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, 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 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 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.

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

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.


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.

Start Date


Ashley Ellis


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


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