Volunteering in Appalachia: A Community Effort


Volunteering in Appalachia: A Community Effort

By Kelsey Boyajian, Meredith Warfield and Emmalee Zupo

Photo courtesy Christian Appalachian Project

Photo courtesy Christian Appalachian Project

Appalachia’s rich history of community unites this region. Whether it’s neighbors lending a hand in the yard, or a dedicated group joining together to clean up a local river, the tradition of service and volunteering is a way of life.

The benefits of service are vast. When we help each other, we learn from one another too. It may be a new skill, such as gardening, or it may be opening up our minds to new perspectives. However you want to help, there’s no shortage of opportunities to join and serve. Below is a listing of some regional programs, but it’s certainly not exhaustive. If you have a favorite organization, just ask if they accept volunteers — because they probably do!


North Carolina



West Virginia


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