The AIM program seeks to bring adults (18 and over) from all over the country together to the Cumberland Plateau in Grundy County, Tennessee to meet the great needs of the people here. The Appalachian region is one of the most beautiful areas in the country. It is also one of the most poverty stricken. Deeply rooted in traditional values and heritage, the people of this area take pride in the fact that they can band together and survive with little when many cannot. That is why when you come to Mountain T.O.P., you work WITH a family or a child, not FOR them.
The AIM program helps to plant seeds of lasting change in the hearts and minds of Grundy County residents. Since its formation in 1989, the AIM program has been growing and changing, continually seeking ways to plant those seeds. Major Home Repair provides visual change to living conditions while Summer Plus, Kaleidoscope, and Quest seek to communicate skills and knowledge to the children and youth of the area that they can carry with them into the future. All of these programs allow you, along with your team of fellow campers, to actively minister and bring hope to people who need it. Each program has its own specific appeal: the only thing that changes will be your tools. Some folks will swing hammers, some will bend pipe cleaners. Some people will bang on drums while others lend a caring ear to a crying child. Look below to discover which program is right for you!
Summer Plus, Kaleidoscope and Quest are only offered during the 3 camp weeks in the summer, while Major Home Repair is offered during all weeks in the summer and 5 weekends in the fall. Because Summer Plus, Kaleidoscope and Quest take place at the same time as Major Home Repair, summer volunteers have a choice of ministry emphasis. One volunteer may choose Home Repair, while another may choose Summer Plus, Kaleidoscope or Quest (depending on which one is offered that camp week).
In the summer, campers spend a week in service, beginning on Sunday at noon and ending the following Saturday morning. In the fall, campers arrive Thursday evening and leave Sunday morning, allowing for 2 days of Major Home Repair work.
In both the summer and fall, programming activities include daybreak, group morning devotional, sharing and worship.
Click here to find out the cost and dates for each of the AIM programs.