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Need to add some adventure to your life???  Visit us in Wild and Wonderful WV!

The following story was shared by Joan Stewart, MVMAW. 
Some mission teams experience more of a cultural adventure than others.  Such was the case for the group of 8 young women from Lutheran Campus Ministry of St Louis that got to stay at the Freedom Full Gospel Assembly House of Prayer near Gilbert.  Pastor Rebecca Boardman had me in tears as she described their first night.  "Yes, we slept with Lester," she told me.  WHO?  It appears that Lester was the dead body that spent the night there on his way to another location the next day.  Because there was no mortuary to "store" him after the wake in Gilbert at another church, he spent the night at FFG before moving on to his final destination.  I said, "So was anyone creeped out by that?"  OH YEAH she said quickly.  But evidently it made for some great conversation.  She said it turned out that he was no trouble really.  He didn't bother them, didn't eat their food, or make unnecessary comments.  He was just there.  I had to ask if this was not standard practice in St. Louis?  Frankly it was not she said. 
 
Now Cab (the site supervisor) was out of town this week, but left his right hand man Chassie in place.  Rebecca said they LOVED Chassie and his wife Pam.  And every day Cab called from the beach and talked to them all.  She said they felt like Charlie's Angels--the voice on the phone calling every day with encouragement and new assignments. 
 
Worship at the church was not, well, Lutheran.  Yet they were amazed by the authenticity and passion of the church folks, and their sense of hospitality had all of them feeling at home.  It was powerful to grasp what united all of them, not what divided them. 
 
God calls us out of our comfort zones to Go out into all the world.  I am certain no one wanted to miss the bus that took them back to civilization, yet at the end of the week Pastor Rebecca said they were taking home far more than they brought. 
 
We GET to do this y'all!


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Habitat for Humanity West Virginia

Contact:

Lora Pierce
Executive Director
Habitat for Humanity of WV
PO Box 70146
Charleston WV  25301
304/720-7636
http://www.habitatwv.org


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES IN SOUTHERN WV

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WV MINISTRY OF ADVOCACY AND WORKCAMPS

A Christian organization that offers opportunities for discipleship by working in areas of disaster recovery by bringing home repair to families who are victims of flood, poverty, handicap or other disaster.

Contact:
Joan Stewart
Phone:  304-846-2294
Email:  joanandtim.stewart@gmail.com
Website:  www.wvpresbytery.org (click ministries, then WVMAW)


LOGAN COUNTY

The widow of a Vietnam Veteran is in need of a new roof for her home.  The home is located in Delbarton which is a 20 minute drive from Logan.

 Contact:
 Andy Clark
P.O. Box 397
Henlawson, WV  25624
Phone:  304-752-2110
Email:  wilford1947@yahoo.com

FAYETTE COUNTY

Southern Appalachian Labor School repairs coal camp homes for owner-occupants in the Oak Hill WV area.

Contact:
John David
Phone:  304-640-1772
Email:  jdavid@citynet.net
Website:  www.sals.info

Morris Creek Watershed Association is located in Montgomery, WV.  They are a non-profit devoted to remediating acid mine drainage, the by-product of unsafe mining practices used in Appalachia.

Contact:
Allison Ring
OSM/VISTA Coordinator
Morris Creek Watershed Association
P.O. Box 927
Montgomery, WV  25136

Email:  morriscreekwatershed@frontier.com
Phone:  304-981-4393
               304-442-4581

WYOMING COUNTY

Rural Appalachian Improvement League, Inc. is an organization whose mission focus is the West Virginia coalfields.  They help families help themselves. 

Contact:
Dewey Houck
Rural Appalachian Improvement League
300 Front Street
P.O. Box 171
Mullens, WV  25882

Phone:  540-344-4750
Email:  mullensproject@aol.com

Milam Creek Community Center is a newly formed agency working along the 5 miles of Milam Creek in Wyoming County.  Among the projects they need help with is trail development and their new community garden.
Contact:
Dvon Duncan
300 Front Street
Mullens, WV  25882

Phone:  304-294-1005
Email:  director@easterncoal.org
Website:  www.easterncoal.org

RALEIGH COUNTY

Pine Haven Center in Beckley, WV is a 150 bed homeless shelter.  They are in need of porch repair, floor laying and electrical expertise.
Contact:
Billie Meador
Phone:  304-255-9138  or  304-640-3903
Email:  billie@rccaa.org

   
The Dameran Project is an effort to help a single mom with some needed home repairs. 

Contact:
Sherri Schafer
P.O. Box 3054
Wheeling, WV  26003

Phone:  304-312-4222
Email:  clp@clp-online.org

MCDOWELL COUNTY

The Highland Educational Project (HEP) is an ecumenical outreach agency located in McDowell County, WV.  The agency serves families and individuals in the region who may require multiple forms of assistance.

Contact:
Lori Osbourne
P.O. Box 204
Welch, WV  24801
Phone:  304-436-2641
Email:  hep24801@hotmail.com
Website:  www.highlandeducationalproject.org
                  www.youtube.com/user/MissionHEP


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES IN NORTHERN WV

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OHIO COUNTY

The Children’s Museum of the Ohio Valley needs help with several projects at their facility.
•Building exhibits – They are in need of a stream table.  It would consist of carpentry and plumbing.
•Electrical – More power and more outlets are needed.
•Bathroom remodel

Contact:

Vera Uyehara
1000 Main Street
Wheeling, WV  26003

Phone:  304-214-5437
Cell:  301-538-5285

Email:  vera@NicaArtGallery.com
             cmovkids@gmail.com


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES IN THE EASTERN PANHANDLE

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JEFFERSON COUNTY

Good Shepherd is located in Shepherdstown.  They need help providing home repairs to people living in the Shepherdstown area.  Examples include:  step railing repair, wheelchair ramp repair and build, yard work, electrical work, roof repair, underpinning, and painting.

Contact:
Angie Hill
Email:  AHill@gsivc.org
            director@gsivc.org


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES IN THE MOUNTAIN LAKES REGION

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MARION COUNTY

Marion County Habitat for Humanity is located in Fairmont, WV. 

Contact:

Teri Dalton, Executive Director
PO Box 721
Fairmont, WV  26555

Phone:  304-363-4244
Email:  director@marionhabitat.org
Website:  www.marionhabitat.org


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES MID-OHIO VALLEY

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WOOD COUNTY

Worthington Mental Health Services, Inc. is located in Parkersburg, WV.  Its primary focus is finding permanent housing for individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, people with mental illness, and people with disabilities.  They have an apartment building with 4 single units and 3 homes for families.  Their primary need for help is in maintenance for the buildings.

Contact:
Roger Bradley
Phone:  304-865-0202 (office)  304-679-7693 (cell)
Email:  wmhs2004@hotmail.com

CLAY COUNTY

Clay County Schools has a grant from the Kanawha Valley Foundation to buy materials to refurbish a building to serve as a center for community organizations to meet and have storage for items in case a family has an emergency. 

Contact:
Cindy Willis
Associate Superintendent
Clay County Schools
285 Church Street (PO Box 120)
Clay, WV  25043

Phone:  304-587-4266
Email:  cdwillis@access.k12.wv.us

KANAWHA COUNTY

The West Virginia Council of Churches is in need of help with repairs and painting of the exterior of their building. 

Contact:

The Rev. Dennis Sparks
Executive Director
West Virginia Council of Churches
2207 Washington St. East
Charleston, WV  25311-2218

Phone:  304-344-3141 (office)   304-546-7013 (cell)
Email:  dsparks@wvcc.org
Website:  www.wvcc.org


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES MOUNTAINEER COUNTRY

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MONONGALIA COUNTY

The Mountaineer Wellness Center is located in Morgantown, WV.  Mountaineer Wellness, Inc. coordinates programs and services that guide individuals to achieve fitness of mind, body & spirit. At the same time, we always recognize & emphasize individuality, personal choice, pleasure & FUN!  This organization needs help with building repairs and improvements. 

Contact:

Wendy Cerne
Executive Director
Mountaineer Wellness, Inc.
1702 River Road
Morgantown, WV  26501

Phone:  304-983-2648
Email:  wendycerne@mountaineerwellness.com
Website:  http://www.mountaineerwellness.com


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES IN WESTERN MARYLAND

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GARRETT COUNTY

Please contact the CLP office if your mission team is interested in a project in Garrett County, MD.
Sherri Schafer
P.O. Box 3054
Wheeling, WV  26003
304-312-4222

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