Appalachia Service Project (ASP)
Making Homes Warmer, Safer, Drier, Transforming Lives
2021 will mark Good Samaritan’s 42nd year of participation in ASP. The need in the Appalachia area has not diminished and neither has our commitment to serving the wonderful people in that area.
According to the ASP website, “each year 15,000 volunteers repair 500 homes in 28 rural Appalachian communities.” Projects can include roofing, flooring, shoring up foundations, digging drainage ditches, making rooms or homes wheel-chair accessible, or other projects that help make homes warmer, safer, and drier. In addition to building and improving homes, ASP is also a relational ministry for both the families we serve as well as those serving.
This ministry is about lifting the spirits of Appalachian families and reminding them that God’s love knows no boundaries. In the process of putting your faith in action, God acts in your heart. And when you change the lives of others, they have a way of changing you.
All students who have completed the 9th grade or higher are invited to serve with families in Central Appalachia. Students who are not members of or otherwise affiliated with Good Samaritan church are also invited to participate in the ASP trip. Bring a friend.
- 2021 will be Good Samaritan’s 42nd year serving at ASP.
- Dates: June 12-20, 2021
- Cost: $400
- ASP 2021 theme: TBD
- ASP 2021 destination: TBD
Registering for the trip
- Before registering each participant and parent/guardian of each youth participant must read and understand the ASP Expectations
- There are two ways to register for the trip:
- To secure your spot on the trip (or a spot on the waiting list if the trip is full), please submit a $50 deposit on your trip fees by January 10, 2021. See instruction in the next section.
Paying for the trip
- To secure your spot on the trip (or a spot on the waiting list if the trip is full), please submit a $50 deposit on your trip fees by January 10, 2021.
- The remaining balance of your trip fees is due shortly before departure for ASP.
- There are two ways to pay your trip fees:
- Pay Online. When you pay online, a processing fee is taken out of the amount paid. Please consider checking the box to add 2.5% to your payment to help cover the cost of the processing fee so that the ASP trip gets the full amount of your trip fees.
- Print, complete and attach a check to this ASP Fee Payment Form. Send the form and the check to the church office.
- If you would like financial help with the cost of the trip, please contact the ASP trip leadership.
- Your trip fees are refundable if you are replaced on the trip roster by someone on the waiting list or in the event that the entire trip is cancelled.
- Immunizations – Up-to-date immunization for tetanus is required for all participants.
- Hepatitis A immunization is strongly recommended. Plan ahead because Hepatitis A requires two shots 6 months apart.
- Parents of youth participants: If requested, adult ASP leaders can assist with ensuring that your youth takes medications on schedule while on the ASP trip.
Important dates – Your participation in all applicable events is crucial to the success of the trip.
- September 8, 2020: ASP planning committee meeting.
- October 13, 2020: ASP planning committee meeting.
- November 7, 2020: ASP kick-off event, 1:30-3:00pm. For all participants. Cancelled because of Covid-19 precautions.
- November 10, 2020: ASP planning committee meeting.
- November 22, 2020: ASP informational meeting, 4:00-5:30pm. For all participants.
- December 8, 2020: ASP planning committee meeting.
- January 10, 2021: Deadline for submitting your registration and $50 deposit for the ASP 2021 trip. (See notes above about registering for the trip.)
- January 12, 2021: ASP planning committee meeting.
- February 9, 2021: ASP planning committee meeting.
- March 9, 2021: ASP planning committee meeting.
- April 13, 2021: ASP planning committee meeting.
- April 25, 2021: Culture and Sensitivity meeting at church, 5:45-8:00pm. Balance of participant trip fees due at the meeting. For all participants.
- May 6, 2021: Adult participant meeting #1, 6:30-8:00pm. For all adult leader participants.
- May 11, 2021: ASP planning committee meeting.
- May 15, 2021: Tool time.
- May 27, 2021: Adult participant meeting #2, 6:30-8:00pm. For all adult leader participants.
- May 30, 2021: Gas sale.
- June 6, 2021: Gas sale. Commissioning Sunday. Final trip paperwork due. Commissioning of the group during the church worship service. For all participants.
- June 11, 2021: Departure meeting, 6:00pm. Drop off your gear for the trip at the church. For all participants
- June 12, 2021: Depart for ASP – Arrive at the church no later than 4:55am. Load the bus and depart by 5:30am.
- June 20, 2021: Return from ASP and join the church worship service.
- July 13, 2021: ASP planning committee meeting.
- August 7, 2021: ASP trip reunion. For all participants.
Watch for upcoming information about dates for other ASP events leading up to the ASP 2021 trip.
- ASP Packing List – What you should take to ASP and what you should leave at home.
- Volunteer Statement and Registration Form – Please print this form two-sided. Complete the form and turn it in on Commissioning Sunday. Signatures on the first page must be made in the presence of a notary. There will be a notary present on Commissioning Sunday.
- ASP Additional Medical Information Form – Complete this form and turn it in on Commissioning Sunday.
ASP’s Required Reading for All Participants – What must I know before going to ASP?
- Volunteer Expectations, Rules, and Regulations
- The 3 S’s: Sensitivity, Safety, and Stewardship
- Safety Manual for Volunteers
Optional reading and viewing – Check out our ASP Reading and Viewing Suggestions to discover additional background material about the area of Appalachia where Good Samaritan serves at ASP.
New to ASP or need an inspiring refresher? – Below are some suggestions for familiarizing yourself with the ASP experience.
- Visit the ASP web site.
- Read the “required reading” documents (see above).
- Sample the “optional reading and viewing” resources (see above).
- Watch some of the many educational and inspirational videos on ASP’S YOUTUBE PAGE.
- Learn about the ASP experience in the playlists of ASP TOPICAL VIDEOS. Hear from homeowners in the “Why ASP” videos. Learn about group leader responsibilities in the “Group Leader Training Videos”. Pick up construction tips and learn about specific projects in the instructional “Construction Training Videos”.
- Scan the ASP CONSTRUCTION MANUAL, the how-to guide for the types of projects encountered at ASP. If you’d rather look through a printed copy, contact Jack Washam (email@example.com, 612-237-8482).
- For all adult group leaders: Attend the adult participant meetings, held in the spring just before the trip, where you can ask questions and learn about the trip from all the other adults who are going to ASP.
- Curious about what happens each day at ASP? See the TYPICAL ASP DAILY SCHEDULE.
- View the presentation about the ASP PROGRAM AT GOOD SAMARITAN.
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