Appalachia Service Project

Lighthouse Ministry has helped to gather young people in the Salem Area to participate in the Appalachia Service Project (ASP) for” the past two years. ASP focuses on making homes with substandard living conditions in the Appalachian region “safer, warmer, and drier.” Beginning in 2014 one of our City Lights (Adam Dodds) who had volunteered with ASP for several years with his family encouraged others to think about being a part of the 2015 trip. ln 2015 we took two teams to West Virginia under the leadership of the ACT Now group in North Jersey to which Adam and his family were connected. ln 2016 we took three teams.  In 2017 we took five teams!

Our 2017 Salem Teams spent a week in West Virginia repairing homes. Our group of 32 people was made up of youth, young adults, and adults from 12 churches and collectively they volunteered from July 16-22. Money raised through group fundraising activities and individual donations made it possible for youth., who might not otherwise be able to participate in a service trip like ASP, to go on this trip. For information about our fundraising activities, see our Lighthouse Ministry, lnc. Facebook page events,

Appalachia Service Project is a Christian ministry, open to all people, that inspires hope and service through volunteer home repair in Central Appalachia. More information about ASP or the summer youth program at

This group, plus 7 more volunteers, took part in the July 16-22, 2017 mission trip to help make homes “safer, warmer, drier” in the Appalachian Mountains (specifically West Virginia) with Appalachia Service Project ( We come from 12 different churches.. The 2017 ASP summer theme was “Love in Action”.  Our time with ASP made a difference in the lives of those we are serving and the lives of the young people from Salem who are participating in this work will be impacted forever. Most of these young people give much time to serving our local community. Thank you for your prayers and helping us meet our goal!