Appalachia Service Project Campus Chapters
Appalachia Service Project’s Campus Chapters inspire students to lives of Christian service and leadership through home repair for low-income families in Central Appalachia and back in their home communities. ASP’s founder, Tex Evans, always said: “We’d love for all ASP volunteers to come back each summer, but if they don’t because they have started this in their own community, we’d love that even more”. Our Campus Chapters seek to provide young adults with a chance to continue and share the transformational experience they’ve had in Appalachia with their surrounding collegiate community.
Now it’s in 49th year, ASP has relied on college-aged young adults to operate its Summer/Youth Program by guiding groups of volunteers through their home repair service project and providing Christian leadership. These summer staffers gain significant skills in organization, leadership, and volunteer management. ASP also attracts several college students as volunteers during our Year Round Program. ASP’s College Programs will continue to engage and re-engage these summer staffers, college volunteers, and past youth program volunteers with service and help them gain valuable skills in community outreach.
ASP Campus Chapters are student-led, campus-based organizations. Each chapter is nationally affiliated with Appalachia Service Project and follows ASP’s model for home repair projects in their local community. Students involved with each chapter will:
- Distribute Home Repair Applications in their local community in order to find families to serve through construction repair work
- Conduct initial home visits (IHVs) with families that have submitted applications, select homes and projects to be completed, and carry out all project planning and construction management
- Recruit volunteers within their community to volunteer their time to work on these projects
- Host fundraisers and gain community sponsorship in order to raise the funds necessary to complete their projects
- Serve their community in other ways that promote service and social justice
- Look into recruiting and carrying out a trip to one of ASP’s Year Round centers during the fall, winter, or spring
- Recruit potential summer staffer applicants
- Recruit local churches as potential ASP volunteers
Start a Chapter at Your School
If you are interested in launching an ASP Campus Chapter at your school, please take the following steps:
- Inform ASP of your interest by e-mailing our team at gro.e1516487543mohps1516487543a@ege1516487543lloc1516487543 and we will help you and support you along the process.
- Obtain approval for student organization status at your college/university.
- Establish a Chapter Constitution (example).
- Identify a Campus Faculty Advisor.
- Apply for National Affiliation (PDF).
- Scan all documents, contact information, and social media handles and submit them to gro.e1516487543moHPS1516487543A@ege1516487543lloc1516487543, or mail hard copies to:
ASP College Programs
4523 Bristol Hwy
Johnson City, TN 37601
- Begin recruiting, networking, fundraising, and raising awareness about your Campus Chapter. Check out the Chapter Resources that ASP offers for these tasks to get started.
- You may also request in-person trainings from ASP about how to get started anytime along this process, we train in launching, connecting with community partners, recruiting, fundraising, project planning, and more. Email our team at gro.e1516487543mohps1516487543a@ege1516487543lloc1516487543 for more information or to schedule a training.
Current ASP Campus Chapters
Appalachian State University
East Tennessee State University
George Mason University
Kent State University
North Carolina State University
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina at Wilmington
University of Tennessee
University of Wisconsin at Madison
Western Carolina University