Last month, Christian Appalachian Project commissioned five long-term (and two short-term) volunteers who have made a commitment of one year to Service, Community, and Spirituality in Eastern Kentucky. Our new volunteers come from all over the United States and will serve in Home Repair, Family Advocacy, Elderly Services, and Child & Family Development while living in intentional Christian community. Read below to find out more about what brought these dedicated and unique individuals to CAP. Feeling a call to serve in Appalachia? You can join our volunteer corps by applying for our August 2015 Long-term Volunteer Orientation Class. Contact us to learn more.
For Joellyn service has become a way of life. She went on six mission trips to Guatemala before deciding to look for volunteer opportunities in the United States. After a short-term trip to CAP in the fall of 2014 Joellyn decided to come back and make a long-term commitment. She will be serving in the Elderly program in McCreary County and for her time at CAP she says, “I am hoping my faith will continue to grow.”
Adrian comes to CAP after spending time in the Bruderhof community in Farmington, PA where he worked in a garden that provided produce to 250 people. Adrian decided to serve with CAP because, “It’s a great opportunity to serve in a poor area of the country and live in Christian community at the same time.” He is forward to learning new trade skills through his service placement in the Home Repair program.
Ben is a recent graduate of Missouri University of Science and Technology. He found out about CAP when looking for volunteer opportunities through the Catholic Volunteer Network. Ben is looking forward to putting his engineering degree to good use in his service placement in the Elderly Housing program.
Anna first visited CAP during WorkFest in 2012 and says it was an “incredible experience”. She graduated from the Ohio State University and then spent time in Mozambique teaching math to 11th and 12th graders as a volunteer with the Peace Corps. After leaving the Peace Corps, Anna says “I knew CAP is where God wanted me to be!” Anna will be serving the Family Advocacy program in Rockcastle County.
Molly, originally from Livonia, New York learned about CAP from her campus minister at Hofstra University, long-term volunteer alum Bridget McCormack. Molly came to WorkFest with a group from Hofstra and says, “After participating…I knew that CAP was a special place.” Before coming to CAP Molly completed an internship working at Hollywood Studio’s Frozen Sing-a-long. She loves interacting with kids and is very much looking forward to serving in the SPARK after school program in McCreary County.