NEWS RELEASE – February 21, 2013
Christian Appalachian Project WorkFest
An Alternative Spring Break for College Students
Spring Break Stretches beyond the Beach
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LEXINGTON, KY February 21, 2013/Press Release/ — Christian Appalachian Project (CAP), A HAGERHILL, KY based nonprofit, interdenominational Christian organization serving people in need in Appalachia through self-help human service programs since 1964. www.christianapp.org
Started in 1992, WorkFest was created by Christian Appalachian Project as an alternative spring break for college students. The event attracts more than 400 students from 40 different colleges and universities and serves about 20-25 homes over a four-week period (March 5-28, 2013). Students from different colleges across the United States serve in teams to repair substandard housing and build new homes for low-income families in eastern Kentucky.
WorkFest gives students a complete and fulfilling alternative spring break that emphasizes service, learning and spirituality without the need of prior building experience.
Upon arrival to WorkFest, students from participating schools are divided into teams of 7-12 students and 2-3 experienced crew leaders. Students will typically serve on 1-2 homes during the week. Projects may include roofing, hanging drywall, flooring, building ramps, painting, siding, window replacement, yard cleanups, insulations, new home construction, and other efforts appropriate to the group’s age and experience.
While at WorkFest, the evening programming exposes students to Appalachian music and culture. It also informs students of Appalachian history and explores the root causes of poverty in Appalachia.
CAP Mission – The Christian Appalachian Project is an interdenominational, non-profit Christian organization committed to serving people in need in Appalachia by providing physical, spiritual and emotional support through a wide variety of programs and services. For nearly 50 years, CAP has been measurably impacting the region. www.christianapp.org
NEWS RELEASE – December 7, 2012
Childers Oil Company on behalf of double Kwik donates $30,000
to Morgan County Parks and Recreation to Rebuild
Playgrounds in West Liberty, Ky, destroyed by Tornado
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LEXINGTON, KY December 7, 2012/Press Release/ — December marks nine months since the destruction caused by the devastating EF4 tornado which tore through West Liberty, Kentucky, destroying many homes, and businesses. While the community has made progress in repairs and rebuilding, many are reaching out to lend a helping hand, such as Childers Oil Company.
On Monday, December 2, 2012, Missy Matthews, President of Childers Oil, presented a check to Tim Conley, Morgan County Judge/Executive, in the amount of $30,000 to the Morgan County Parks and Recreation on behalf of double Kwik and its customers, for the rebuilding of several playgrounds destroyed by the tornado in West Liberty, KY.
“The day after the tornado we started a fundraiser”, stated Matthews. “Not only was a community destroyed, the people living within the community, our neighbors, our customers, our employees, were all affected by this devastation; we wanted to find a way to help rebuild the community; to give back to the folks right here in the mountains. Reaching out to help the community has always been a priority of Childers Oil Company, as we strive to foster a mutually beneficial relationship with the community/public,” said Ms. Matthews.
About Christian Appalachian Project (CAP): A HAGERHILL, KY based nonprofit, interdenominational Christian organization committed to serving people in need in Appalachia by providing physical, spiritual, and emotional support through a wide variety of programs and services.
To learn more about how to assist CAP’s mission to the people of Appalachia, visit us online at www.christianapp.org and follow us on Facebook at Christian Appalachian Project.
NEWS RELEASE – November 2, 2012
Christian Appalachian Project
begins disaster relief efforts in West Virginia
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LEXINGTON, KY November 2, 2012/Press Release/ — Christian Appalachian Project (CAP), A HAGERHILL, KY based nonprofit, interdenominational Christian organization serving people in need in Appalachia through self-help human service programs since 1964. www.christianapp.org
Christian Appalachian Project’s (CAP) assistance has been requested by West Virginia. CAP has been called in to support Hurricane Sandy disaster relief efforts beginning Sunday, November 4, 2012, in Webster Springs a town in Webster County, West Virginia. CAP will answer the call by providing assistance with Snow Shoveling Teams, Snow Removal Teams (heavy equipment), possible donation management, shelter support staff, volunteer coordination, flood clean-up teams, in addition to chain saw teams.
Part s of West Virginia received 5 feet of snow. Some areas (counties) are still too dangerous to enter. There are still areas they have not been able to reach. Many roads are closed (mostly rural). Most likely, Police escorts will be used to escort CAP’s disaster relief team into areas that have been closed off, but safe enough to send volunteers into. There are close to 142,000 people without electricity. There is a growing concern that they will soon be experiencing flooding, too, due to the warmer weather melting snow faster than stream can handle.
Weather is unpredictable and, as a result, storms can paralyze a geographic region in a matter of minutes. Christian Appalachian Project’s Disaster Relief program organizes volunteers to respond to the needs of those impacted by natural disaster. Responses may include everything from home and property clean-up, to providing and distributing emergency disaster supplies. The Disaster Relief program works to network resources with other community agencies to best meet the needs of those affected. Oftentimes , communities come to CAP for help but CAP’s disaster relief program director is always alert to weather conditions when suspect that CAP can be of assistance.
Once involved in a relief effort, CAP coordinates efforts with state VOADs (Voluntary Organization Active in Disasters), Emergency Management, FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), and/or other local disaster coordinators. The objective is always to get help to those who need it as quickly and as efficiently as possible.
MISSION – The Christian Appalachian Project is an interdenominational, non-profit Christian organization committed to serving people in need in Appalachia by providing physical, spiritual and emotional support through a wide variety of programs and services.