United Way of Central West Virginia’s sponsored programs are responsible for providing direct services in response to identified needs in the community. This division works collaboratively with numerous partners throughout the greater Kanawha Valley area and statewide to deliver services effectively and efficiently. Operating with a budget of more than $2 million secured from local state, federal, and private foundation sources, our sponsored programs engage employees, members, and volunteers in strengthening families and improving the lives of people of all ages throughout the service area.
The foundation for Adolescent Health (AHI) is the fundamental and scientific principle that the more developmental assets young people experience, the less likely they are to engage in a wide range of risky behaviors, and the more likely they are to engage in positive behaviors. The Adolescent Health Initiative sees young men and women as vital resources in our community. AHI is proactive about building strengths, encouraging personal responsibility, respecting youth as actors in their own development, offering a consistent message about what is important and offering hope. Visit their website at: www.wvdhhr.org/ahi/
The Regional Teen Institute (TI) is held each summer in June at Camp Rippling Waters. (near Sissionville) TI is for students currently in grades 6 and 8 from Boone, Clay, Kanawha, and Putnam counties. Students participate in the week-long event, with students in grades 9-12 serving as youth staff. The goal of TI is to encourage teens to build leadership skills, make healthy decisions and develop Action Plans to take back to their community. This is accomplished through developing a supportive environment to help youth make these decisions, through a lot of fun activities and making new friends.
For more information on the Adolescent Health Initiative, contact Margo Friend, director, at 304.340.3622 or visit the Regional Teen Institute website at youthmakeadifference.com
LifeBridge AmeriCorps, located in 17 counties across West Virginia, serves children and families in the areas of early childhood education, parent enrichment, and adult assisted learning. In addition to mentoring and tutoring children, members provide services within their communities through service projects, clothing closets, food pantries, and after-school programs. AmeriCorps members receive extensive training to meet community needs and to meet their own personal and professional goals.
For more information about the AmeriCorps program contact Betsy Southall, LifeBridge AmeriCorps director, at 304.340.3519.
AmeriCorps*VISTA (Volunteers In Service to America), located in 14 counties in West Virginia, is part of a tradition of service and represents America at its best: making a sustainable impact, while promoting values of community, responsibility, and opportunity. Members recruit community volunteers to provide sustained reading opportunities for children, provide parent/child enrichment activities, and provide educational information for families in the areas of health, fitness, and nutrition. Members also support literacy programs through grant writing and soliciting donations, and build organizational infrastructure to support literacy programs.
For more information about the AmeriCorps*VISTA program contact Reba Crossen, AmeriCorps*VISTA director, at 304.340.3620.
304.414.4405 is a number you want to remember if you are looking for affordable housing, quality day care, utility assistance, or if you are dealing with a personal crisis, struggling with addiction, or seeking help with an aging parent. Information and Referral maintains a database of community resources for Boone, Clay, Kanawha, and Putnam counties. While the office does not provide direct assistance, the staff will assist you in finding the best services available to meet your needs. The service is free, fast, and confidential.
Information and Referral also oversees the annual Christmas Bureau, which was established to coordinate the efforts of the community in its holiday giving, assists with the Charleston Daily Mail's "Neediest Cases" and is a partner with WV 211, the statewide Information and Referral.
The staff at Information and Referral remains involved in a variety of community activities, including FEMA, Rebuilding Together, United Way Day of Caring, West Virginia Mountain AIRS Information and Referral, Volunteer West Virginia, and educational fairs.
For more information, contact Barbara Mallory, information and referral specialist, at 304.414.4405 or 800.540.8659.
RSVP is America’s largest volunteer network for people age 55 and over. Join RSVP and you join nearly 500,000 volunteers across the country who are tackling tough issues in their communities. RSVP of the United Way of Central West Virginia currently serves Boone, Cabell, Kanawha, and Putnam Counties and is expanding to Lincoln and Wayne Counties. Our members serve at a variety of area non-profits, assisting local health care providers, emergency services, blood donor services, food banks, schools, and nursing homes. They help promote independent living through senior assistance, provide office support and computer skills to non-profits, and take the lead in organizing neighborhood projects.
RSVP volunteers also support our signature programs: Trauma Dolls for health care providers, the distribution of File of Life Packets, and Disaster Preparedness Workshops.
For more information on this program, contact Terry Stone, RSVP Associate Director, at 304.340.3524.
Foster Grandparent Program – Share Today. Shape Tomorrow.
Foster Grandparent’s share their love, time and experience helping children in need. Foster Grandparent’s are role models, mentors and friends. Serving at schools, after school programs, day care and youth facilities they help children learn to read provide one-on-one tutoring, and guide children at a critical time in their lives. Foster Grandparents give the kind of comfort and love that sets a child on the path toward a successful future.
If you’re at least 55 years of age and want to share your experience and compassion, you have what it takes to be a Foster Grandparent. Foster Grandparents volunteer from 15 to 40 hours per week and receive a small stipend so they may volunteer without cost to themselves. Our Foster Grandparent Program serves Boone, Cabell, Fayette, Greenbrier, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, Putnam and Wayne counties.
When you volunteer, you’re not just helping others, you’re helping yourself. Volunteering leads to new discoveries and new friends. Plus, volunteering promotes a positive outlook on life. If you would like to volunteer or want more information, contact Kim Good, FGP Director at 304-340-3636.
VITA is an IRS-sponsored program working with the WVASF and community organizations to provide high quality tax preparation to tax filers - free of charge! There are 90 VITA sites located statewide.
For more information about WV VITA locations, how to volunteer and other helpful information, visit http://wveitc.com/.