What we do

Christian Appalachian Project Volunteers serve in programs that work in concert with one another to bring immediate assistance to people in need and strengthen struggling communities. We call the individuals and families we serve “participants” rather than clients–all who receive services from CAP are also full participants in the mission through program involvement, volunteering, or monetary payback for building materials or other services received. Appalachia is a region of many assets, and our programs seek to respect and promote the dignity and self-worth of all involved.

Below are links to descriptions of our primary service programs. Other opportunities may be available for volunteers with unique skills or experience in administration or other areas beneficial to CAP. Contact us if you have a service interest that is not included in the programs below.

Typically, a volunteer will serve in one program for the duration of his or her volunteer term, though there may be opportunities to help out your housemates in other programs for special events and projects. In the event of a regional natural disaster, most volunteers are given the opportunity to assist on a Disaster Relief response team.


  • Child and Family DevelopmentCAP operates two Child and Family Development centers that offer preschool age children experiences in all areas of child development, including cognition, communication, social, physical, and emotional development, as well as creative expression and play. The program encourages participation of the whole family through home visits, parenting classes, and involvement in the center. One center also includes in-school and afterschool programming for older children, including tutoring, day camps, and field trips.
  • Camp Andrew Jackson and Camp Shawnee: Our camp programs are active year-round, providing in-school and afterschool programming during the school year, and residential summer camps in the summer.
Hunger and Poverty Relief

  • Elderly ServicesCAP’s Elderly Services program provides services such as home visitation, transportation, social activities, prescription assistance, and various other services, including home repair, which ease the effects of isolation and allow homebound seniors citizens to remain in their homes longer.
  • Family AdvocacyFamily Advocacy provides short-term emergency assistance, including food, utility assistance, household goods, and clothing. Family Advocacy also offers several seasonal programs for Christmas, back-to-school, and spring gardening.
  • Food PantryThe Grateful Bread food pantry serves low-income families and the elderly in Rockcastle County, Kentucky.
  • Housing: CAP’s Housing program provides major and minor home repairs for low-income families.
  • Thrift StoreThe Grateful Threadz store serves families in Rockcastle County, Kentucky. The store provides low-income families with a place to shop with dignity, and also serves as a gathering place for the community.
Crisis Services

  • Disaster Relief: CAP specializes in providing disaster clean-up and home repair in the weeks immediately following a natural disaster in Kentucky or surrounding Appalachian states.
Volunteer Hospitality


  • Volunteer GroupsCAP hosts volunteer groups from churches, colleges, and high schools throughout the year. Group Hosts serve those who serve by meal planning, shopping, and cooking for groups, as well as being the “face of CAP” during their stay.