2018 CHEF Reflections – Kate Noland, Appalachia Service Project

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This post is part of the 2018 CHEF Intern Series.
My Name is Kate Noland and I worked for Appalachia Service Project (ASP) - New Build this summer. I am originally from Maggie Valley, North Carolina, which is located in the Western mountainous part of the state. Maggie Valley is about 2 hours away from ASP. I am currently a Senior at Carson-Newman University which is located in Jefferson City, TN, where I am majoring in Human Services. With all of that being said, I have always been in close to ASP but I have never worked directly for this organization.

For the past two summers I have been an AmeriCorps Member at a site that is similar to ASP called Appalachian Outreach (AO). At AO I was on the home repair team, but I also did some work with the kids club and in the food pantry. I have always heard that about ASP and how they are very similar to AO. One thing that I can relate to right away is the fact that both of the organizations serve families in Cocke County.

I love working for ASP. I love being in Johnson City! I have never been here before and I am slowly falling in love with it. The people here are great and so far I have been doing work that goes right along with my major. I have been doing some initial home visits, putting paperwork together, and learning more about the population that we are serving.

I really enjoyed going to the CHEF gathering Tour at the beginning of the internship. I had a good time getting to know the other interns, Fahe Members, and the core values of Fahe. I really liked getting to see what this work is all about, especially learning all about Liberty Place Recovery Center for Women in Richmond, KY. I worked at a women and children only homeless shelter in Jefferson City, TN so I was able to make a lot of connections.

I am thankful I was able to have this amazing opportunity.



Fahe's CHEF (Community Housing & Economic Fellowship) Interns participate in a 12-week summer program designed to provide internship opportunities for emerging professionals within the Appalachian region. With support from Rural LISC, Fahe's CHEF Program connects Appalachian students to internships within Fahe's nonprofit Member Network, creating opportunities to develop and retain leaders who will shape our region’s future. Rural LISC

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