Cullman County Rotarians heard from Jim Wallace of the Christian Appalachian Project this week. Wallace described the work the organization does in helping families, the elderly and persons with disabilities with food, shelter and clothing.
The organization was founded by a Catholic priest and emphasizes self-help. “We’re not so much about handouts,” said Wallace. Among the activities the project participates in are establishing food pantries, a summer food program for children, repairing homes, helping the homebound, establishing pre-schools and holding two youth leadership summer camps.
“We create a community of compassion,” he said. He noted that the Appalachian region consists of 25 million people, “Some of the poorest people you’ll find in the United States.”
During the storms of 2011, Christian Appalachian Project workers and volunteers provided disaster emergency relief in Alabama.
The organization relies of church groups to volunteer and help out the people of the region. “We could use your help and your enthusiasm,” said Wallace.