Friends of Appalachia, Inc. (FOA) is a Trumbull, Connecticut based 501c3 Community Organization, open to all, which strives to educate and sensitize youth and adult volunteers to address the needs of the impoverished people in Central Appalachia.
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 the ASP 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.
In the years since, FOA has participated in ASP each summer. Our participation and amount of money committed to the region is growing steadily.
FOA Towns/States/Counties we have served
2010 - Butler, TN - Carter County
2011 - Chapmanville, WV - Logan County
2012 - Jackson, KY - Breathitt County
2013 - Boone, NC, - Watauga County
2014 - Whiteburg, KY - Letcher County
2015 - Newport, TN - Cocke County
2016 - Huff Creek, WV, - Logan County
2017 - Evarts, KY - Harlan County
2018 - Clay, WV - Clay County
2019- Johnson City, TN - Washington Country
FOA's 2009 Founding Board Members
Anna Henry, President
John Dosky, Vice President
Lisa Peters, Treasurer
Val Collison, Secretary