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.
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
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.
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
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.
Program Director: Dorothy Horne
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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.
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