Appalachia Service Project (ASP) is a faith-based organization, headquartered in Johnson City, TN, that aims to eliminate substandard housing in rural Central Appalachia by making homes warmer, safer, and drier. They do this with the help of volunteers from all over the country. Westwood UMC has sent a team of adults and youth to ASP every summer since 1975, with the exception of 1980. We do a lot of drywalling, flooring, roofing, building porches and ramps, building retaining walls, etc. At first glance, most people would describe ASP as a home repair ministry. But we like to say that it is “a relationship ministry with home repair on the side.” Because while the physical work we do is important, the relationships we build are just as important – relationships with the families we serve, with each other, and with God. Most of our team members will tell you that it is a life-changing experience, and they’d love to share their experience with you! If you’re interested in joining us, or hearing more about ASP, contact Clint or Jean Whitcomb at or