Organization

Christian Appalachian Project Volunteer Program

Focus Areas

  • Aging
  • Disability
  • Disaster
  • Economic Security
  • Education & Youth
  • Health & Nutrition
  • Homelessness & Housing

Contact Information

310 Beiting Lane
Mt Vernon, KY 40456


(800) 755-5322

Building hope, transforming lives, and sharing Christ's love through service in Appalachia.

About Christian Appalachian Project Volunteer Program

Christian Appalachian Project (CAP) is an interdenominational, faith-based community committed to the mission of building hope, transforming lives, and sharing Christ's love through service in Appalachia.

Eastern Kentucky has some of the highest poverty rates in the nation. Our programs, which address the issues of education, youth development, substandard housing, hunger, aging, disabilities, and more, all operate with a participatory philosophy that seeks to promote the dignity and self-efficacy of the people we serve with.

Our 60 long-term (serving one year) corps members make a commitment to the program pillars of service, community, and spirituality and/or personal reflection. Each day members engage in direct service on construction job sites, in preschools and grade schools, in food pantries and thrift stores, and in the homes of the elderly.

Members live in intentional community, making a commitment to eating dinner together four nights a week, sharing in household chores, and supporting one another. CAP is interdenominational and intergenerational, so our communities are a vibrant collection of individuals from diverse backgrounds. For many members, making a commitment to the pillar of spirituality means growing closer in their relationship with God. For others, this pillar manifests itself through personal reflection and growth. Wherever an individual is in his or her faith journey, all are invited to participate in daily devotions.

We have four entry options for our long-term program (January, June, August, and October) with corresponding application and interview dates. Our preference is always for members to begin in August, but the other entry dates are open to those with alternate availability.

All corps members receive a modest stipend, room and board, professional development opportunities, health insurance, travel reimbursement, and vacation/holiday time. AmeriCorps members also receive an Education Award of up to $5,775.

Christian Appalachian Project Volunteer Program’s Impact

Corps members ease the the impacts of chronic poverty by providing safe and affordable housing, food security, and education to low-income families. They also help the elderly age in place and provide service for persons with disabilities and their families.

  • Year Founded 1964
  • Legal Form 501c3

Positions at Christian Appalachian Project Volunteer Program

Christian Appalachian Project Volunteer Program Programs

Disaster Relief

Christian Appalachian Project provides disaster relief to Kentucky and surrounding Appalachian state communities.

Education

Christian Appalachian Project's education initiatives teach both cognitive and critical social skills through early childhood education, tutoring, and youth programming.

Elderly and Disability Services

Christian Appalachian Project's support services to the elderly and persons with disabilities provide valuable healthcare and social support in under-resourced rural communities.

Hunger and Poverty Relief

Christian Appalachian Project's poverty relief initiatives address the stressors of inadequate housing, food insecurity, and the inability to handle financial crisis. CAP not only alleviates these symptoms of poverty to create immediate quality-of-life improvements, but also relieves the poverty-induced stress that causes adults to be risk-averse to new opportunities and inhibits learning among children.