What is Appalachia Service project?
The height of beauty, the depths of poverty…
How can a region so rich in natural resources be so poor?
You can't build factories on mountainsides. You can't plant crops. And for more than a hundred years, large corporations have extracted natural resources while putting little back in the form of taxes or community support.
The result is that jobs are few and far between. For many of these families, their modest houses-- handed down from generation to generation-- are the only real possession they have. But houses need maintenance. And when you don't even have money to put shoes on your kids' feet, fixing a hole in the roof is a low priority.
As a result, the homes are crumbling. Walls buckle. Roofs leak. And sagging floors pose hazards to the elderly and the very young.
Into this bleak environment, ASP shines a ray of hope.
Our volunteer work will give a special family some financial breathing room to concentrate on more important things. Like feeding their kids. Looking for work. And making plans for the future.
Best of all, the presence of our volunteers will touch their lives and remind them that compassion knows no boundaries. And that not even the highest hills and deepest hollows can separate them from God's love.
For general information about ASP visit their website: www.asphome.org
Who is Westborough ASP?
Westborough ASP is a community-based group that serves through the Appalachia Service Project, Johnson City, Tennessee. Westborough ASP is sponsored by The First United Methodist Church (FUMC) and St. Luke's The Evangelist Parish, both of Westborough. The program started in the summer of 1990 with just one ASP youth team from FUMC, which traveled to Virginia with 9 members. In 2006, St. Luke’s joined FUMC on ASP’s mission.
In 2016, we sent 24 work crews consisting of 164 local volunteers – 115 youth plus 49 adult leaders – to Lincoln County, VA & Logan County, WV. Rural Appalachia areas recently in the news due to flooding.
Still deciding? See a video of one crew here.
For over 25 years, local volunteers have touched and changed the lives of over 180 families and their communities.
An important component of our mission is fundraising. Each youth must raise funds to pay for building materials and supplies, rental vans, and costs associated with our meals and lodging in local school buildings for the week. In 2016, the group's budget was $113,000! Corporate sponsors, community groups and in-kind donations are a necessary supplement our youth's efforts.
Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today. Your generosity can directly help pay for much-needed supplies such as: