Christian Appalachian Project

General Info
Volunteer Program
310 Beiting Lane
Mt. Vernon, KY 40456
Phone: 800-755-5322 or 606-256-0973
Fax: 606-256-5942
Program Contacts
Central Appalachia
310 Beiting Lane
Mount Vernon, KY 40456
Phone: 606.256.0973
Fax: 606.256.5942
Kathy Kluesener
Mission Engagement Manager
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 persons with disabilities) 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 (preferred), 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.
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 twice 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).
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 (preferred), or October.

Current Urgent Opportunities

Christian Appalachian Project

Every summer, our two residential camps serve more than 1,000 children between the ages of seven and fifteen. We charge just $20/child, so it’s a camp experience that all the families we serve can afford to give their children. Our camps are made possible in large part because of the more than 60 volunteers who come from all over the country to serve as camp counselors, lifeguards, nurses, arts & crafts instructors, photography/social media coordinators, office helpers, and cooks. We ask for a minimum commitment of three weeks, but encourage volunteers to serve the entire summer if they are able. Room and board is provided at no cost in addition to limited travel reimbursement. AmeriCorps awards available to those who serve a minimum of six weeks in most positions. Contact: or 1800.755.5322

Service for a year. Impact for a lifetime.

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Christian Appalachian Project (CAP) is looking for volunteers who share a passion for our mission of building hope, transforming lives, and sharing Christ's love through service in Appalachia! Our next Priority Application date for June and August entry is March 2. CAP volunteers commit themselves to the pillars of Service, Community, and Spirituality for one year. Placements are available in areas of Home Repair, Education, and Hunger & Poverty Relief. CAP provides long-term volunteers with an AmeriCorps Education Award of $5,920, room and board, a modest stipend, health insurance, travel reimbursement, and professional development opportunities. Not to mention a year in the beautiful hills of Eastern Kentucky, a uniquely meaningful experience, and memories to last a lifetime! Questions? Email, call 606-256-0973, or visit our website:

Summer Camp Volunteers Needed at Christian Appalachian Project!

Summer is just around the corner! Kids across Eastern Kentucky will pack their bags to attend Summer Camp at Christian Appalachian Project's Camp AJ and Camp Shawnee, and we need energetic, caring volunteers to help make camp a success. Volunteer camp counselors, lifeguards, medical personnel, social media, kitchen crew, and office helpers are needed to help staff these camps. No prior experience at camp is necessary -- just a desire to serve and a love of the outdoors and working with children. Volunteers must be 18 years old and above. Camp season is June and July. We accept volunteers for commitment of three weeks or longer. Applications are accepted throughout the summer. CAP provides room and board for all volunteers. Travel reimbursements are available for volunteers committing at least three weeks. Volunteers committing at least six weeks may be eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award. For more information or to request an application please call 606-256-0973, email us at, or visit our website at
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