APPALACHIA

Appalachia

Amidst stunning mountains and deep, shaded hollows, Appalachia is home to generations of proud families, many wrestling with the despair of extreme poverty. Our tripsters travel to eastern Kentucky repairing homes for those most in need. Will you travel with us to make a difference?

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Eastern Kentucky • Home Repair • Immersion Trip Packages
Impact
3 nights
Empower
4+ nights (non-summer months)
Check out our Eastern Kentucky Immersion Packages!

* Group-type may cause variations in package, please contact trip coordinator for more details.

Create an impact and build relationships in this one-of-a-kind experience.

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$250/person donation
10-25 participants

Includes:

  • Meals
  • T-shirt
  • Project supplies
  • Accommodations

Optional:

  • Front Porch Pickin’
  • Jenny Wiley State Park
  • Elk viewing
  • Mountain HomePlace

Ask your trip coordinator for other local activities!

Empower yourself and others! Spend a week getting to know the community.

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$500/person donation
10-25 participants

Includes:

  • Meals
  • T-shirt
  • Project supplies
  • Accommodations

Optional:

  • Front Porch Pickin’
  • Explore local eats
  • Jenny Wiley State Park
  • Elk viewing
  • Loretta Lynn’s homeplace
  • Mountain HomePlace

Ask your trip coordinator for other local activities!

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Our Work in Appalachia
App-OurWork Our work in Appalachia began in 2002 when we sent our groups to volunteer at the Auxier Lifetime Learning Center. Charlie and Sue Schaffer began operating the center when Father Biding of the Christian Appalachia Project (CAP) relinquished control of the center to Charlie and Sue. In 2007, the Schaffers retired and handed over the operation to Hand in Hand. Since acquiring the property, Hand in Hand has continued to grow the home repair program which is our primary focus in Auxier. Tripsters stay at the Auxier Center, a renovated school building that also serves as an emergency food pantry for Auxi. Our center is near Prestonsburg, KY and exists to serve people in Floyd, Magoffin, Johnson and Martin counties.

The Auxier Center Programs include:

Home Repair Program
App-repairprogramHundreds of immersion trip volunteers travel with Hand in Hand to eastern Kentucky each year repairing homes. The repairs range from building wheelchair ramps for the disabled to replacing floors, roofs and plumbing in family homes. Over 600 volunteers go to Appalachia each year volunteering more than 12,500 hours.
Emergency Food Assistance for Auxier Residents

Provides emergency food assistance to approximately 75 families living in the Auxier community.

What's Next?
Lend a Hand Wall
App-LendaHandWallThe Lend A Hand Wall is where donors from every walk of life leave their handprints not only on the wall in Auxier, Kentucky, but also on the lives of those we serve. The wall, as shown on the right, represents more than $8,200 in donations by our 2015 immersion trip volunteers who have spent time working in Appalachia. This generosity enables our Auxier Center programs to continue to make a difference. Donate now.

+ Event Volunteer – Contact Megan for more information

+ Send us stories or photos – We’d love to hear from you! Contact Darian for more information

+ Volunteer Groups – Get a group together! Contact Allison for more information

Where is Appalachia?

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Serving Floyd, Martin, Magoffin and Johnson counties in Kentucky.

For more information on how to join this trip, contact Allison Ridenour at allison@myhandinhand.org or (502) 459.9930.

Frequently Asked Questions

We know you will probably have questions, so please review these documents for more information.

Brochure • General FAQs

If you still have questions, please contact Allison Ridenour at allison@myhandinhand.org or (502) 459.9930.

Testimonials

App-Test1“On my way in to work this morning, I couldn’t help but think about the folks in Auxier.  It’s a big world out there – with oceans full of starfish – but it was inspiring to take one step with all of you in making the world a little better place to live.” – Denis R.

“This immersion trip experience was one of the best experiences of my life and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I feel so lucky to be a part of it. I will remember the relationships I built and the differences I made for the rest of my life!”    – Rachel B.

“Working with the family was a great privilege – their gratitude was humbling.” – David Z.

“I had never used power tools, so it was empowering to be able to learn that new skill. It was so wonderful to feel like we made a difference…[We were invited] into their home and I loved to learn about them and their family. I made new friends and cannot wait to go back!”    – Clare B.

“The experience was everything and more that I hoped it would be. I look forward to participating in another trip in the future.”   – Susan L.

“Thankful for the laughs, the love, and the time I got to spend with these individuals. Thank you, Auxier, for reminding me what it means to serve and what it means to live.” – R. Hughes

“Feeling very thankful for everyone who accompanied me on such an incredible journey. From the creeks to the hollers and back, Auxier, KY you have all our hearts.” – D. Bradley
Surveys
Thank you for traveling with us! Please tell us about your experience on to Appalachia by taking a quick survey. Your feedback is crucial to our program development.

Don’t forget to leave your contact information at the bottom the survey so we can address your comments if needed and to stay in touch with upcoming information about Hand in Hand.