Programs and guidelines


CMO is a non-profit faith-based organization serving at-risk children and families in the most distressed areas of the Appalachian Mountain region.

Cumberland Mountain Outreach is about rebuilding homes and hope!
As an ecumenical, faith-based organization, we serve a seven- county area of Appalachia located in the Daniel Boone National Forest, approximately two hours southeast of Lexington, Kentucky.

  Work teams come weekly during the summer to work in our rural communities. We assisting church leaders to 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.


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.

Your team will select from the following programs:

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. 

Kid's Camp

youth outreach programs include  3 day  Day Camp activities/ VBS (summer weekday). We recommend the same team stay with the children for the three days.

                                                                     Photo courtesy of L. E. MacDonald

TEEN  Leadership program
Teen leadership program provides area youth with the opportunity to explore life's possibilities while putting their talents and skills to work helping incoming Churches and in their community year around. 

Food pantry
Food pantry is a year-round distribution program,with the help of local Church's and volunteers.  If your church would like to help the foods we give out are Instant oatmeal, pop tarts, grits, crackers, mac and cheese mix, ramen noodles, Vienna sausage, chicken noodle soup, fruit cups,sardines, canned fish.

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.

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.

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.

If you have any questions please fill free to call Cindy at 606-464-8134.