Harvest of Hope educates participants concerning the domestic and global hunger problem; encouraging them to make lifelong commitments to being part of the solution.
Project/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.
Educational/Advocacy Components: Participants learn about hunger through a variety of educational tools, coupled with worship. Hunger education components of the program happen each evening in large and small groups. Harvest of Hope educational materials on hunger in the U.S. and food waste are located at www.endhunger.org/usa_hunger.htm. A hunger Bible Study is located at www.endhunger.org/study.
Time: Groups submit applications to attend. Deadlines are four weeks before the event. Weeklong camps are scheduled for senior-high groups in the summer. Weekend camps are scheduled in the spring, summer and fall for junior-high groups, and students and young adult groups, and intergenerational groups. Camp locations vary.
Group Size: Six is a good size. Initial group registration is limited to 18 per church. At some events, several church teams can be accommodated up to 60. No team is too small.
Minimum Age: 10 years
Adult to Youth Ratio: 1:5 If bringing a mixed gender group, must have a male and female leader.
Accommodations: Harvest of Hope staff arranges housing for groups at church camps or college dormitories. Housing conditions vary by location. Some are very rustic with sleeping accommodations on floor mats. Some are more modern.
Cost: Weeklong camps $185 per person, includes housing, meals and programming; Fall Weekend camps $75 per person, includes housing, meals and programming.
Harvest of Hope events are arranged in Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia.
Contact: Karen Frederick, Director of Volunteers
Director of Volunteers
4523 Bristol Highway
Johnson City, TN 37601
Web site: www.asphome.org
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 - application deadline November 1; Fall, winter, and spring work weeks or weekends available for youth and adults; apply at least two months in advance.
Group Size: 77 maximum capacity. Groups work in teams of seven persons.
Minimum Age: 14 years. Youth programs for ages 14-18. year round program available.
Adult to Youth Ratio: 2:5
Accommodations: Housing in schools, community buildings or churches on cots or sleeping bags. ASP provides meals. Each group is expected to bring a van for each 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.