RIDGEFIELD – High school teens and adults can attend an information session at Ridgefield's Jesse Lee Church to learn details about participating in a week of volunteer home repair this summer through the Jesse Lee Appalachia Service Project.
The meeting will take place on Thursday, Feb. 4, at 7:30 p.m., at the Jesse Lee Memorial United Methodist Church.
This no-obligation meeting will introduce students and their parents – and any other interested volunteers – to the Appalachia Service Project overall, and especially to the developing plan for the local ASP group’s mission trip July 2-10.
ASP is a national Christian volunteer organization founded by Rev. Glenn “Tex” Evans, a Methodist minister, in 1969. Since then, more than 300,000 volunteers from across the nation have participated in week-long mission trips to make 15,000 homes in West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina “warmer, safer and drier.”
This is the 33rd year for Jesse Lee ASP. Last summer, a record 183 local students and adults worked to restore the homes (and hope) of folks in three counties in northwestern Tennessee.
Jesse Lee ASP is open to anyone who will have completed their freshman year of high school. Adults are encouraged to volunteer – both those who have teens participating and those who don’t.
It is not necessary to be a member of Jesse Lee or any church, participants don’t have to live in Ridgefield and they don’t need to be an expert with a hammer to volunteer. Basic construction skills and safety rules are taught in training sessions prior to going on ASP. There’s also a fundraising component.
The Jesse Lee Memorial United Methodist Church is at 207 Main St. Meet in the church’s Carriage House, the Tudor-style building at the west end of the parking lot. For more information, call the church at (203) 438-8791.
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