:  14 years (or 13 if 8th grade completed)  Youth programs for ages 14-18.   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 7 person work team.

Cost: Cost per volunteer per week is $310 for the summer program.  Cost for the year-round program is $65 per person per day.


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First Congregational UCC Freedom Journey (Memphis)


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Contact:  Julia Hicks, Director of Mission
  1000 South Cooper Street
  Memphis, TN 38104
  Email:  julia.hicks@firstcongo.com
  Phone:  901.278.6786 ext. 3
  Fax:  901.725.8553
  Website:  www.firstcongo.com/freedomjourney

Freedom Journey offers youth groups and interested adults an opportunity to explore issues in peacemaking. Groups explore the unique and rich history of Memphis in order to inspire present and future generations of peacemakers, advocates, and activists.


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.  Journeys offer creative opportunities to express their experiences through the arts (dance and visual arts) with our professional staff!  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), slave haven (a stopping point on the underground railroad), the WC Handy Museum on Beale Street and Auction Street (where slaves were auctioned) - to experience this history.  Groups then meet and learn from the many peace and justice advocates who have offices at the church to share perspectives on justice work in our day.  These include presentations from people who fight environmental racism in a nearby neighborhood, students who are part of MAGY (Memphis Area Gay Youth), and those who run the congregation's "fair trade" store.  Hear how a bicycle cooperative is a tool for social change and talk to volunteers with the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center about ways to resist violence and war.  

Time:  Year-round.  Freedom Journey is a weekend event Friday 5:30 p.m. through Sunday noon.  We are willing to work with groups to vary the schedule as needed.

Group Size:  Up to 40

Minimum Age:  12 - but the journey is best suited for high school, college and adults.

Adult to Youth Ratio:  1:5

Accommodations:  Retreat Center has 40 bunks with shower facilities.  Private rooms, dorm rooms and bunk rooms are also available at the Pilgrim House Hostel and Retreat Center.  

Cost:  Weekend Freedom Journey program $100-$150 per person, depending on the size of group and includes bunks, showers, and professional leadership for special Freedom Journey programs & events including dance and art.  .  Meals and tours are additional costs.  Pilgrim House Hostel is also available for groups or individuals traveling through the area.  Rates and other lodging information available on-line at www.pilgrimhouse.org.


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Harvest of Hope (Nashville)

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Contact:  Nathan Dryden, Program Coordinator
   E-mail:  GleanTN@ENDHUNGER.org
   Phone: 800.333.4597 or 615.878.9233
   Website:  www.endhunger.org

Harvest of Hope is a national gleaning network that educates participants concerning the domestic and global hunger problem with the encouragement to make a lifelong commitment to being part of the solution.

Projects/Focus:  Participants glean nutritious produce from farmers’ fields and orchards after harvest.  This food, instead of being left behind to rot, is delivered to those in need through programs such as local food banks and soup kitchens.  Harvest of Hope is a national gleaning network.

See national office listing in Virginia for more information.
Carolina, Mississippi, Missouri, Washington DC and Virginia to salvage fruits and vegetables left after the harvest. The national office is located in Big Island, Virginia.


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

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 Ella Smith, 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, 2014 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)

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

  Phone:  423.623.4313
  Fax:  423.623.2393

Registration:  On-line

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 provided.

Education/Advocacy Components:  Group leaders responsible for own programming.  Free time can be arranged in order for groups to be able to enjoy activities in the Smokies such as rafting, hiking, biking, and horseback riding. Groups are welcome to hold Vacation Bible School or Day Camps for community children.  Groups will need to provide workers, materials and snacks or lunch for children.

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; a 10% non-refundable deposit is required. Project costs are in addition to room and board and range from $1500 to $2500.  You will receive a projects list from which to choose your primary project.  Additional projects may be selected or assigned according to the size and productivity of your group, need, and monies available.  The projects are first-come-first-served and must be approved by the Work Camp Supervisor.


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