Volunteer Corps

Volunteers of all ages, faith traditions, and backgrounds are needed to build hope, transform lives, and share Christ’s love through service in Appalachia. If you've got three weeks to a year, you can make a real difference!

“Our volunteers come, not because they feel they are better than those they help, but because they realize that we are all brothers and sisters.” Rev. Beiting, founder of Christian Appalachian Project

Early Education

Teach preschoolers social, physical, and emotional development at our Child and Family Development Center. 

Home Repair

Substandard housing is the most visible sign of poverty in Appalachia. Home Repair Crew Members assist the crew leader in home repairs and new construction and help to lead the many mission groups who serve with us throughout the year.

Food Pantry

Serve on a team in partnership with the Grateful Bread Food Pantry to provide food assistance to low-income families and community members. Pack backpacks for local schoolchildren and distribute commodity boxes to the elderly.

Elderly Services

Help Appalachian seniors access critical transportation, services, nutrition, and medical care. Give hope to seniors living in social isolation through personal companionship, seasonal group activities, and general everyday support.
 

Poverty Relief

Connect individuals and families with needed resources such as utility assistance, school supplies, and clothing as a caseworker or in our thrift store

In-Home Respite

Provide respite to primary care providers of individuals with disabilities by stepping in to care for their family members. Specialized training prepares these volunteers to assist with bathing, feeding, nurturing, and implementing activities that encourage recreation, socialization, and independence.

Youth Empowerment

Tutor and mentor youth in academics and help to lead teen leadership opportunities. During the summer, you’ll help lead residential or day camp programming.

Group Hospitality

Groups Facilitators increase volunteer capacity by helping to host one-week volunteer groups that serve in Christian Appalachian Project's home repair programs. Responsibilities can include cooking, cleaning, conducting orientation, and facilitating and developing evening programming. 

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“I love the heart of Christian Appalachian Project! They care about and care for the practical needs and challenges those in their community face. When you do that, it builds trust and relationships that last. So grateful for how they love the beautiful people of Appalachia!”

—Annie F. Downs

Service

Volunteers serve in programs that work in conjunction with one another to bring timely 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.

Community

We believe that service cannot be performed in isolation–volunteers must engage with each other, with the larger CAP community of employees, with participants, and with the broader local community. Our hope is that in a small way, our volunteer communities serve as a microcosm for the larger Body of Christ, challenging people from diverse backgrounds and experiences to support one another and grow together. Most Corps members live in one of our intentional volunteer communities with other one-year and short-term volunteers, sharing in dinner and devotion several nights a week. Members who choose to find their own housing are invited to participate in community at least once a month.

Spirituality

Christian Appalachian Project is interdenominational, meaning we welcome volunteers from many different denominations and traditions. We invite each volunteer to make a commitment to personal spirituality and community prayer and reflection during their service with CAP, strengthening their own faith while learning from the perspectives of others. Though we do not require volunteers to be Christian, most CAP volunteers feel called to service because of their faith and are seeking a community in which they can grow in faith while serving others.

Prayer Requests

Our faith calls us and sustains us— that's why Christian Appalachian Project gathers for chapel each day. If you or a loved one are in need of prayers, please let us know and we will lift up your request.

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