Project helps blur lines between states, cultures and communities

By: Michelle Heron Email
By: Michelle Heron Email
ASP’s mission is to help make homes warm, safe and dry for families across the Appalachian region.


PERRY COUTNY, Ky. (WYMT) A local organization is giving folks from across the country an opportunity to make connections with their community as well as right here in the mountains.

Volunteers from Iowa, Maryland and Georgia are teaming up with the Appalachia Service Project this week in Chavies to give back to those that need it most.

Vicki Felger and Jan Aplin came to Perry County with St. Paul Lutheran Church from Davenport, Iowa.

“They help us to learn new things and new cultures and we learn new skills all at the same time. I’m a nurse, I don’t know a lot of construction skills. But there are people here that do, and they teach us and they have so much love and patience,” Felger said.

ASP’s mission is to help make homes warm, safe and dry for families across the Appalachian region.

Steve Overfelt is the center supervisor in Chavies and came across a home that had a broken coal burning stove.

“Carbon Monoxide builds up in the house. We recognized this stove needed to be replaced and we did that,” Overfelt said.

Aplin says her church back in Iowa is quite large and says mission trips like these also help members build relationships.

“It builds community within our church when we have small groups come back, it’s really helped our mission program,” Aplin added.

Making relationships across states, cultures and communities.

ASP centers do their own fundraisers and sometimes recruit their own volunteers depending on the current needs of homeowners. All ASP centers welcome local participants.

ASP has 12 home repair centers in 11 counties in Kentucky this year.

For more information about the Appalachia Service Project, click the attached link.

ASP is participating in KY Gives Day on April 9, 2014. To donate now or to schedule a donation, click the attached link.

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