High-school teens and adults can attend an information session on Thursday, Feb. 1 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 group’s mission trip June 30-July 8.

The session will start at 7:30 p.m. at Jesse Lee Memorial United Methodist Church, 207 Main St. Meet in the church’s 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 “Tex” Evans, a Methodist minister, in 1969. Since then, more than 393,000 volunteers from across the nation have participated in week-long mission trips to make 17,866 homes in West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina “warmer, safer and drier.”

This is the 35th year for Jesse Lee ASP.  Last summer, a record 199 local students and adults worked to restore the homes (and hope) of folks in four counties in West Virginia, Virginia and 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 don’t. You don’t have to be a member of Jesse Lee or any church, you don’t have to live in Ridgefield, and you don’t 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. There’s also a fund-raising component. And it helps if you like ice cream.

Previous ASP volunteers need not attend the Feb. 1 information session. However, they should plan to attend one of the two initial 2018 rallies on Feb. 21 and 27.

You don’t have to pre-register for the Feb. 1 meeting. For more details, go online to www.jesseleeasp.org or call Deb Ahle 203-438-6782 or Dave Sigworth 203-438-7501.