Christian Appalachian Project
Affiliation:Private, nonprofit interdenominational Christian organization
Goal of Program:Based in eastern Kentucky, Christian Appalachian Project (CAP) strives to meet both the immediate needs of persons living in poverty and empower residents to meet long-term goals. CAP serves people in need (children, the elderly and disabled) in Eastern Kentucky. CAP Volunteers commit to the pillars of service, community, and spirituality and/or personal reflection. CAP offers a strong cultural experience, an assortment of service placements, distinctive community living, an interdenominational Christian environment, and a flexible time commitment.
Type of Placement:AmeriCorps Members: Serve in programs addressing issues of poverty, education, substandard housing, hunger, and more. Short-term: Various opportunities available year-round, including opportunities for experienced home repair crew leaders and in our Christmas and summer school supply programs. Summer Camp opportunities for camp counselors, photography/social media coordinators, lifeguards, medical personnel, office helpers, cooks, and arts and crafts instructors for two summer camps. Group opportunities available March-November, serving one week repairing or building homes.
Service Area:Appalachian region of eastern Kentucky.
Service Length:AmeriCorps Members: One-year placements beginning in June, August, October and January, with the option of applying for a second term. Short-term: Volunteers needed for summer camps and throughout the year - minimum commitment of three weeks. Groups serve for one week.
Requirements:Application process required for all volunteers. Men and women, single or married, without dependent children accepted. High school diploma; college degree for some positions. Individual volunteers must be 18 years old or older; 21 or older for some positions. Groups and families: 14 years and older.
Financial Arrangement:Room and board provided for all volunteers who choose to live in community. AmeriCorps members also receive a modest stipend, health insurance, potential loan deferment and AmeriCorps Education Award. Support provided by volunteer community and permanent staff. Retreats offered four times a year.
Living Arrangements:Most CAP Volunteers live in community with other volunteers, supporting one another, sharing chores, and taking turns preparing the evening meal and sharing reflection time. Faith sharing and spiritual growth is also cultivated in community. Our volunteer houses are located throughout eastern Kentucky, so there is ample opportunity to interact regularly with all CAP Volunteers and the community. Some volunteers may be able to live independently of a volunteer house; contact the Volunteer Program for details. Summer Camp volunteers live at the camp. Group volunteers stay in one of several group facilities.
Program Size:Approximately 50 long-term volunteers, more than 1,000 short-term volunteers a year (including groups).
Training:Week-long orientation for AmeriCorps members. Each service site has training as well.
Application Deadline:Applications accepted throughout the year. AmeriCorps members may begin their service commitment in January, June, August, or October.