Throughout the year, we welcome individuals and groups from all over the country to serve the people of Appalachian Kentucky with us. Whether you come for a few days or a whole week, you’ll be improving life for mountain families in ways you can immediately see and feel. You’ll help build and repair homes for families in great need, and by doing that, you have the opportunity to have a positive impact on multiple generations of a single family!
We will work with you to make your trip to eastern Kentucky a memorable one. Whether you’re volunteering with a college or university, a church or ministry/religious group (please note: HDA is not affiliated with any church or religion – we are open to all), or a corporate or national organization, we can help you meet your service needs and goals in a way that is most beneficial for you, HDA, and the families in our region.
East Kentucky offers unique experiences and adventures year-round, and while we want you to enjoy the beauty of our area and learn about its culture, we also want to stress that this is not a vacation or a time to kick your feet up and relax. Based on your interests and skill levels, you’ll be matched to work sites – whether deep in a mountain hollow or right in the heart of town – where you’ll build roofs, raise walls, construct wheelchair ramps, paint interiors, and more.
It’s not easy work, but it is certainly rewarding! No matter your age or background, HDA’s “Hammerin’ in the Hills” Volunteer Experience will touch and impact your life. You’ll get a whole new perspective on an often misunderstood region of America, learn amazing new skills you can use throughout your life, and play a part in an inspirational new story that you can share with your home community.