Appalachia Service Project

A photo of those who participated in the 2012 ASP Trip

Our 2012 Appalachian Service Project team members.

The Appalachia Service Project is an important part of the summer activities for our church youth and adults who help needy families.

Princeton United Methodist Church has been participating in the ASP program since the mid-70s, shortly after it was founded. Began in 1969 as a Methodist program by a minister in Kentucky, but now an independent organization, the Appalachia Service Project operates several centers throughout mountainous Central Appalachia where Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia meet. This area has poverty rates 3 times the national average, and 1 in 4 lives in poverty. Although the program is a Christian ministry, it is open to all, and 15,000 from all over the country volunteer during the 8-week Home Repair Ministries Summer Program, helping providing free home repair to low-income families to become “warmer, safer, drier.”




Sponsorship Opportunities

Photo of ASP Silent Auction table

One of many fundraisers held each year is a Silent Auction at which members bid for goods and services donated by others.

For many years we have sent teams of volunteers to Central Appalachia with the goal to make homes warmer, safer and drier for families in need, while offering transformational experiences for families, volunteers and staff alike.  The majority of the volunteers are high school aged youth who perform most of the repairs themselves under the watchful eyes and guidance of adult leaders.

But ASP is more than just a home repair program.  Through this process of service many lives are changed.  Often the experience serves to enlighten everyone that the differences between us are only perceived—deep down we all want to be loved, to belong, to own something, and to create something worthwhile—no matter where we live, our economic status, education, or ethnic identity.  No one walks away from the ASP experience unchanged—not families served, volunteers, or staff.  For more information about Appalachia Service Project, see  To make this service trip a reality requires financial support.  Please consider becoming a sponsor.


Golden Nail ($1-$24):  You will receive a sponsor certificate.

Silver Hammer ($25-$49):  You will receive a certificate and a postcard from the ASP team.

Platinum Toolbox ($50 and above):  You will receive a certificate, a postcard from the ASP team, and a photo of the team.

We invite you to mail or drop off contributions to:  ASP Trip, Princeton United Methodist Church, 7 Vandeventer Ave., Princeton, NJ 08542.  (Please clearly mark the check and envelope “for ASP.”)  Please make checks payable to: Princeton UMC – ASP.

Questions? Please email asp-planning-team-pumcgroup(at)


Fundraising Projects

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.” — Luke 6:38

Bird Houses and Plant Stands

The ASP team has been selling custom made birdhouses and plant stands, and you can find a sample of each in the Sanford-Davis Room. Please contact the ASP team if you are interested in learning more by e-mail:



Photo of bake sale table at Communiversity

Every year ASP team members sell baked goods at Communiversity, a Princeton town and gown gala event.

Communiversity Bake Sales

Every year we hold a bake sale at Communiversity — a large Princeton University and Princeton Community street fair.  Because of our Church’s great location on the corner of Nassau Street and Vandeventer, we are able to sell baked goods and other great things to passers by. This year the Communiversity Bake Sale will be held on Saturday, April 28th. Additional information may be found in the News Section.


Recycling Fundraiser

These are the ONLY items that we can take, so please try to exclusively donate items on this list:

Hair care packaging: shampoo bottles and caps, conditioner bottles and caps, hair gel tubes and caps, hair spray bottles and triggers,  and hair plastic jars and caps.

Skin care packaging: lip balm tubes, face soap dispensers and tubes, face lotion bottles, tubes and plastic jars, body wash containers, soap tubes and dispensers, body lotion dispensers and bottles, shaving foam tubes (No Cans), and hand lotion bottles and tubes.

Cosmetic packaging: lipstick cases, lip gloss tubes, mascara tubes, eye shadow cases, bronzer cases, eyeliner cases, eyeliner pencils, eye shadow tubes, concealer sticks, and lip liner pencils.

This is in addition to collecting drink pouches, scotch tape containers and cores, salty snack bags, cereal bags/liners and energy/granola bar wrappers.

We are no longer collecting: Cheese packaging, Dairy tubs, and Hummus containers. Candy wrappers have also been suspended.

Thank you for all your help. We hope to continue to have success.  If you have any questions, please email asp-planning-team-pumcgroup(at)


Training Projects

The Appalachia Service Project team welcomes training projects in the Spring to prepare the ASP team for their week of service. Projects are planned and supervised by experienced adults and are very important to the overall success of our program. Ideal projects include sheds and decks. We ask that you pay the cost of materials and make a donation of your choice to the ASP team. If you have a project that you’d like the ASP team to undertake, please email asp-planning-team-pumcgroup(at) Thanks!