Appalachia Service Project celebrates 50th year of service

Extreme Makeover Appalachia Service Project volunteers work at an ABC Extreme Makeover Home Edition project in Knoxville. The organization is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with events in Johnson City.

On Oct. 26-27, Appalachia Service Project will hold two events in Johnson City to celebrate its 50th year of service.

First, on Friday, Oct. 26, at 6 p.m., there will be a fundraising dinner to celebrate the past and prepare for the next 50 years of ASP’s service. Join ASP for this fundraising event and supporting its mission with your gifts and support. Tickets are $100/person or $700/table of 8 people. Purchase tickets at

The second event will be held Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at ASP’s headquarters. This is a free event, open to the public, but ASP asks that you RSVP ahead of time at

There will be something to do, something to see, and something to eat throughout the day, so come for the whole day, or drop by — they’d love to celebrate with you! Below is a list of activities planned:

• 9:30-10 a.m. — Coffee & pastries

• 10-11:30 a.m. — Celebration & worship in the warehouse

• Noon-1 p.m. — catered lunch

• 1-3:30 p.m. — Activities (games & activities for kids; wall building station for youth & adults; skills events — show off your expertise with hand tools & power tools; tours of ASP warehouse, office & property; ASP merchandise booth)

• 3:30-4 p.m. | Alathea mini-concert

ASP President and CEO Walter Crouch said, “We are so excited to have reached this amazing milestone in our history, and want to celebrate our past and talk about our vision for the future with all those who have supported us and helped us to reach this goal. Please come out and see us, we’d love to have you!”

ASP was founded in 1969 by a United Methodist minister, Glenn “Tex” Evans, to utilize volunteers to complete major home repairs for low-income families living in Central Appalachia.

Since 1969, over 410,000 volunteers from across the nation have repaired 18,347 homes and, in the process, Appalachian families, volunteers, and staff have been immeasurably blessed.

Today, with the help of more than 15,000 volunteers each year, the group’s goal remains to make homes warmer, safer and drier for families in need. Yet ASP is more than a home-repair program.

It also provides a unique framework that fosters transformational experiences for volunteers, families served and staff — by building relationships with each other that break down cultural, social and economic barriers.

Group officials often say they hear of significant life changes resulting from the ASP experience: of families renewing their faith in the goodness of others, of people newly motivated to continue their education, of young adults choosing careers of service.