Help rehabilitate dilapidated and energy inefficient homes, classrooms and other buildings in economically devastated rural coalfield communities. Trades professionals are especially helpful, but everyone who can wield a paint brush or pound a hammer can work alongside and mentor participants in the local “Youth Build” program—young people who are working on-site to develop their trades skills and earn their GEDs.
“I definitely know more about the Appalachian culture now – how black and white populations mix, and how customs extend back through many generations. I developed an appreciation for the challenges local people face in order to get ahead.”
“When asking co-workers what volunteering means to them, I came up with the list of: educating, love, teaching experiences, useful, eager, caring, giving, generous, beneficial, humanitarian, free-hearted, and that they had fond memories of helping others, themselves, or of being helped by someone as a friend locally or abroad, but most of all, it is a service that is very needed in our communities.”
“In this community, everyone looks out for one another. They’re more than just neighbors, they’re family. We as volunteers have helped each other, embraced our neighbors, learned new things, had fun, and most of all, we’ve made a difference. Our new goal is to continue making a difference.”