AmeriCorps Programs in West Virginia

West Virginia Programs 2013-2014


Getting Things Done in the Mountain State

Here in West Virginia, more than 730 members are serving to meet some of the most critical needs in West Virginia, including poverty and illiteracy. West Virginia has established state priorities of building learning communities, sustainable economic development, and disaster preparedness and response.

Below is a listing of current West Virginia programs. For information on applying for a grant to support AmeriCorps members in West Virginia see How to Bring AmeriCorps to your Community.

Click the links below to learn more about our specific programs.

Appalachian Forest Heritage Area (Competitive Program)

Appalachian Forest Heritage Area (Formula Program)

Communities Helping Communities/Playmates

Citizen Conservation Corps of West Virginia/Empowering Communities

Department of Education - Office of Child Nutrition

The Education Alliance/Frontline

Energy Express



High Rocks Educational Corporation

LifeBridge

LifeBridge Veteran Corps

Mid-Ohio Valley Board of Health/Change the Future WV

Ohio-WV Youth Leadership Association/Camp Horseshoe

Preservation Alliance of WV

 


Appalachian Forest Heritage Area - State Competitive Program

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Appalachian Forest Heritage Area AmeriCorps members assist community organizations and agencies in conservation, heritage development, and historic preservation efforts as well as by recruiting and involving volunteers. AFHA's members benefit communities by enhancing assets through projects such as trails and habitat improvements, developing heritage events and interpretation, and rehabilitating historic community buildings.    20 AmeriCorps members

Program Director: Phyllis Baxter                                           
phyllisb@appalachianforest.us              
304-636-6182


Appalachian Forest Heritage Area - State Formula Program

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AFHA AmeriCorps members complete at least 3 projects in fields of heritage development. Members will be responsible for planning and implementing the projects with the service sites. These will be substantial projects reflecting significant activity over the year and showing benefits to the community and environment.
5 AmeriCorps members

Program Director: Phyllis Baxter                                           
phyllisb@appalachianforest.us          
304-636-6182


Playmates Childcare on Behalf of Cabell-Wayne Early Childhood Council/Communities Helping Communities

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Playmates Child Care/ Communities Helping Communities AmeriCorps program on Behalf of the Cabell-Wayne Early Childhood's develops and implements a community-wide collaborative project. Members serve to help improve learning readiness and the academic performance of over 1,000 students ranging from Pre-K through 8th grade. They help strengthen communities through the recruitment of volunteers and engaging in service learning projects. 31 AmeriCorps members

Program Director: Judy Kachelreis                                                    
Jkach1@aol.com                                           
304-429-6167


Citizen Conservation Corps of West Virginia/Empowering Communities

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Citizen's Conservation Corps of West Virginia's (CCCWV) Empowering Communities AmeriCorps members construct/improve public recreational and cultural heritage projects in the mountains of southern West Virginia. The members enhance communities by leveraging additional community volunteers to complete environmental stewardship projects including: construction/renovation of hiking trails; improving trail signage; upgrades to community parks; wildlife enhancements that include planting 400 trees/saplings; and cultural heritage renovations at historic sites as well as environmental educational presentations.
16 AmeriCorps members

Program Director: Dorothy Horne                                                    
dhorne@wvccc.com                           
304-656-7594


Department of Education - Office of Child Nutrition

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The West Virginia Farm to School AmeriCorps Program members will serve throughout West Virginia to improve the nutrition of youth with the purpose of reducing childhood obesity. Members will strive to improve nutrition by increasing the availability on school menus of local fresh fruits and vegetables and locally grown products, implement educational activities for students and families about healthy eating choices and agriculture, recruit and mobilize community members to participate in farm to school activities. 10 AmeriCorps members

Program Director: Keri Kennedy                                           
kkennedy@access.k12.wv.us                        
304-558-2709

 


The Education Alliance/ AmeriCorps on the Frontline of School Success

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The AmeriCorps members of the Frontline of School Success program supports the curriculum based mentoring of 560 students. The program expands existing resources to provide mentoring for students identified as at risk for failing school, to improve academic engagement, school attendance and reduce disciplinary referrals. The program engages additional volunteers and more than 50 community organizations in this effort. 20 AmeriCorps members

Program Director: Emily Schoen-Pratt                                           
emily@educationalliance.org                        
304-342-7849


West Virginia Extension Service/Energy Express

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Energy Express engages members to promote successful reading skills for more than 2,800 children living in rural and low-income communities across the state. Children receive two nutritious meals each day, and with AmeriCorps members serving as mentors, they participate in reading, writing, recreation and drama activities. Members also involve community volunteers in children's learning, particularly in one-on-one reading with participants. 500 AmeriCorps members

Community Strengthening Coordinator: Terri Collier                                           
tscollier@mail.wvu.edu
304-293-3855


High Rocks Educational Corporation/ High Rocks Youth Education and Empowerment

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High Rocks AmeriCorps members serve in a four county span of southeastern West Virginia. In order to meet the needs of these communities, members provide mentoring and tutoring to students in the local communities, as well as at two academic summer camps. In addition, members assist with community garden projects and with recruiting volunteers to staff community spaces for youth. 21 AmeriCorps members

Program Director: Sarah Riley                                           
sarah@highrocks.org                               
304-653-4891


United Way of Central WV/LifeBridge AmeriCorps

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LifeBridge AmeriCorps members serve as part of one of two corps. In the Education Corps, members' focus on things such as tutoring at-risk students, involving families in developing literacy involvement activities for children, providing assisted-learning activities to help adults earn their GED and recruiting and training parent and community volunteers. In the Health and Human Service Corps, members assist with mentoring, life and job skill training, information and referral services, as well as offering financial literacy guidance. LifeBridge members serve at sites throughout the state. 70 AmeriCorps members

Program Director: Lacinda Fresquez                                          
blfresquez@unitedwaycwv.org                
304-340-3519


United Way of Central WV/LifeBridge AmeriCorps Veteran Corps

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LifeBridge Veterans Corps members are veterans from each of the four branches of military service. The members provide peer to peer mentoring, life and job skill training, information and referral services, as well as financial literacy guidance to homeless individuals, or those at risk of becoming homeless. The program focuses on helping other veterans, as homelessness among veterans is a major issue, but it not limited to that population. 20 AmeriCorps members

Program Director: Lacinda Fresquez                                          
lfresquez@unitedwaycwv.org                
304-340-3519


Mid-Ohio Valley Board of Health/Change the Future WV

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Mid-Ohio Valley Board of Health AmeriCorps members are engaged in bridging and increasing access to medical care including oral and behavior health. Members identify at risk or in need individuals, providing individual support and education for the economically disadvantaged, rural and medically underserved populations. 10 AmeriCorps members

Program Contact: Carrie Brainard                                             
Carrie.L.Brainard@wv.gov                               
304-485-7374


Ohio-WV Youth Leadership Association

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The Ohio-West Virginia Youth Leadership Association's, Camp Horseshoe AmeriCorps program members serve at the camp in Tucker County. This camp focuses on building basic leadership capacity. Through the efforts of the members and camp staff, children and teenagers from across the state are provided with a quality summer camp experience. 20 AmeriCorps members

Program Director: David Cooper                                              
david@yla-youthleadership.org
304-478-2481


Preservation Alliance of WV

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Preservation Alliance members assist 12 nonprofit organizations in the preservation of historic properties to decrease waste and demolition debris. The Preserve WV AmeriCorps program assists in the re-use, revitalization and development of historic resources in West Virginia. The members will assist organizations to save and adaptively re-use historic buildings to increase environmental stewardship and reduce waste; revitalize historic communities and develop potential heritage tourism sites to assist with community economic development; assist grass roots, nonprofit historic preservation organizations to more effectively manage volunteers and build capacity. 11 AmeriCorps Members

Program Director: Danielle LaPresta                                                            
dlapresta@pawv.org
304-572-2788


AmeriCorps is one of many national service programs administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The Corporation provides opportunities for Americans of all ages to serve their communities through AmeriCorps*State and National and AmeriCorps*VISTA, Learn and Serve America, and the National Senior Service Corps. Volunteer West Virginia, the state's Commission for National and Community Service, administers AmeriCorps*State grants in West Virginia. Volunteer West Virginia is a state agency funded in part by the Corporation for National and Community Service, with additional funds received from the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts.