The Christian Appalachian Project

The heart of the Appalachian Mountains is home to a wonderful charitable organization. Located in Lancaster, Kentucky, The Christian Appalachian Project serves the people of all 30 Appalachian Kentucky counties as well as portions of Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee.

Begun by Father Beiting, a Roman Catholic priest born and raised in Appalachia, The Christian Appalachian Project has grown into a successful interdenominational organization. Since it's creation in 1964, The Christian Appalachian Project has helped more than a million people through it's various programs.

The Christian Appalachian Project addresses the needs of the people of the Appalachian Mountains through a variety of programs designed to address the long-term and short-term needs of the people living in this extremely impoverished portion of the United States. It has been estimated that these community development programs touch the lives of over 500,000 people each year throughout the 13 states comprising the area known as Appalachia.

From it's inception, Father Beiting envisioned The Christian Appalachian Project as "a group that would roll up our sleeves and get the job done." With this in mind, a plethora of opportunities exist to pitch-in and lend a hand. Opportunities include work in such areas as: General Labor, Summer Camps, Youth/Teen Centers, Housing ( building, renovation and assistance), Educational and Recreational Programming, Attic Stores, and many others.

The Christian Appalachian Project continues to be guided by it's 6 guiding principals:

I. To promote the dignity and self-worth of individuals by promoting self-help.

II. To practice and encourage good stewardship of and accountability for all of the resources entrusted to us.

III. To foster individual growth among staff, volunteers, donors and program participants.

IV. To live out and promote the Gospel through all of our actions.

V. To foster open, honest and effective communication both inside and outside the organization.

VI. To involve the Appalachian people at all social and economic levels in developing solution to poverty.

As their missions statement describes: "The Christian Appalachian Project is an interdenominational, non-profit Christian organization committed to serving people in need in Appalachia by providing physical, spiritual and emotional support through a wide variety of programs and services." Consider sharing your time with The Christian Appalachian Project and the wonderful people of the Appalachian Mountains.

For more information, please contact:

The Christian Appalachian Project 

322 Crab Orchard St.
Lancaster, KY