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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.

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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

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Our Partners

Christian Appalachian Project
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CShaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR)
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Do's & Don'ts

Check out this article: What To Expect When Volunteering In Rural Appalachia

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Appalachia has some of the best outdoor fun and adventure in the country. Check out this site: Explore Kentucky

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Prepare to Go

Bags and what to bring:

  • T-shirts - We provide one t-shirt for each person to work in. If you're like us and you sweat a lot, bring extras.
  • For the work - 4 pairs of shorts or pants to work in. Closed toed shoes, boots, or sneakers only. Maybe bring some powder drinks to add some flavor to your water at the worksite.
  • Clothes for dinner and evening activities - Remember it will be hot. Also, if you worked outside all day, those clothes will be super nasty. Bring other clothes to change into for the evening. Sandals, flip-flops, etc. are fine.
  • Socks
  • Rain Gear - Just in case.
  • Work Gloves
  • Bug Spray, Sun Block, Sunglasses, Bandana, Coolie Rag, Hat
  • Medicines - Anything you take regularly. You may want pain relievers, Icy-Hot, Band-Aids, and vitamins.
  • ID
  • Camera
  • Spending Money - Bring a little money for things that might come up or for fun.
  • Bible, pen or pencil, journal
  • Garbage bag for your funky laundry
  • Ziplock bag for your phone when it rains

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Getting There

More information to come.