Why I Volunteer
Cabinet Secretary Gayle Manchin,
Education  and the Arts

Being involved in community service is much like attending a fund-raiser: you have a great meal, or party to attend, and you don't have to cook or clean up, and you have supported a good cause.  

Selfishly, when I participate in a group, or even a solo volunteer service,  I always leave feeling really rewarded inside--like I made a difference--ME, and that is one great feeling!  

However, on the flip side of that coin, I have also helped someone on a project, made someone else feel good about themselves, or was just in the right place at the right moment to make a difference in someone's life. 

The impact of that is pretty overwhelming--and it isn't about money--it's about caring--caring about other people. The important lesson for me, and for them, is that it is not about a hand-out, it is about a hand-up, so that person can become strong and then help someone else. 

The cycle of service is never ending--we all need each other.
Volunteer Opportunities 
Day to Serve Food Drive
September 16th |  Point Pleasant 

Local canned food drive to assist with replenishment of the local food bank/shelter. Items will be distributed the day of the event. Learn more here
Historic Weston State Hospital Cemetery Cleanup 
September 18th |  Weston

Weston State Hospital was a facility that cared for individuals with mental illness from the 1800s to the 1990s. 

Three historic cemeteries (used until 1970s) have fallen into disrepair. Volunteers are needed to assist with brush removal, landscaping, and other grounds care tasks. Long term goals for interested volunteers will be to research records and restore markers that may have been damaged or misplaced.  Learn more here.
Help the Church Mouse and Cross Lanes Community
September 19th |  Cross Lanes 

Help pack backpacks for weekly distribution to hungry children, spruce up the  community thrift store -sorting items and stocking shelves, and work in the community garden. Learn more here.
Photo Credit: The Register-Herald
United Way of Southern West Virginia's Dancing With The Stars
September 22nd | Beckley 

Volunteers truly make this event possible, from directing traffic, taking tickets, collecting votes, decorating beforehand, cleaning up afterwards, judging the dancers, and the dancers themselves. It truly takes a village to make this a successful event! 
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Read to a Rescue with West Virginia Horse Network
September 23rd |  Tornado  

Children from throughout the community are invited to attend and read books to horses that have been rescued from abuse or neglect here in West Virginia.
Make historic Arthurdale Heritage Shine!
September 23rd |  Arthurdale

Help beautify  Eleanor Roosevelt's first New Deal Community!

Volunteer work will include painting, tending flower beds, removing shrubs and weeds, and cleaning inside the historic Forge and Museum. Learn more here.
Marshall Medical Outreach & Trash Pickup
September 23rd |  Huntington

Come join in for a wonderful morning of medical outreach, feeding the hungry, and cleaning up the beautiful city of Huntington. Learn more here.
Manna Meal Gardening & Ground Hog Fence
September 23rd 
South Charleston

Spend the morning harvesting, completing garden maintenance tasks, and installing a ground hog fence. All are welcome! Please bring gardening tools, a post-hole digger, and water. Learn more here.
Forks of Coal Educational and History Day
September 23rd 
Charleston

Help clean up while enjoying an interpretive float trip on the Coal River or an interpretive nature hike. 
Get Alarmed West Virginia  

As part of Governor's Day to Serve, the  WV State Fire Marshal and the Red Cross  are recruiting volunteers to save lives by installing free smoke alarms in homes from September 9th to October 14th. 
 
Volunteers are needed throughout the state. This is a perfect opportunity for
businesses, church groups, clubs, and 
Lions Clubs, Rotary, & more! 
 
To register as a volunteer  click here .  
How To Get Involved
 
As a Group/Organization
As an Individual
1.  Add your volunteer project to 
the Day to Serve Event Map
1. Visit the Event Map to find a volunteer project near you.

2.  Fill in details of your event in the short event form.
2.  Contact event coordinator to get involved

3. Your project will be added to the map! 
3.  On the day of the event, show up, build relationships, and make a difference!
Other News!
Mini-Grants Are Back!

Qualifying non-profits may be eligible for an award of up to $250 to host a Day to Serve service project. 

Is there something that needs done in your community? Get inspired: build a garden, paint a mural, build a little free library, host a community clean up.  Learn more here   .
Thank you Governor Justice!
Volunteer West Virginia is an agency of 
the Office of the Secretary of Education and the Arts 
with Cabinet Secretary Gayle Manchin