WPU Students & Staff Spend Fall Break Working with Appalachia Service Project

October 17, 2016

Rather than spending time relaxing on the couch at home on Fall Break, a group of William Peace University students went above and beyond, spending their time off school helping others.

A dozen students and staff members worked with the Appalachia Service Project (ASP) in Jonesville, VA, helping repair the homes of two local residents – an initiative WPU students and staff have participated in the past several years. The ASP is a Christian ministry, open to all people, that inspires hope and service through volunteer home repair in Central Appalachia (North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky). The non-profit’s goal is to make homes warmer, safer and drier for the families it serves.

“ASP creates such a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Each and every year my heart is warmed by the families that we help. I get to help someone who cannot repay me. There is no other way I would want to spend my Fall Break than by traveling with other WPU students, doing service.”

WPU students and staff performed various tasks, from installing insulation, to helping dig a drainage ditch to prevent mountain erosion. Senior Lauren Swilley has volunteered with ASP through the Alternative Fall Break Trip since 2013, when WPU began this annual tradition.

“ASP creates such a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Each and every year my heart is warmed by the families that we help. I get to help someone who cannot repay me. There is no other way I would want to spend my Fall Break than by traveling with other WPU students, doing service.”

“It was a great opportunity to help those in need, as well as fellowship with my fellow WPU brothers and sisters,” said Jacob Ennis ’17, SGA President, who participated in the initiative for the first time.

Participating WPU Students & Staff
  • Chris Baker, WPU’s AmeriCorp VISTA Volunteer Coordinator
  • Tanner Brown ’19
  • Jasmine Daniels ’17
  • Parker Fernstrum ’20
  • Lara Lee King, Director of Student Involvement
  • Lindsay Perry ’18
  • Jacob Ennis ’17
  • Aaron George ’19
  • Alumna Erin Hawkins ’16
  • Easton Payton ’19
  • Justin Pini, Student Involvement Manager
  • Lauren Swilley ’17

View Photos From the Service Project

For more information about the Appalachia Service Project, visit www.asphome.org.

Note

Video filmed by Lindsay Perry ’18