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The Alliance of West Virginia Champion Communities inspires leadership by example. Those who participate learn how to facilitate meetings, develop agendas, conduct surveys and network with other leaders. Members mentor emerging community leaders in structuring projects, writing grant applications, organizing volunteers and other important leadership skills.
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Community Development
AmeriCorps Programs

AmeriCorps Programs
1201 New York Avenue NW
Washington DC 20525
202-606-5000
questions@americorps.org

  • AmeriCorps State and National supports a broad range of local service programs that engage thousands of Americans in intensive service to meet critical community needs.
  • AmeriCorps VISTA provides full-time members to community organizations and public agencies to create and expand programs that build capacity and ultimately bring low-income individuals and communities out of poverty.
  • The AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) is a full-time residential program for men and women, ages 18-24, that strengthens communities while developing leaders through direct, team-based national and community service.

Each year, AmeriCorps offers 75,000 opportunities for adults of all ages and backgrounds to serve through a network of partnerships with local and national nonprofit groups.
AmeriCorps members address critical needs in communities all across America.

As an AmeriCorps member, you can:

  • Tutor and mentor disadvantaged youth
  • Fight illiteracy
  • Improve health services
  • Build affordable housing
  • Teach computer skills
  • Clean parks and streams
  • Manage or operate after-school programs
  • Help communities respond to disasters
  • Build organizational capacity


Appalachian Forest Heritage Area

Appalachian Forest Heritage Area
Phyllis Baxter
P. O. Box 1206
Elkins WV 26241
304-636-6182
afha@appalachianforest.us

  • Provides maps of forest areas and trails
  • Provides calendar of nature and heritage tourism events
  • Provides news of forest projects

The Appalachian Forest Heritage Area is an effort to integrate central Appalachian forest history, culture, natural history, products, and forestry management into a heritage tourism initiative to promote rural community development.


WV Votes.com

WV Votes.com
West Virginia Secretary of State
Bldg. 1, Suite 157K
1900 Kanawha Blvd. East
Charleston WV 25305
304-558-6000    866-SOS-VOTE
WVSOS.com

  • Information on voter registration, voting locations, absentee voting, etc.
  • How to run for office, information about candidates, voting districts, etc.
  • Rules for election officials, training materials for poll workers, etc.
  • Election results
  • Information about voting fraud prevention and reporting

Voters, candidates, election officials and poll workers find election-related information on this website which is a service provided by the WV Secretary of State's office.


Education
High Rocks for Girls

High Rocks for Girls
High Rocks
HC 64 Box 438
Hillsboro WV 24946
304-653-4891
info@highrocks.org

  • Support girls to be their BEST SELVES.
  • Raise THINKERS and DOERS.
  • Build COMMUNITY.
  • Grow a healthy ORGANIZATION.

The mission of the High Rocks is to support and strengthen young West Virginia women from all walks of life.

Our purpose is to educate, empower and inspire girls, giving them the confidence to lead active lives and work toward the long-term betterment of our community.

We believe that by investing in girls, we are creating a strong, vibrant, participatory community for all of us; we believe we are investing in the economic, social, intellectual, and democratic basis of our future.


Mission West Virginia, Inc.

Mission West Virginia, Inc.
304-523-0623
techsupport@missionwv.org

  • Community Learning Labs in rural communities.
  • Build It, Keep It, Share It is a one week training. Youth are provided with the tools, parts, and knowledge needed to build their own computer. At the end of the training, the student is able to take the computer home with them.
  • Technology Academy allows small business owners and those looking to start an online business to learn e-Commerce skills at workshops.

The STEP-UP program has created 45 computer labs in rural areas of southern West Virginia through funding and support of the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. The labs provide free public use of computers with broadband internet access.


Student Conservation Association, Inc.

Student Conservation Association, Inc.
Headquarters
689 River Road, P. O. Box 550
Charlestown NH 03603-0550
603-543-1700
webmaster@thesca.org

  • From basic trail work to advanced research, we offer a conservation force with the knowledge, skills and passion to do the work that you need done. And we offer you the opportunity to mentor new generations of conservation professionals.
  • SCA offers internships (must be 18 years or older) in over 50 disciplines throughout the US.
  • As an SCA national crew member, you will build hiking trails, protect threatened habitats, sleep under the stars and connect to the land in ways you never thought possible. You will share this experience with other high school crew members and two experienced adult leaders.

The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is a nonprofit organization that offers conservation internships and summer trail crew opportunities to more than 3,800 people each year. SCA members complete projects in every conservation discipline - from archeology to zoology - and everything in between.

SCA's mission is to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of our environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land.


WV Family Literacy Initiative

WV Family Literacy Initiative
An affiliate of the WV Adult Basic Education Program
304-558-5616
dvarner@access.k12.wv.us

There are a variety of agencies and organizations in WV that offer services that can be blended into effective models for developing a comprehensive, four-component family literacy program.


Entreprenuership
Small Business Administration

Small Business Administration
West Virginia District Office
320 West Pike Street, Suite 330
Clarksburg WV 26301
304-623-5631
wvinfo@sba.gov

  • Financial Assistance
  • Contract Opportunities
  • Disaster Assistance
  • Online Training
  • Counseling & Assistance
  • Special Audiences
  • Laws/Regulations
  • Compliance

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. We recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America's future, and to helping the United States compete in today's global marketplace.


WV Small Business Development Center

WV Small Business Development Center
Program Lead Center
Capitol Complex
1900 Kanawha Blvd. East
Bldg. 6, Room 652
Charleston WV 25305-0311
304-558-2960     888-982-7232
mgamble@wvsbdc.org

  • Access to Angel Capital through the ACE-Net system
  • Consulting on business startup
  • Consulting on financial matters & developing loan packages
  • Consulting on management and personnel issues
  • Going Into Business in West Virginia (publication - on-line or hard copy)
  • Ombudsman services - help with regulatory matters
  • Sample Business Plan (on-line)
  • Training - on-line or on-site
  • Awards for SBIR/STTR proposal preparation
  • Awards for Small Business Work Force development
  • Women and Minority-Owned Business Database

The West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) is a division of the West Virginia Development Office and is funded by the State of West Virginia, the United States Small Business Administration, and our Community Colleges and Workforce Investment Board Partners. The WVSBDC promotes economic development through a program of practical, interrelated services, providing assistance to existing small businesses and the emerging entrepreneur.


Health
American Red Cross

American Red Cross
Central WV Chapter

888-574-2459
info@cwv-redcross.org

  • Disaster services
  • Health and safety training
  • Armed forces support
  • Blood supply services

The Central West Virginia Chapter serves the people of Kanawha, Cabell, Raleigh, Mercer, Putnam, Clay, Boone, Braxton, Wyoming, Summers, Webster, Lincoln, Wayne, McDowell and Mason counties in West Virginia; Lawrence County, Ohio, and the city of Bluefield, Virginia.


Technology
Connect Kentucky

Connect Kentucky
311 West Main Street
Frankfort KY 40601
info@connectkentucky.org

  • Provides a model for for technology-based development training services
  • Career development programs

ConnectKentucky develops and implements effective strategies for technology deployment, use, and literacy in Kentucky businesses, in the areas of web design, internet marketing, and the use of video materials in the marketing process.


Connecting Rural Communities

Connecting Rural Communities
Southern Rural Development Center
662-325-3207

  • Define connected communities and their potential
  • Conduct community capital and technology assessments
  • Lead a visioning process to identify goals for the adoption and use of technology
  • Design projects to help the community attain goals
  • Facilitate implementation of the community projects
  • Help communities document their progress and tell their story

Connecting Rural Communities is a guide to enhancing the use and adoption of information technology tools and infrastructure in rural communities.


Community Internet

Community Internet
Internet for Everyone
Free Press
501 Third Street NW, Suite 875
Washington DC 20001
202-265-1490
info@freepress.net

  • Community Internet provides information about establishing municipal broadband utilities including examples, regulations, and other resources
  • InternetforEveryone.org is convening townhall meetings across the country. You are invited to inject your voice into a national broadband plan which will be delivered to the Obama administration and congressional leaders in Washington as a people-powered guide to building a better Internet in America.

Free Press is a national, nonpartisan organization working to reform the media. Through education, organizing and advocacy, Free Press promotes diverse and independent media ownership, strong public media, and universal access to communications.


KinetiX, Inc.

KinetiX, Inc.
P. O. Box 401
Richwood WV 26261
304-846-9684
info@kinetxwv.com

  • Internet marketing training
  • ECommerce marketing program
  • Low cost HD video production
  • Technology support

KinetiX, Inc. is a West Virginia nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing world-class online marketing assets to the small business community. The company specializes in training micro businesses (less than five employees or in-home


G. H. Bailey Company

G. H. Bailey Company
Glendenin, WV
304-548-6731
ghagaman@citynet.net

  • Marketing Plans
  • Economic Development
  • Public Relations
  • Graphics and Production
  • Special Projects (documentaries, videos, brochures)

The G. H. Bailey Company will assist you in putting relevant & appealing messages in front of today's internet shoppers, by applying traditional marketing planning to blend electronic media into your advertising program including social sites, email programs & website advertising.


G. H. Bailey Company

Regional Economic Development Partnership (RED)
Karri Mulhern
304.232.7722
304.230.1273
kmulhern@redp.org

  • RED encourages business start-ups through entrepreneurial activity and offers financial assistance through state and local loan programs.

The Regional Economic Development Partnership (RED) creates business opportunities in West Virginia through generating new jobs and stimulating the economy.


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