Mountain T.O.P. (Tennessee Outreach Project) is now accepting applications for its SpringBREAKOUTreach, Youth Summer Ministry (YSM) and Adults In Ministry (AIM) programs for 2009. AIM will celebrate its 20th anniversary next year.

The programs allow volunteers to make a difference in the lives of families from the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee, either through home repair or youth programming.

Mountain T.O.P.'s 2009 camp season will begin with SpringBREAKOUTreach, which offers college-age students or church youth groups (or any other group of willing volunteers) the opportunity to spend their spring break in ministry. This flexible program includes two days of work for Cumberland Mountain families and two days of work on Mountain T.O.P. camp facilities. The program is less structured than Mountain T.O.P.'s youth and adult ministries, and can even include optional activities like caving, hiking or the low ropes challenge course located at Mountain T.O.P.'s base camp.

SpringBREAKOUTreach camps will be offered between Feb. 15 and April 18.

During the summer of 2009, the Youth Summer Ministry and Adults In Ministry programs will take place.

In the Youth Summer Ministry (YSM) program, volunteers, in small work teams, participate in minor home repair projects for mountain families in need or conduct day camp activities for children from isolated mountain communities. In the evenings, they gather for worship and to share the good news about what took place at their individual work sites during the day.

The AIM program places adults on major home repair work teams, or as volunteers in one of two children's programs: Kaleidoscope, an arts camp for special needs children, and Summer Plus, an enrichment camp for teenagers from the mountains. Volunteers of both genders and all skill levels, from novice to expert, are needed in each of the three programs. Any and all are welcome.

Two week-long AIM events will be held in 2009: June 21-27 (home repair and Summer Plus) and July 5-11 (home repair and Kaleidoscope). Weekend AIM home repair events will also be held during the fall.

Mountain T.O.P., established in 1975, is an interdenominational ministry affiliated with the Tennessee Conference of The United Methodist Church. Volunteers in 2008 came from 100 congregations and 11 denominations; the United Methodist volunteers alone represented 25 conferences.

More information can be found on the Mountain T.O.P. Web site,, by e-mailing or by calling 931-692-3999.