We are a faith based non profit organization (mission) 501/c3 for children at risk in impoverished counties in the Appalachian Region. We demonstrate Jesus; teaching through the many facets of this mission: feeding the hungry, clothing the less fortunate. We cares about Appalachian communities and are committed to providing social services such as, Clothing Distribution, Teen Leadership, 5 weeks of Kid's 3 day Camps, Working with others Organizations to provide Food Pantry, Senior Commodities and Home Repair, work programs, and much more, all the while sharing the love of Jesus. We believe that many will come to know God in a greater
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We are passionate about what we do here at CMO. Our non profit organization is always looking for volunteers to help us make our vision a reality of making the world a better place for the mountain children. We'll help you find a way to volunteer at this appalachian mission/camp. We are excited to have you join the team, who are truly making a difference in the lives if the mountain families.
According to the latest stats from the US Census Bureau Lee County the unemployment rate is 11.1% and the medium household income being about $18,000. When compared to the federal unemployment rate of 5% it is easy to see why so many of our families are living in poverty and can’t even meet the basic needs such as food, clothing, and shelter. The state census shows that 42% of children under the age of 18 live in poverty and 80% of the children live with their Grandparents.
Your generous gift will help us fund our mission to help those in need. Together, we can make a difference.
We receive applications and conduct interviews of prospective low-income families for home repair needs. Scheduled Volunteers, churches, or groups, provide the work and materials needed to complete chosen home sites.
The mountain children have the option to attend 5 weeks of 3-day, Day Camp, where volunteers from churches provide a Vacation Bible School setting in the morning, and Americans Helping Americans provides lunch and swimming in the afternoon.
The Second Hand Rose is our onsite thrift shop. Working with churches and organizations from all over America we are able to provide free household items, clothing for those in need, and discounted items for low income families.
Is where you can connect with the people here in Lee County, at local events such as The Woolly Worm Festival, Back to School, Longest Day of Play and The 4th of July.
Celebrate The Light (JESUS), is one of the largest Christmas lights celebrations in the area. Starting with award winning Christmas lighting displays. Children received a endless hot coco, hot lunch, gifts, play games and free pictures with Santa. We also distribute gifts to the local jail, senior citizens, and nursing homes.
Our in office pantry provides food to families in need. We also offer monthly commodities from God's Pantry Food Bank for 400 low-income Senior Citizens. Volunteers come one day out of the month to help organize and distribute the large quantities of food. Americans Helping Americans give us 360 turkeys to give out to one person per household to Senior Citizens at our own discretion
Amazon donations 5% of your order to CMO if you register at smile.amazon.com Cumberland Mountain Outreach. We will receive your gift quarterly.
General support contributions are used solely for the purpose of furthering the mission of helping families in poverty to become more self-sufficient and give children hope for their future. PayPal or by mail your gift is greatly needed and appreacited.
All contributions, fees, and travel expenses incurred while participating in CMO's outreach program are tax deductible under current IRS codes. Contact your tax advisor for more information.
We off-ton say" If you need it so will someone else." All types of donations are needed to meet the high demand here in the Mountains. Please consider donating time, money, clothing, food, personal items, shoes, furniture, vehicle. All donations are tax deductible.
Churches groups adopt a house project and donated all of the building materials or money to purchase the building materials. Sometime their fums run short, and have to stop before the job is finished. You can help by sponsoring a group from your church or a family.
Kids' Day Camp is partially funded by a grant from Americans Helping Americans. www.helpingamericans.org.
The Grant Covers Food and Swimming pool fees, as you know there is so much more to a kid's camp, that's where you can help, with crafts, swim toys,gas for transportation.
Work teams come weekly during the summer to work in our rural communities. We find families in need of help or locally initiated grassroots efforts. As a volunteer, you will experience life in another environment by working with local people, eating local foods, and experiencing local hardships and triumphs. Our projects include, but are not limited to, home repair within the capabilities of your volunteer service team. Most projects do not require specific job skill but only a willingness to serve. Your team will select from a list of families, from the Cumberland Mountain Facebook page.
It's difficult for a child to imagine life's possibilities when they live in a house without heat, electricity or running water. With this important program, skilled and non-skilled volunteers work with selected families to affect basic home improvements and repairs. We highly recommend that all participants wear steel-toed boots and long jeans when working on construction projects.
Cumberland Mountain Outreach chooses projects that are a high priority and will have a beneficial, long-term impact on the less fortunate in the communities we serve. As an important team member:
- You will learn more about yourself while learning about others.
- You will learn to appreciate the gifts you have been given and how to share your gifts with others.
- You will learn about the power within you to change the world.
Youth outreach programs include 3 day Day Camp activities/ VBS setting/ swimming in the afternoon. We recommend the same team stay with the children for the three days.
Your team is responsible for Games, Lessens, crafts for a 2 hour period.
Teen leadership program provides area youth with the opportunity to explore life's possibilities while putting their talents and skills to work helping your team if needed, and in their community year around.
YOUTH GROUP LEADERSHIP
Adults accompanying any youth group must be 21 years of age or older and have a valid driver's license. It is our recommendation that there be one adult for every five youth.
HEALTH AND ACCIDENT INSURANCE
We require that all participants be covered under a group or individual health/accidental insurance policy. No one can be registered at camp without a copy of insurance and completed waiver forms CMO. (See Forms)
All efforts are made to accommodate your group's special requests. Final lodging assignments are the responsibility of the group leader. We recommend one adult per cabin.
To ensure a positive outreach experience for everyone, all participants make a commitment to be an active part of the entire week's activities. Please plan to arrive early for your week or weekend outreach program and remain through closing ceremonies.
In keeping with the mission of our outreach, appropriate attire is required. Our clothing guidelines are: no short shorts, no halter or bathing suit-type tops (tank tops are permitted), and no shirts with inappropriate printed material. We highly recommend that all participants wear steel-toed boots and long jeans when working on construction projects.
To ensure a secure and safe experience for everyone, no visitors are permitted at Cumberland Mountain Outreach facilities or at our work sites without prior permission of the your site leader.
There never is a completely typical day, but here is an example of what a day at CMO looks like when you are working on a mission project. The day is similar whether working on a building or with a day camp or VBS.
6:30 AM Wake up
7:00 Devotion time
7:30 Family-style breakfast; pack sack lunches
8:00 organize for work site
8:30 On the road
9:00 Arrive at mission work site
4:00 to 5:00 PM Arrive back at CMO campus
5:30 Family-style dinner
6:00 Sharing the day’s experiences
6:30 Camp projects
7:00 Free evening (we recommend local activities such as bowling, clogging, Hiking, camp-fire story telling, Happy top.) we do have tennis courts.
A sample construction day would be a major home repair including, but not limited to construction, roof replacement, 'weatherization,' or other repairs as needed and are within the capability of the volunteer service team.
A sample day of kids' camp would include picking up children, registration, teaching, music, art, playing games, breakfast / lunch, and offering clothing (if needed). We recommend taking the kids swimming at Natural Bridge State Park; going to a pool is a rare event for them and highly treasured!
What amenities are available on site?
We have a fully functional commercial kitchen so no need to bring your pot, pans, or cookware. Our dining hall will seat 75 people. We have 3 sets of male and female restrooms on site as well as 2 locations for male/female showers. We have 8 cabins on site and each cabin can sleep up to six people. Our cabins are equipped with electricity, air-conditioning and mattresses. We have tennis courts, a fire pit, and an industrial gas grill, along with carpet ball, Foosball, air hockey, and a mini Gym.
Is there a drugstore and grocery store nearby?
There is a Rite-Aide pharmacy and an IGA within 1 mile of the camp. Save A Lot is about 3 miles.
What else should we know?
Each person is responsible to bring their own linens and pillows. Your group leader will need to contact Cindy to choose which project you will be working on. Your group will be responsible on choosing a project, providing materials, tools, and transportation.
Are you open to a pre-visit by me or a couple of people from our church? We might like to look at the facilities, kitchen, sleeping arrangements, etc. and might like to visit the project sites you have mentioned to take measurements and get an idea for supplies.
We can arrange a pre-visit but ask that you schedule it in advance so there are no conflicts in scheduling for work campers that are already on premise.
Are there activities for us to do at night?
We can help you with nighttime activities or you can do your own thing. Sunday night we suggest you go out to the work sites to meet the families. Monday night you can do clogging lessons ( we need to make arrangements for you). Tuesday night we hang around here, play tennis, volleyball, carpet ball, or have a bonfire by the fire pit. Wednesday Devotions at Happy Top it has a walking track, baseball, then stop by Dairy Queen for a snack. Thursday we recommend you take half a day to see the Natural Bridge State Park (one of the wonders of this area) and there is a pool to cool off in. Don't miss clog dancing at Hoedown Island on Saturday night! ($3 per person)
There are two package options available:
1. If you wish to provide your own cook, food, and materials for the jobs you want to work on, the cost is $25 per night per person.
2. C.M.O. is able to provide you with a hometown cook, she provides all the food and a cooking. The cost is $50 per person per day.
You will need to bring tools, and cover all your team's materials , if you choose to help a family in the mountains. Go to Cumberland Mountain on facebook to see your options.
Group Registration Form
Please complete this form to provide us with contact and payment information for your entire group
Contact Leader Name___________________________________
Contact Leader Phone Number__________________________
Contact Leader Email Address ___________________________
Total Number of Campers (One leader required for every 5 minors)_________________________________
Dietary Options (Check one)
Catered in (ad an addition $25 per day)____
Prepare your own (no additional cost)____
Number of campers with meals catered ___ X $50 (per day) = _____
Number of campers without meals catered__ X $25 (per day) = ____
For information please call Cindy Evanoff at 606-464-8134
Camp Activities Options (Check one)
Providing a 3 Day VBS Day Camp____
Orchestrate a Home Repair(tools and materials required)____
ACCIDENT WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY FORM
Date of Activity or Event :________________ ( Check all that apply) Home Repair____ Kid’s Camp____
I HEREBY ASSUME ALL OF THE RISKS OF PARTICIPATING AND/OR VOLUNTEERING IN THIS ACTIVITY OR EVENT, including by way of example and not limitation, any risks that may arise from negligence or carelessness on the part of the person or entities being released, from dangerous or defective equipment or property owned, maintained, or controlled by them, or because of their possible liability without fault.
I certify that I am physically fit, have sufficiently prepared or trained for participation in the activity or event, and have not been advised to not participate by a qualified medical professional. I certify that there are no health-related reasons or problems which preclude my participation in this activity or event.
I acknowledge that this Accident Waiver and Release of Liability Form will be used by the event holders, sponsors, and organizers of the activity or event in which I may participate, and that it will govern my actions and responsibilities at said activity or event.
In consideration of my application and permitting me to participate in this event, I hereby take action for myself, my executors, administrators, heirs, next of kin, successors, and assigns as follows:
(A) I WAIVE, RELEASE, AND DISCHARGE from any and all liability, including but not limited to, liability arising from the negligence or fault of the entities or persons released, for my death, disability, personal injury, property damage, property theft, or actions of any kind which may hereafter occur to me including my traveling to and from this event. THE FOLLOWING ENTITIES OR PERSONS: Cumberland Mountain Outreach and/or their directors, officers, employees, volunteers, representative, and agents, the activity or event holders, activity or event sponsors, activity or event volunteers;
(B) I INDEMNIFY, HOLD HARMLESS, AND PROMISE NOT TO SUE The entities or persons mentioned in this paragraph from any and all liabilities or claims made as a result of participation in this activity or event volunteers, whether caused by the negligence of release or otherwise.
I acknowledge that the Cumberland Mountain Outreach and their directors, officers, volunteers, representatives, and agents are NOT responsible for the errors, omissions, acts, or failures to act of any party or entity conducting a specific event or activity on behalf of the Cumberland Mountain Outreach.
I acknowledge that this activity or event may involve a test of a person’s physical and mental limits and may carry with it the potential for death, serious injury, and property loss. The risks may include, but are not limited to, those caused by terrain, facilities, temperature, weather, condition of participants, equipment, vehicular traffic, actions of other people including, but not limited to participants, volunteers, spectators, coaches, event officials, and event monitors, and/or producers of the event, and lack of hydration. risks are not only inherent to participants, but are also present for volunteers.
I hereby consent to receive medical treatment which may be deemed advisable in the event of injury, accident, and/or illness during this activity or event.
I understand that at this event or related activities, I may be photographed. I agree to allow my photo, video, or film likeness to be used for any legitimate purpose by the event holders, producers, sponsors, organizers, and assigns.
The accident waiver and release of liability shall be construed broadly to provide a release and waiver to the maximum extent permissible under applicable law.
I understand that all claims will fall under my personal insurance and that of my attending church for any activity while in attendance.
I CERTIFY THAT I HAVE READ THIS DOCUMENT, AND FULLY UNDERSTAND ITS CONTENT. I AM AWARE THAT THIS IS A RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND A CONTRACT AND I SIGN IT OF MY OWN FREE WILL.
Print Participant’s Name Age Signature (if under 18 years old, Parent or guardian)
We look foreword to severing with you,here is a little check list for you
___Call Cindy Evanoff to schedule your groups dates 606-464-8134/606-599-7629
___ go to Facebook Cumberland Mountain to select your families then message or call Cindy with you choices. Starting 3/13/19 new families will start to be posted.
___Signed Liability Waiver for each camper ___Copy of Church Activity Insurance ___Registration Form for Group ____Payment and all paper work due upon arrival or fax, mail in advance.
Cumberland Mountain Outreach 102 East Third St. Beattyville, KY 41311
Cumberland Mountain Outreach Ministries Inc.
is a faith based nonprofit organization (mission) 501/c3 for children at risk in impoverished counties in the Appalachian Region. We demonstrate Jesus; teaching through the many facets of this mission: feeding the hungry, clothing the less fortunate, offering part time jobs, home repair, conducting 5 weeks of kid’s camps, teen trainings, all the while sharing the love of Jesus. We believe that many will come to know God in a greater way because of the unconditional love that is shown through the work campers (churches that come to fix families homes) and volunteer staff.
As you may know, Lee County is located in rural Eastern KY which has a very high poverty rate. According to the latest stats from the US Census Bureau, Lee County has about an 11.8% unemployment rate with the medium household income being about $18,000. When compared to the state unemployment rate of 5% and medium income of $42,000. I have seen families live on $500- $700 a month, it is easy to see why so many of our families are living in poverty and can’t even meet their basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter. The state census show that 42% of children under the age of 18 live in poverty, 80% of the children live with their Grandparents, and the schools have an 80% rate for free lunches.
We received 35 Home Repair Applications in the early spring. The Home Repair Applications are for families needing help with basic home repairs.
We interview all the families, make a folder for each of them, and post on Facebook (Cumberland Mountain’s page) in photo albums. Church teams select families to serve the week they are in KY.
In the summer months, 3 Churches / Youth groups registered to come to C.M.O., to work and bless these 9 families. If your Church or group would like to come and be blessed as well as be a bleassing call us at 606-464-8134 to reserve your dates. Or if you would like to sponser the Church youth or family, send your gift to us, remember to put who you want your gift to help.You can go to KY19 on Facebook and see more photos.
At the same time, some of the teens in our Teens In Leadership Program and church groups host five weeks of a 3 day, Kid’s day camp, it’s like Vacation Bible School programs. There are about 20 to 30 mountain children,who attended the Day Camps each week. We know that these children are eating well, getting exercise, growing in Christ, and getting education and social skills. We receive an AHA grant for 2019 Kid’s Camp and the TILP program. Working with AHA, The Creation Museum, and The Discovery Clubs from Birmingham, AL. we were able to take 29 people to the Creation Museum on Friday, July 19th.
The Teens In Leadership Program known as (TILP), is a program developed at Cumberland Mountain Outreach in 2007. This program helps preteens through high school youth, and develops Christian leadership skills. This year’s summer team was: Leader intern Mandy Williamson, senior Rayah Weeks, senior Riddick Blanton, senior Kailey Ellis ,Donald Napier, Faith Hernandez, Mercedes Sandlin, Kaedyn Turner, Madison Gabbard, and Cindy Evanoff (director).
The TILP theme for their Kid’s Camp this summer was a MINIONs theme, Kailey put it so well “We are all looking for a savior, We have found ours in Jesus and you can too.”
Assisting CMO at town events, and school programs throughout the year, here is a small part of the work these teens committed to do in Lee County: 4th of July fireworks offering free Tattoos’, glow sticks, and snow cones to all. The Ready-fest, helping families get ready for school we work with the Lee County Family Resource Center/ Elementary School FRC, and Lee County Middle/High School FRC.
WE WON! Third place at the Woolly Worm Festival 2018 parade, The Theme was FORGIVENESS. We also offer free games, Balloons and Free Kid’s Tattoos’ and a Shark tank (fish game) for a fundraiser and free jackets and hoodies. The last event for the year is a Christmas celebration, open to all Children. This year the party will be Dec.14. from 11:00-3:00.
July 26th some of the team went to meet KY. Governor Matt Bevin, in London KY, He was awarding Eastern KY $ 60.000,000.00 for the completion of Route 30, with hopes of completion in 3 years. This would cut the travel time in half to 75, for jobs and people coming to see the wonders of Eastern Kentucky.
Donald, Cindy, Matt, Faith, Riddick
Celebrate The Light (JESUS), is one of the largest Christmas lights celebrations in the area here at CMO.
We give Christmas gifts to the jail, September Place ( a low-income Retirement Community), Nursing home, and all shoppers at the Second Hand Rose. About 300 guests come here to C.M.O. for our annual Christmas party. Thanks to AHA and Savanna Club Worship Service Inc. in Port St. Lucie FL. and a team of 20 volunteers that come from Georgetown/ Cynthiana, KY area.
Children received a free hot lunch, 2 new gifts, pictures with Santa, played games, and endless cocoa.
The Second Hand Rose (thrift store), the clothing prices are: kid's clothing $.50, all tops $1.00, pants $2.00, coats and nice dresses $2.00, but to the truly needy (homeless and burned out) and over 100 back to school Kid’s, it's all free. We are always in need of household items.
Our food pantry is open from week days10:00 to 3:00 for families in need of emergency food. We average about 25-30 families a month. The food is purchased with money donated through Churches, individuals, and the Fifth Sunday Hymn Sing. Thanks to AHA we were able to give away 360 turkeys in 2018. Because of the lack of income in our county, there is much hunger. When you have to choose between food and a bill, you give up on the good food and make cheap bad food choices, so you can pay the other bills. 80% of Senior Citizens are starving, I never realized the need for food until I started working with the USDA Gods Food Bank and the Lee County Fiscal Court, we provide food box’s to 390 low-income Senior Citizens once a month. I have received so many thank yous with stories of what Thanksgiving would have been like without that turkey.
We did receive the Americans Helping Americans (AHA) $4,000.00 grant for utility assistance for families in need. In 2018 we could give a onetime aid of $20.00 for 200 families. This gives the families time to raise the rest of the money needed before the service was turned off.
God has put together a great team here at CMO Rose Roberts at 89 years old, manages The Second Hand Rose Thrift Store with Mindy. She has done so for the past 15 years, and before that she was the grounds manager for 2 years. That is when the pond and garden was started.
David Evanoff keeps the camp looking great.
The Lee County Fiscal Court is now charging us $500.00 a month in a 2 year lease. So, if you thought about helping us financially, now’s a good time.
We are working with many work programs from K- tap (food stamp program) Ready to work HCTC, an educational program for Moms. Rose Roberts, Andrea, Morgan, Mandy Williamson, David Evanoff, Candace, and Mindy are my back up team. When I’m in need of help, one if not all, will be here to pick up the slack.
There is no way CMO would be here without GOD, His people, prayers, the work teams that come to KY, and the support of people that believe in us.
Pray with me:
Thank you Father for sending Jesus to show us how to live love well. Thank you for willing hearts to share your love, to a cruel and dying world.
Thank you, for putting this letter in the right hands, so your servants will know the work that’s being accomplished in your name here in the mountains. Lead guide and direct us all in the way, you would have us to go. In Jesus’ name Amen! In His Love, Cindy Evanoff www. cmoky.org