New Volunteer Guide

Everything you'll need to help prepare for your trip serving alongside families in the heart of Central Appalachia, making homes warmer, safer, and drier.

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WELCOME TO THE ASP FAMILY

On behalf of the entire ASP team, welcome! We understand how much effort goes into pulling off a successful mission trip, so we've developed this guide to help streamline & simplify the process so you can focus on what's most important before, during, and after your trip: building meaningful relationships with others.

- ASP Volunteer Experience Team

Pre-Trip Prep Process

Getting ready for your trip is as simple as 1-2-3. Our goal is to make sure that every step of the process is as simple (and hopefully enjoyable) as possible.

1. Register & pay (leader)

If you're reading this, you've probably already registered and paid your volunteer fees. If not, click below to reserve your spot.

Reserve your spot

2. Fill out forms (all)

Everyone's favorite! Different forms are required by the Leader compared to all participants. Click below to see what you need to fill out.

View paperwork

3. Pre-trip webinar (leader)

Meet the leaders from the other churches serving during your week and learn more about ASP's mission from one of our staff members.

Register for webinar

4. Pack & prep (all)

Check the group and individual packing list to make sure that you have everything you need for a successful trip in Appalachia!

View packing lists

5. Site leader call (leader)

Sign up for a phone call to chat one-on-one with your county's site leader to learn more about the center and the projects you're working on.

Book time to chat

6. Depart & serve (all)

Pack up your belongings (well, not all of them), pile into your vehicles, and travel to Appalachia for a transformational week of service!

Learn about Appalachia

Packing Lists

Instructions on what to bring, why to bring it, and what to avoid when packing for your trip to Appalachia. Make sure to read it carefully (especially the part about bringing clean clothes...).

Paperwork

Everyone's favorite part of a mission trip: paperwork! Every form that you'll need for a successful trip is below, so make sure that you're filling out (and bringing) the paperwork relevant to you.

Group # Commitment

Group Leader (March 1)

Confirm the number of participants in your group, which helps ASP plan how many families we are able to serve.

Pre-Trip Group Forms

Group Leader

Complete the Pre-Trip Communication (May 10) and Construction Information (2 weeks before trip) online in your trip hub.

Individual Volunteer Forms

All members (before trip)

All volunteers must register and fill out their information. Also, the Volunteer Statement & Registration Form must be notarized.

ASP Culture

Since our founding in 1969, ASP's rich culture, rooted in tradition and long-term commitment to Appalachia, has evolved into what our staff and hundreds of thousands of volunteers have come to know and love. In short, our culture can be best described by what our founder, Tex Evans, said when launching ASP: "We accept people right where they are, just the way they are." And, this methodology is still engrained in everything we do today.

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Daily Schedule

Days are designed so that you can maximize your time building relationships with the families you serve, growing in fellowship with other volunteers at the center, and learning about the Appalachian region.

6:30 - 8:30am
Rise and shine, devotions, breakfast, and pack lunches for the day
8:30 - 4:30
Making homes warmer, safer, and drier (lunch on site with family)
4:30 - 6pm
Rest up and create a list of supplies needed for the next day
6 - 7pm
Dinner and fellowship time with volunteers and center staff
7 - 8:30pm
Evening gathering (programming varies each night)
8:30 - 10:30pm
Team time, free time (sports, games, etc), and prep for next day
10:30 - 11pm
Quiet time & settle in for a well-deserved night of sleep
11pm
Lights out; time to rest and prepare for the next day of hard work