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Emily Farthing directs attention to the underpinning and insulation work done at a home this
summer by Appalachia Service Project volunteers. Photo courtesy ASP

Originally published: 2013-07-31 16:30:47
Last modified: 2013-07-31 16:56:35

Volunteerism: ASP repairs homes for low-income families

Jamie Shell / (

Few things in life are more satisfying than giving time and effort to benefit someone in need.

Appalachia Service Project has personified this adage since its inception in 1969, when Methodist minister Tex Evans had a heart of service to help impoverished people in the Appalachian Mountains. He established a center in Knox County, Ky., and organized efforts to assist low-income families with home repairs.

Since that time, ASP has expanded its service to five states in the Central Appalachian Mountains: Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. More than 15,000 volunteers from 37 different states have participated in regional projects this summer across 32 counties, volunteering anywhere from one week (for volunteers) to four months (staff members) of their lives to help improve the living accommodations for those who don't have the resources to do so on their own.

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