Jesse Lee rallies for service project Thursday

High school teens and adults interested in participating in the 2015 Appalachia Service Project should plan to attend one of two upcoming kickoff rallies at Jesse Lee Memorial United Methodist Church.

The rallies will be held on Thursday, March 5, and Tuesday, March 10, at the church, 207 Main Street. Each will last from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in Martin Hall, in the lower level of the church’s main sanctuary building.

ASP is a national Christian volunteer organization that sends volunteers on weeklong mission trips to make homes “warmer, safer and drier” in West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and North Carolina. Since ASP’s founding in 1969, more than 300,000 volunteers from across the nation have worked on some 15,000 homes.

This is Jesse Lee ASP’s 32nd year. Last summer, a record-number 165 local students and adults worked to restore the homes (and hope) of folks in three counties in western Virginia.

During the March 5 and 10 rallies, details will be presented about participating in this year’s trip, set for July 4 to 12. Sign-up sheets will be available for the 2015 training sessions and fund-raising car washes.

Appalachia Service Project is open to anyone who has completed freshman year of high school. Adults are encouraged to volunteer — both those who have teens coming along and those who don’t. Participants need not be members of the church or residents of Ridgefield — or know how to swing a hammer. Basic construction skills and safety rules are taught prior to going on ASP.

There is no pre-registration required for the rally.

For more information and forms, go to the church's website.