Alternative Spring Break Short-Term Volunteer Application

Thank you for your interest in serving with our Mission Groups at WorkFest and/or YouthFest! Our crew volunteers, kitchen helpers, and other volunteers help to make our alternative spring break programs successful for our student volunteers and the families we serve.
WorkFest is Christian Appalachian Project's alternative spring break home repair program for college students. Each week, we welcome 40-80 students from colleges from around the country. These groups are typically sponsored by the social concerns/campus ministry/service-learning offices of Christian colleges or by campus ministries/religious organizations of public colleges and universities. Projects include roofing, siding, insulation, flooring, and other major home repair projects for low-income families.
YouthFest is CAP's alternative spring break program for high school students. These groups are sponsored by church youth groups or Christian high schools and typical projects are ramps and porches to make homes more accessible for the elderly and persons with disabilities. 
Both YouthFest and WorkFest include spiritual and cultural programming as well as service. Each day includes student-led devotions, and each week includes performances by local musicians, sessions on Appalachian culture and/or issues, and a Thursday night Family Appreciation Dinner with homeowners. 
Our individual volunteer application includes the form below, input from two references, and a criminal background check. Please contact us at 800-755-5322 if you have any questions or concerns. Please note that this application is for individual volunteers. If you are interested in bringing a group, please contact us at We look forward to receiving your application!

Optional: Creating an account is not necessary if you intend to complete and submit your application in one sitting; however, if you would like to save your work and finish at a later time, please create an account!

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General Information

How did you find out about Christian Appalachian Project (check all that apply)? *

Volunteer Opportunities

Crew Volunteer: Volunteers needed who are skilled in construction and will help to lead groups of unskilled college and/or high school students. Construction plans are determined by CAP.

Cook/Kitchen Helper: Cooks are needed to help prepare meals for large (60+) groups of college and/or high school students and other volunteers. Cooks serve in teams and meal plans are determined by CAP.

Floater/Runner: Our primary need is for the above positions, but we have an occasional need for other help as well.
Volunteer Alumni: Unskilled former volunteers are welcome to apply to serve on a crew, as space allows.
Position(s) for which you are applying (check all that apply) *

WorkFest / YouthFest Schedule

We have two alternative spring break sites in Eastern Kentucky. For weeks in which we are operating at both sites, volunteers will be placed based on need.
Cumberland Valley events will be hosted at Camp AJ.
                WorkFest              YouthFest
Week 1:   March 1-6              March 22-27
Week 2:   March 8-13
Week 3:   March 15-20             
Please select your available dates for Cumberland Valley.
March 1-6March 8-13March 15-20March 22-27
Check all that apply.
Sandy Valley events will be hosted at Foley Mission Center.
                WorkFest             YouthFest
Week 1:   March 1-6             March 22-27
Week 2:   March 8-13           March 29-April 3
Week 3:   March 15-20         April 5-10
Please select your available dates for Sandy Valley.
March 1-6March 8-13March 15-20March 22-27March 29-April 3April 5-10
Check all that apply.

Lodging and Food

Bunkhouse lodging with separate quarters for men and women is available for all short-term volunteers. We welcome married couples, but we are not able to guarantee separate married housing. We also have limited RV sites available on site. 
Volunteers eat with the students Sunday evening - Friday morning. Volunteers have access to the kitchen over the weekends.
Housing needs (if applicable)

Employment, Volunteer Experience, and Certifications

Brief Response

Please provide a brief response to each of the following questions.


On a scale of 1-5 (1 being low and 5 being high), check the box that best indicates how well you exhibit the following characteristics. If needed, add comments on any ratings below. *
Ability to accept direction
Please list three adjectives that describe you.
 Adjective 1Adjective 2Adjective 3
List each item separately.


By providing an accurate email address, an email will be been sent to the individuals you list below as references with the link to our online reference form. We recommend you follow up with them to ensure the reference form is submitted in a timely manner. If your reference prefers to complete a hard copy of the reference form, please contact us.
Think carefully about the people you wish to recommend you. They should know you well and be in a position to judge your general character, motivation, and qualifications for Christian Appalachian Project. We ask that you not use relatives or family members as references.
Waiver *

1. Someone who knows you on a personal level (peer, friend).

2. Someone who knows you in a professional capacity (teacher, employer, supervisor, etc.).

Final Steps

For crew volunteer applicants:

I hereby certify that all responses set forth on the Application for Volunteer Service and Self-Reference Form are true and complete.

I understand and agree that any falsification, misrepresentation or omission either on the Application for Volunteer Service, and/or my responses to questions asked during the interviewing or examination process may disqualify me from further consideration for volunteer services with the Christian Appalachian Project Volunteer Program, whenever the falsification or omission is discovered. In this regard, where an item is left blank on the application, it is because there is no information within its scope. I understand that this application places no obligation on me or the Christian Appalachian Project; however, it does indicate a serious intention to volunteer my services to the Christian Appalachian Project Volunteer Program. Should I decide to withdraw my application for volunteer service, I will notify Christian Appalachian Project as soon as possible.
Please use your mouse to draw your signature in the box provided below. *
We look forward to reviewing your completed application. Thank you again for your interest in serving with Christian Appalachian Project!

Christian Appalachian Project (CAP)’s volunteer and AmeriCorps positions are available to all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability, substance abuse disorders, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, marital or parental status, or military service. Disabilities will not limit opportunities when it is possible to reasonably accommodate the disability of the qualified person.

CAP is committed to providing a safe, healthy, and productive environment that is free from alcohol, drugs (including medical marijuana), or any other unlawful substance during a volunteer’s service commitment with CAP.

CAP cannot consider volunteer or AmeriCorps applicants with the following:

  • a murder conviction
  • any other felony conviction within the last 10 years
  • a misdemeanor conviction within the last 10 years that has been deemed as a violent offense
  • a drug or alcohol related conviction within the past five years

Additionally, CAP cannot consider applicants who are registered or who are required to be registered as sex offenders.