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Volunteering in West Virginia

Big Laurel Learning Center

Along the beautiful Tug Fork River near Kermit, W.Va., this rural community center offers environmental service opportunities to educate and assist communities affected by mountaintop removal mining. “The coal mines are right next door and people suffer from this fall-out of the coal society,” says Gretchen Shaffer, Big Laurel’s volunteer program shepherd. Volunteers participate in organic gardening, mentoring children in outdoor and academic activities and preparing meals. Short-term and long-term opportunities available, including an AmeriCorps position. 18 and older. Get involved! Call 304-393-4103 or visit biglaurel.orgK. Boyajian

Coal River Mountain Watch

On-site volunteers work and live with seven housemates on 178 acres in Rock Creek, W.Va., and participate in environmental justice endeavors. The goals of CRMW range from ending mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia to helping restore clean water to Coal River Valley. CRMW also works with Energy Efficient West Virginia to create and promote sustainable economic development in the region. Short-term and long-term programs available. Get involved! Call 304-854-2182 or visit crmw.netK. Boyajian

Direct Action Welfare Group

Started as a grassroots group in Charleston, W.Va., in 2002, DAWG is comprised of current and former public assistance recipients statewide who work together towards ending poverty. “My Life Project,” volunteers can contribute online through posts, articles or videos to share their stories. DAWG volunteers help with community dinners, school supply drives and information sessions as well. Teens can also get involved in DAWG’s Youth Empowerment Program which helps to improve leadership skills and promotes community organizing. All ages. Get involved! Call 304-590-8050 or visit wvdawg.orgK. Boyajian

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