2017…what a year it was.

2017…what a year it was.

 

 

With the help of many generous supporters, we continued our mission to reach Appalachian families. Through their gifts, our friends had a profound impact in Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Virginia, Arkansas, Maryland, Alabama, Florida, Ohio, and Mississippi.

For example, 23,998 individuals and children benefited from in-kind donations. And, in Tennessee alone, 12,464 summer meals were served to children through the Lunch Bus program – benefitting about 400 children who received at least one healthy, filling lunch each weekday while school was out for vacation. Children also had the opportunity to attend after-school and summer enrichment camps, adults received vocational training, hundreds of individuals benefited from our home repair and utility assistance program, and hundreds of our nation’s veterans received food support.

This is a just a small sample of our friends’ impact, and we couldn’t have done any of this without their support.

Thank you for all you do.

Leslie’s Story

Leslie’s Story

Leslie joined the L.A.M.P program because she was failing school.
“Nobody cared, so why should I” she questioned.
But at L.A.M.P she did find people who cared- plenty of them.
With that realization, her life would change forever.
 
I have a mentor who helps me and expects to do good,” she says.
“She explains stuff – school stuff, but life stuff too.”
 
“I never knew I was worth anything before,” she adds.
 
Without strong positive intervention, a girl like Leslie has more than a 70 percent chance of dropping out of school and being a homeless unwed mother who spends time in jail or prison.
 
Your help is changing Leslie’s life and through her friends and siblings.
 
And Leslie can attest to that.
Helping fellow Americans in Puerto Rico

Helping fellow Americans in Puerto Rico

Last night, we joined the efforts of the First Lady of Puerto Rico by donating $5,000 to assist in meeting the basic survival needs of food, clothing, and shelter of the people of Puerto Rico, and to help facilitate the rebuilding of lives and communities.

We stand with the people of Puerto Rico in their rebuilding efforts, and we commend the First Lady for her quick action in raising support for the Unidos por Puerto Rico Fund.

Helping our fellow Americans has been, and will continue to be, our mission.

Summer Camp Memories

Summer Camp Memories

Summer time comes and students get a break to turn back into kids and explore their world around them. We remember when we were children, spending a few weeks at summer camp, making new friends, staying active, continue learning in a nontraditional classroom, one that is outside with life being the teacher.

Here are some of our summer days, and some of those summer days for the children of Appalachia that you help to create.

A Summer of Learning and Fun!

A Summer of Learning and Fun!

Many children in Appalachia don’t have summers filled with carefree bike riding or playing with their friends. It’s usually a time of boredom, isolation, and loneliness.
 
In McDowell County, West Virginia our partner, Big Creek People in Action (BCPIA), run free literacy and math camps throughout the summer.
 
 
Fun activities for children are important, but children lose some of what they learned in school during the summer break.
 
For example, Sarah attended a BCPIA summer literacy camp last year. According to Rosy Moore, a summer camp assistant, when Sarah arrived the Monday first day of camp, she hardly knew any of the alphabets. By the end of the week, Sarah knew all the letters, make the sounds, and sing the songs with the letters.
 
We are proud to be a part of Sarah’s education, and hundreds of others like her by being able to support summer camp programs like BCPIA’s literacy camp.
 
You helped make it possible for Sarah to learn her ABCs and even before her first day of school develop what will become a life-long love of learning.