“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. At times they provide an extra pair of hands, but in many instances they serve in mission-critical functions. 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 October-December and February-August. Our greatest needs are in the summer and for our alternative spring break programs in March and April.

In addition to our full-time short-term volunteer opportunities, we also have a need for occasional volunteers in our Disaster Relief program. If you live near one of CAP’s offices in Kentucky and have a few hours to give each week or month, we encourage you to explore our Community Volunteer program.

Benefits of Short-term Volunteering

  • Immersion into the communities you serve
  • The opportunity to live in a CAP volunteer community with other short-term and long-term volunteers.
  • Room and board provided at no cost to the volunteer.


  • Minimum age of 18 years old
  • Commitment to Service, Community, and Spirituality and/or personal reflection
  • Willing to serve for a minimum of 3 weeks (with a few exceptions)
  • Completed volunteer application, including three personal references and a criminal records check

Though their time commitment may be shorter, short-term volunteers are just as committed to CAP’s mission and are given similar responsibilities. Like our long-term volunteers, short-term volunteers must complete a thorough application process. Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions for more information about short-term volunteering.

Pillars of CAP Volunteer Life

Volunteers at CAP make a commitment to Service, Community, and Spirituality. Follow the links below to learn how each value contributes to the volunteer experience.

CAP Volunteers serve in various programs that utilize a self-help philosophy and uplift young people. Most short-term volunteers serve in Summer Camp, Housing, Elderly Housing, Food Pantry, Thrift Store, Family Advocacy, and Child and Family Development.

Each volunteer makes a commitment to community life by sharing in the joys, challenges, and growth that comes with being a short-term CAP Volunteer.

CAP is an interdenominational organization that encourages volunteers to share their faith and express it through their actions. Personal spiritual growth can be an integral part of the CAP Volunteer experience.