In the fall of 2009, a group of committed and experienced individuals came together to form an independent 501(c)(3) with a simple purpose: to Help. Build. Hope. in Central Appalachia. This new organization would enable us to work unrestricted for the people of Central Appalachia. Our single largest initiative was and still is the Appalachian Service Project trip that many of us had made in the past, as well as some new initiatives to focus on more year-round help for this impoverished region.
The information below is important to your understanding of the trip and our policies both on it and leading up to it.
Please read it fully:
CELLPHONE POLICY:In order for every volunteer to maximize the experience of our trip, FOA prohibits the use of cell phones and any other communication devices during any time they are involved with FOA (including but not limited to the training meetings, construction projects, fundraisers, solicitations, and trip). Our policy is for you not to bring your phone, therefore FOA is not responsible for damage, lost or stolen communication devices. Advisors will have cell phones for emergency and logistic support. Parents and family members will be given contact information to reach their child, if need be. Volunteers should seek out an advisor or FOA's Center Director during the trip if there is a need to call home.
Traveling entertainment will be supplied. USBs of volunteer-provided song suggestions will be in each car. Music is completely up to the discretion of the advisors in the car.
CLOTHING POLICY:During the meetings, activities and entirety of the trip; all shirts and tops must completely cover the midriff and lower back when sitting or standing. Clothing should also provide appropriate coverage at the neckline. No tank tops, halter tops, spaghetti straps, sleeveless shirts, or see-through clothing shall be worn. For any kind of water activity, girls are required to wear modest bathing suits and boys cannot wear speedos. Footwear is required and must be appropriate and safe for indoor and outdoor activities.
NIGHTLY SCHEDULE:At quiet time (10:30pm), all recreational activities are suspended to allow yourself time to use the bathroom, shower, brush teeth etc. At lights out (11 pm), every volunteer of our organization must be in their bed with no distractions.
FOA : Friends of Appalachia is a local group celebrating 10 years of safe service trips for youth. We are open to all, and strive to educate and sensitize youth and adult volunteers to address the needs of the impoverish people in central Appalachia.