MCC Appalachia is a Christian relief and development program that works directly in communities of Appalachia in eastern Kentucky and West Virginia. Appalachia is a beautiful place to visit, and there are many opportunities for service. SWAP (Sharing With Appalachian People) is a home repair program. SWAP is looking for carpenters, cooks, material drivers, site coordinators, and persons to lead evening sessions. Volunteers may also serve at a local food pantry and clothing bank, sorting clothes and distributing food.
MCC needs assistance in picking up material aid and building supplies from outside locations, such as Akron, Pennsylvania, and Goshen, Indiana. Trips can be planned year-round as volunteers are available. Vehicles and travel costs are usually provided for these trips. MCC owns and uses a number of properties in eastern Kentucky in need of upkeep. Assistance with the maintenance allows MCC workers to focus more time on program work in Appalachia. This maintenance includes cutting lawns, minor building repairs, and painting. If there are other skills that volunteers bring, MCC Appalachia will look within the community to match interests with the needs here (i.e., education, reading, crafting, etc.).
Lodging is provided on location or nearby.
During the SWAP season, volunteers can eat with the groups. Off season, they can use the kitchens to make meals.