Christian Appalachian Project

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 achieve 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, 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 distribution 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 with rolling entry, of applying for a second term. Short-term: summer camps and throughout the year - minimum three weeks. Groups serve one week.

Program Size

Approximately 50 long-term volunteers, more than 1,000 short-term volunteers a year (including groups).


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 Arrangements

AmeriCorps members receive stipend, health insurance, potential loan deferment and Education Award. Support provided by volunteer community and permanent staff. Retreats offered twice a year.

Living Arrangements

AmeriCorps members live independently in the community that they serve. Summer Camp volunteers live at the camp. Group volunteers stay in one of several group facilities.


Week-long orientation for AmeriCorps members. Each service site has training as well. Personal and professional development tracks offered.

Application Deadline

Applications accepted throughout the year.

Start Date

AmeriCorps members have a rolling start date.

Contact Name:

Ashley Ellis


310 Beiting Lane
Mount Vernon, KY 40456
Phone: 800-755-5322 or 606-392-4495



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