CrossRoads Missions Appalachia desires to partner with area ministries and organizations to improve the standard of living, raise expectations, and find hope in the grace of Christ for families in Eastern Kentucky. We hope to do this with opportunities to build relationships with community members by developing and implementing community activities and assisting in home repairs.
To learn more about our focus past the devastating floods of the last couple of years, please check out info on our new REVIVE HOPE Program
Appalachia operates throughout Floyd County and the surrounding area. Areas of impact:
- Making home repairs for a local individual or family
- Providing meals
- Community outreach and events such as game nights and potlucks
- Repairs and renovations to public facilities
- Gathering backpacks and school supplies for underserved children
We offer four-day, weekend, and week-long volunteer opportunities. Groups typically arrive at 7:30 p.m. on Sundays and depart the following Saturday morning for weeklong trips. Each Wednesday, we take the day to experience Appalachia through hiking, swimming, and tubing/boating at a local state park.
Each group is involved in assisting, planning, and participating in the outreach and ministry activities for the week, working in teams to accomplish daily chores and meals. Days are spent on programming activities and evening activities include community dinners, game nights, and local music performances. Transportation is not provided. Upon arrival in Kentucky, your group must use its vehicles to travel to and from the worksites and living facilities. Please do not travel by bus. Instead, vans are recommended.
Each volunteer is provided with a cot, but we welcome you to bring other sleeping options, such as a sleeping bag or air mattress. Groups also are required to bring their own bedding: sheets, blankets, and pillows.
Groups stay in a community center that was once a school. There are bunk rooms with 20 bunk beds. There are bathrooms with 4 showers, 2 commodes and 2 sinks per gender. Everyone needs to bring their own bedding and toiletries. A more detailed packing list is provided when you register.
While in Kentucky, your meals will be provided by CrossRoads Missions. Additional money is only needed for meals while you travel and for any other personal purchases. Each morning, participants and staff work together to prepare breakfast (pancakes, eggs, biscuits, and gravy, etc.) for the entire team. Lunch meals are picnic-style, including deli sandwiches, chips, cookies, fruits, and veggies. The evening meal is prepared by participants and staff. You can be sure to expect hearty, hot meals. Please let us know of any special dietary needs or allergies both before and when you arrive. We may not meet all of your requests and might need your help in adjusting our meals to meet your needs. We will do our best to accommodate you!
Appalachia – Standard Trips – $400.00 (Sunday night – Saturday morning departure)