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Volunteers Needed For Ridgefield Group Providing Appalachian Home Repairs

The Jesse Lee Appalachia Service Project helps make make homes in West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina “warmer, safer and drier.”
The Jesse Lee Appalachia Service Project helps make make homes in West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina “warmer, safer and drier.” Photo Credit: Contributed

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- High school teens and adults can attend an information session Thursday, offering details about participating in a meaningful week of volunteer home repair this summer through Jesse Lee Appalachia Service Project.

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 service project group’s mission trip from July 2-10.

The session will start at 7:30 p.m. at the Jesse Lee Memorial United Methodist Church, 207 Main St., Ridgefield. Meet in the church’s Carriage House, the Tudor-style building at the west end of the parking lot.

The Appalachia Service Project is a national Christian volunteer organization founded by Methodist minister Glenn “Tex” Evans in 1969. Since then, more than 300,000 volunteers from across the nation have participated in weeklong 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 the Jesse Lee Appalachia Service Project. Last summer, a record-number 183 local students and adults worked to restore the homes (and hope) of folks in three counties in northwestern Tennessee.

The project is open to anyone who has completed their freshman year of high school. Adults are encouraged to volunteer – both those who have teens participating and those who don’t.

You don’t have to be a member of Jesse Lee or any church, you don’t have to live in Ridgefield and you don’t need to be an expert with tools to volunteer.

Basic construction skills and safety rules are taught in training sessions. There’s also a fundraising component.

Previous volunteers are not expected to attend the Feb. 4 information session. However, they should plan to attend one of the two initial 2016 rallies, either March 3 or 8.

You don’t have to pre-register for the Feb. 4 meeting. For more details, go online to www.jesseleeasp.org or call Linda Shackelford at (914) 763-8165.

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