The Highland Educational Project

"Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received."
1 Peter 4:10


HEP depends on the generosity of churches and individuals to provide items for those in need.  We are capable of providing assistance in the form of home repair and maintenance to those who cannot afford a contractor, as well as clothing distribution and utility assistance. 

We can accept donations of non-perishable food items in unopened containers, clothing that is appropriate for all seasons of the year, cleaning and construction supplies, school supplies, and more.  Please contact Lori Osborne if you wish to make a supply donation. Financial donations are accepted and appreciated as well. 

HEP is designated as a 501.c.3 Not-for-Profit agency, and all donations are tax deductible. 


HEP has work groups come in to the region as part of our “Work-Learn-Share Program.” The groups typically come every summer to do home repairs for area residents who cannot afford to hire contractors. Some groups have been coming here for over 35 years.  Work is not limited to summer months; we can work with you on  dates that fit with your schedule throughout the year.

There is a lot that needs to be done, so we are always looking for groups interested in mission work.  In the past, groups have volunteered from one weekend to two weeks.  We have facilities to accommodate any length of time you or your group is willing to spend in the region. 

If you find that your time here has been enriching, we ask that you consider our “Partners in Ministry” program.  If you would like to become a partner,  we ask that you make an annual commitment to our ministry.  We are looking for groups to think about making three to five year commitments (or more!) to HEP’s “Work, Learn, Share” program.  This is a wonderful opportunity for making outreach an important part of your long term ministry and mission. 

We also understand that with busy work and family schedules it is difficult to commit time off for traveling long distances for mission work.  If you cannot commit time, you can choose to support a group coming into the region.  This option is helpful for our groups because it lessens the financial burden of travel expenses on their part, as well as some of the costs associated with feeding hungry workers during their stay and with rebuilding or maintenance projects the groups have committed to while in the area.  Some groups have come from as far away as Illinois and Eastern Pennsylvania to work in the region and have been as large as 30 people, so the costs for transportation and food can be quite high.  A contribution on your part can alleviate these high costs and be a great way of supporting our ongoing mission to the residents of McDowell County and the surrounding region. 

You can view our volunteer brochure by clicking here, or by using the link above.