Service Work Program

Each year, we assist families in need through our Service Work program. College, church and civic groups come to the Folklife Center to learn about Appalachia while performing volunteer work for folks in our area facing hard times.  This program helps people with their home repair needs and provides other community service to non-profit and grassroots organizations.  The program also allows our volunteers to learn about Appalachian heritage and culture.  They gain valuable teamwork and leadership skills at the same time. The connections made between our visitors and our local people have often been permanent and ongoing.  Building community and connecting people are job one!

Download an informational packet for this program. HERE:

Home Repair

Each year, the Appalachian South Folklife Center hosts volunteer groups to come and perform various community service projects in the area.  Some of the work we do is simple home repairs for those in need including interior or exterior painting, porch repair, yard work and basic carpentry.  We strive to help as many people as possible but due to time constraints, group size and skill, and material availability some or all of the applicants may not receive this service. After receiving your application a member of our staff will review it and be in contact if your home meets the criteria set forth by the center. Work groups begin to arrive in March so please send in your application as soon as possible so we may add you to our list.  

    HERE: to download an application for our Home Repair Program. 

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