“Short-term volunteers have a unique perspective within CAP because we know we have to use our time here wisely to learn and experience as much as we can in a short period of time.”–short-term CAP Volunteer

Christian Appalachian Project relies on the dedication of short-term volunteers to fulfill our mission in Eastern Kentucky. Short-term volunteers make a commitment of at least three weeks to our pillars of Service, Community, and Spirituality, though some placements may require a longer commitment. Room and board is provided.

Short-term volunteering is for those who want the long-term volunteer experience but who are not in a position to serve for a full year. Short-term opportunities are typically available mid-October through mid-August. Our greatest needs are in the summer and for our alternative spring break programs in March and April.

Service Placements

Housing and Elderly Housing Crew Members: Volunteers needed to complete minor and major home repairs and new construction for families in need. Volunteers serve in teams under the direction of a skilled crew leader. 

Housing and Elderly Housing Assistant Crew Leaders: Volunteers experienced in construction and leadership needed during March and April to help with our alternative spring break programs. Commitments of 1-2 weeks will be considered.

Volunteer Groups Cooks: Volunteers needed to cook for volunteer groups that serve with CAP for a week. Volunteers will plan and shop for the meals as well as cook. Cooks especially needed in March and April for our alternative spring break programs.

Grateful Threadz Thrift Store Associates: Volunteers needed to help give our customers a shopping experience that respects their dignity and provides affordable clothing and household items. Volunteers will be on their feet most of the day to sort donations and get clothes ready for the store floor. 

Trail work/maintenance: Short-term volunteers are needed in the spring to help prepare camp for the summer. Projects include trail work, painting, power washing, general maintenance, etc.

Summer Camp: Counselors, lifeguards, medical personnel (RNs, LPNs, EMTs), arts & crafts instructors, and office helpers needed each June and July.

Depending on need, short-term placements may be available in other areas as well. Contact us for more information.

Application and Admissions Process

We are looking for volunteers who are dependable, flexible, mature, self-starting, fast learners, compassionate toward the poor and marginalized, open to diverse faith expressions, and have a desire to serve others.

Prospective short-term volunteers must complete an application, criminal background check, and phone interview. Some volunteers may be required to complete a drug screening upon arrival.

Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information about short-term volunteering.

Learn more about our Program Pillars.