Regional Volunteers

Hammerin' in the Hills!

HDA's Regional Volunteer Program

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.

Just a Reminder:

You do not have to be experienced or knowledgeable about carpentry or construction to volunteer with HDA! Our carpenters will be onsite to teach and guide you.

Your Service Adventure Includes:

Want to Take Things to a Whole New Level? Take on Our Ultimate House Raising Challenge!

Very few groups have had the guts and the drive to take this one on. It's not a decision to be taken lightly, and if you do take us up on this challenge, we expect you to see it through to the end. Only serious contenders need apply. If you're looking for a premium volunteer experience, this is it!

Need Help? Have Questions? Please Contact:

Jane Rose "Janie" Britton, Volunteer & Community Coordinator
Office: 606-436-0497, ext. 2032

Rebekah Vermillion, Volunteer Program Summer Assistant
Office: 606-436-0497