Due to the impacts of COVID-19, The MCC Appalachia SWAP office located in Whitesburg, KY is closed. All questions regarding the 2021 SWAP season can be directed to the Appalachia Program Coordinator, at 606-225-2289 or via email at AppalachiaPC@mcc.org.
What is SWAP?
SWAP is Sharing With Appalachian People
A service and learning program of MCC Great Lakes, SWAP provides volunteer opportunities for school, university, church, other groups, families, and individuals.
Participants should be 15 years or older, however you can call the office for further details about younger participants. Most groups are at the SWAP sites from Monday evening through Saturday morning.
SWAP experiences are available on request during non summer months and are great options for retirees.
They show love and compassion for the people they work with. When they left I missed them"
Homeowner Donald Honeycut
What will you do?
You will be provided with Orientation Materials which include group activities focused on working in another culture, viewing service as relationship building and an opportunity for mutual learning, Bible study, and prayer.
I came here thinking I would change the lives of people I met. Instead, they changed mine!
Youth Volunteer from Zion Mennonite Church
What will SWAP do?
SWAP provides food and lodging once participants are on site. SWAP pre-selects all clients and work projects, providing building materials to complete the project. In most cases, SWAP will provide the necessary tools for volunteer jobs.
SWAP staff will facilitate evening worship and study sessions. Evening sessions may include presenters from the local community, a locally-hosted dinner, or a local cultural/music event.
What will it cost?
A typical SWAP week runs from Monday thru Saturday and costs $340 (USD) per person. The costs covers food, lodging and materials for homeowners who cannot afford the costs of their home repairs.
The price is adjusted for groups coming for shorter or longer periods. (Call for specific pricing).
First payment of $50 per person is due within two weeks of submitting application. Payment plan options are available.
How is SWAP making adjustments for COVID-19?
MCC Appalachia’s SWAP program is required to follow applicable local, state and national public health guidance related to COVID-19 and will require the same of staff and volunteers during their period of service. MCC Appalachia SWAP has developed a COVID-19 safety plan that includes requiring all staff and volunteers to wear masks according to state guidelines, reducing housing capacity to 50% and increasing cleaning and safety measures.
In Harlan, KY, maximum capacity that will be accepted is 25 volunteers per week, and in Kimball, WV, maximum capacity will be 15 volunteers per week. This will promote appropriate distancing inside SWAP facilities.