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West Virginia Programs 2012-2013


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

Education Alliance/Frontline

Energy Express

High Rocks Educational Corporation



KISRA, Kanawha Institute for Social Research and Action, Inc.

LifeBridge

LifeBridge Veteran Corps

Mid-Ohio Valley Board of Health

Ohio-WV YMCA/Camp Horseshoe

Alliance for Children - Planning Grant

Prestera Center for Mental Health Service - Planning Grant


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 will 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.
7 AmeriCorps members

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


Communities Helping Communities/Playmates

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AmeriCorps members with Playmates Child Care/Community Helping Communities, on behalf of the Cabell-Wayne Early Childhood’s project, will develop and implement 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. Also, 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 Conservation Corps of West Virginia’s (CCCWV) Empowering Communities AmeriCorps members will construct/improve public recreational and cultural heritage projects in the mountains of southern West Virginia.  The members will enhance these 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.
10 AmeriCorps members

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


Education Alliance/Frontline

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The AmeriCorps members with the Frontline of School Success program will support the curriculum-based mentoring of 560 students.  The program will expand 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 will engage additional volunteers and more than 50 community organizations in this effort. 20 AmeriCorps members

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


Energy Express

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Energy Express engages members topromote 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

Program Director: Alicia Cassels                                           
Alicia Cassels@mail.wvu.edu
304-293-3855


High Rocks Educational Corporation

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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. 22 AmeriCorps members

Program Director: Jessica Perry                                             
jp@highrocks.org                              
304-653-4891


KISRA - Kanawha Institute for Social Research and Action, Inc.

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The KISRA AmeriCorps program engages members to provide mentoring, social support, and learning opportunities for mental health consumers in Kanawha County.  KISRA uses the nationally recognized Compeer Program Model to assist individuals with their transition from mental health related hospitalization to independence in their community. 12 AmeriCorps members

Program Director: Season Lewis                                                      
slewis@kisra.org                                                           
304-768-8924


LifeBridge

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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 serveat sites throughout the state. 70 AmeriCorps members

Program Director: Betsy Southall                                          
bsouthall@unitedwaycwv.org               
304-340-3519


LifeBridge 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. 10 AmeriCorps members

Program Director: Betsy Southall                                          
bsouthall@unitedwaycwv.org               
304-340-3519


Mid-Ohio Valley Board of Health

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

Program Contact: Janet Heiney                                             
Janet.L.Heiney@wv.gov                               
304-965-9425


Ohio-WV YMCA/Camp Horseshoe

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AmeriCorps members with Ohio-West Virginia YMCA’s Camp Horseshoe serve at a 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: Lois Nelson                                              
lois@hi-y.org
304-478-2481


Alliance for Children, Inc. - Planning Grant

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Program Title: West Virginia Youth in Transition
Contact: Scott Boileau                                                           
sboileau@alliance4children.org
304-342-8477


Prestera Center for Mental Health Service, Inc. - Planning Grant

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Program Title: Substance Abuse Prevention and Recovery Capital
Contact: Kim Miller                                                               
kim.miller@prestera.org
304-525-4024


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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