ASP info session at Jesse Lee Feb. 2

High-school teens and adults can attend an information session on Thurs., Feb. 2 offering details about a meaningful week of volunteer home-repair this summer through Jesse Lee Appalachia Service Project (ASP).

This no-obligation meeting will introduce students and their parents — and any other interested adults — to the Appalachia Service Project overall, and especially to the developing plan for the local ASP groups mission trip July 1-9.

The session will start at 7:30 p.m. at Jesse Lee Memorial United Methodist Church, 207 Main St.  Meet in the churchs Carriage House, the Tudor-style building at the west end of the parking lot.

ASP is a national Christian volunteer organization founded by Rev. Glenn TexEvans, a Methodist minister, in 1969. Since then, more than 375,000 volunteers from across the nation have participated in weeklong mission trips to make 17,300 homes in West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina warmer, safer and drier.

This is the 34th year for Jesse Lee ASP.  Last summer, a record-tying 183 local students and adults worked to restore the homes (and hope) of folks in three counties in eastern Kentucky.

Jesse Lee ASP is open to anyone who will have completed their freshman year of high school. Adults are encouraged to volunteer both those who have teens participating and those who dont. You dont have to be a member of Jesse Lee or any church, you dont have to live in Ridgefield, and you dont need to be an expert with a hammer to volunteer. Basic construction skills and safety rules are taught in training sessions prior to going on ASP. Theres also a fund-raising component. And it helps if you like ice cream.