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Volunteer Spotlight -- St. Andrew UMC: The Pumpkin Church

Looking for a creative way to raise money for youth missions prior to their first trip with Appalachia Service Project (ASP) in 1985, St. Andrew United Methodist Church of Marietta, Ga., decided to sell pumpkins as a fundraiser. The fundraiser was so successful that St. Andrew has been doing it ever since and are  now known in their community as “The Pumpkin Church.” Summer 2015 will mark their 30th year of service with ASP.

“This has become not only a major event for our church, but a huge occasion for our entire community,” said Lisa Springer, ASP coordinator at St. Andrew. Earlier this month, the church unloaded the first of two truckloads of pumpkins weighing 44,000 lbs. Their second load of similar size arrived just two weeks later to restock their front yard (aka ‘the pumpkin patch’).

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ASP hires 'Chief Volunteer Officer', Abraham McIntyre

From its inception in 2011, Appalachia Service Project’s (ASP) five-year strategic plan has provided a challenging goal to dramatically increase recruitment and deployment of volunteers in the service of more Central Appalachian families.

With the hiring of Abraham McIntyre, its first-ever Chief Volunteer Officer, ASP is applying additional resources toward its goal to serve 900 or more families annually by 2016; an increase of approximately 250 families a year over its 2013 year-end number of 656 families.

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