Appalachia encompasses 13 states and 420 counties, the edges of which are within 2 to 4 hours of our Ohio and Kentucky church locations, and many people who are a part of Crossroads have roots in Appalachia. It’s an area rich in tradition, culture, values, and natural beauty, yet has 82 of its counties categorized as economically distressed with high concentrations of poverty, unemployment, poor health, and severe educational disparities. Though much progress has been made in the past few decades, there is still a significant gap to bring Appalachia to parity in enjoying the economic and living conditions of the rest of the country. We are just starting to explore how to get involved. You can go with a team and experience the people and the beauty of Appalachia in Eastern Kentucky while providing hands on work to improve living conditions for families in the area.
The vast Appalachian region, when it comes to employment and income, on average compared to the rest of the United States has a 12% higher unemployment rate and wages 27% lower. The statistics for the Eastern Kentucky part of Appalachia are particularly alarming: 47% higher unemployment, and 54% lower wages. See report.
For more perspective, check out this article: Kentucky Counties Among 25 Worst Counties to Live In
Christian Appalachian Project
CShaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR)
Do's & Don'ts
Check out this article: What To Expect When Volunteering In Rural Appalachia
Appalachia has some of the best outdoor fun and adventure in the country. Check out this site: Explore Kentucky
Prepare to Go
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More information to come.