Volunteer West Virginia, the state's Commission for National and Community Service challenges West Virginians to strengthen their communities through service and volunteerism.
We identify and mobilize resources, promote an ethic of service, and empower communities to solve problems and improve the quality of life for individuals and families.
We envision a West Virginia where everyone feels a responsibility and has an opportunity for community service and volunteer work; where state government, educational institutions, churches, nonprofits, and service organizations work together to create and sustain systems that enable people to strengthen themselves and their communities through meaningful focused and well-designed service programs.
Volunteer West Virginia is established to advise and assist in the development and implementation of a comprehensive, statewide plan for promoting volunteer involvement and citizen participation in programs to serve the needs of the State of West Virginia and its communities, as well as to serve as the state’s liaison to national and state organizations which support a similar mission.
Volunteer West Virginia has three primary functions:
- To identify and mobilize resources;
- To promote an ethic of service; and
- To empower communities to solve problems and improve the quality of life for individuals and families.
To fulfill our mission, we support organizations involved in community service and volunteerism through a wide range of services and technical assistance:
- Serves as a clearinghouse of information for those who wish to address community problems through service and volunteerism,
- Provides basic and advanced training in volunteer management,
- Serves as a convenor to bring diverse individuals and organizations together to develop common goals through shared efforts;
- Acts as a catalyst for positive community change, encouraging innovative ideas and programs that address community needs through service and volunteerism.
Established in 1994 by Executive Order of Governor Gaston Caperton, Volunteer West Virginia achieved legislative status in 1995. Our bipartisan nature was confirmed and strengthened through the support of Governor Cecil Underwood's administration beginning in 1997. Our 25 Commissioners, appointed by the Governor, meet quarterly around the state.
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