West Virginia and Maryland Member Information


Information from Previous Caucus Meetings:

Community Opportunity to Help for Thanksgiving:

From John David at Southern Appalachian Labor School: Lesley Taylor with the Region 4 Planning and Development Council is again coordinating the area ThanksGiving Dinner program…please publicize this information.  We want to make sure that everyone in need in our area  has a Thanksgiving Dinner this year. The Community meal is also posted on FB: https://www.facebook.com/FreeCommunityThanksgiving

Generation West Virginia Opportunities…

NewForce is a six-month, fully-remote, tuition-free coding school. Our goal is to build a tech economy in West Virginia that works for everyone. Check it out HERE

The Career Connector is a new statewide job board, and more! By leveraging a network of young West Virginians throughout the state, Generation West Virginia can help you expand your search, get tailored quality candidates, and reduce recruitment costs. Learn more here 

Check out The HUB!

11/15/22 – Free Online Courses on Capacity Building & Tackling Projects! 

The Hub offers free online courses to help community teams learn about capacity building and tackling projects together. You can access our courses for free through our Kickstart Communities. Access our lessons here and learn how to make the most of your plans 

USDA Rural Partners Network in Southern WV

The Hub will convene partners across twelve counties in West Virginia to address infrastructure, economic, workforce, and housing development in rural communities with support and guidance from the USDA. The Southern West Virginia Community Network has been selected as one of 22 rural regions nationwide to take part in the network. Rural Partners Network (RPN) is an all-of-government program that partners with rural communities to help them access resources and funding to create local jobs, build infrastructure, and support long-term economic stability on their own terms. Read more about the role The Hub will play with the USDA RPN

From The Fund!

11/8/22 – HOME-ARP Information from Cathy Colby:

HOME-ARP-Allocation Plan WV, & Cathy Colby HOME-ARP Info

WVHDF Info/Funding Opportunities – Link to WVHDF Programs Page

Board information HERE

2020 Annual Report

The Appalachian Regional Commission announced millions in funding to West Virginia projects through POWER grants!

Fifteen West Virginia projects are receiving millions in POWER grant funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). This funding is a major victory for communities across the state that are working to boost their economies and develop their communities for tourism and connectivity. The projects named include expanding broadband access, mountain biking trail development, and workforce development to bring new energy to communities across West Virginia. Learn more about what projects are receiving ARC POWER grants »

August 2022 Flood/Mudslide Information:

Some southern West Virginia communities are facing this challenge again…you can see coverage of the flooding coming out of these communities, like this story from Daily Yonder about communities in Eastern Kentucky and this story from WSAZ about mudslides in Mingo County, WV. As Appalachians begin their work recovering, we’re doing one of the things that we do best – banding together to support our neighbors through times of strife. Ready to help? See a list of places to support in Kentucky compiled by Appalshop and connect with your local United Way in West Virginia if you think one of your neighboring communities may be in need.

From FHLB-Pittsburgh

WEST VIRGINIA’S EMOTIONAL STRENGHTH LINE! Feeling anxious, overwhelmed or emotionally exhausted? We are here to help. Our professional crisis counselors are trained to listen and help you find the way forward with stress-management strategies as well as community resources and referrals. Underwritten by FEMA and the DHHR, Help304 – offering free counseling via call, text, and chat. Find out more about this service on help304.com

WV State Policy Learning Library today!

We produced hundreds of stories and tools during that time, including resources that have timeless lessons to share about engaging in West Virginia’s state-level policymaking process.

We’re sharing those resources all in one place – the WV State Policy Learning Library

West Virginia’s 2022 legislative session is in progress now. 

These are our top 5 most-visited stories in the WV State Policy Learning Library:
What happens when House and Senate can’t agree? Conference Committees »
  What is Crossover Day and How Does It Influence House and Senate Rules? »
  Are you interested in tracking a bill at the Legislature? Follow these steps. »
  What happens when multiple bills are passed about the same topic? »
  Why committees are the powerhouses of the legislature »    

The West Virginia Legislature is in their annual 60-day session through March 12, 2022.  Find important dates in the process: See the 2022 Legislative Calendar »
Track what’s happening: Staff at the legislature run the official West Virginia Legislature Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/wvlegislature) as well as the official Twitter feed (@wvlegislature). They also run two other Twitter feeds – one for house floor action (@wvhouse) and one for senate floor action (@wvsenate).
Advocate for what you care about online: Read Black By God’s Citizens Guide to Online Advocacy for the 2022 West Virginia Legislative Session »    

Learn How to Build Community

The HUB offers free information and tools for every West Virginian. Whether you have a project in mind that you are hoping to advance, or you just want to learn the foundational principles of making positive change in your town, we’ve got your back. ACCESS VIRTUAL LEARNING TOOLS

Office of National Drug Control Policy

We are very excited to share that on Friday, the Administration released a new tool to assist rural community leaders in building an effective local response to the crisis of addiction, the Rural Community Action Guide: Building Stronger, Healthy Drug-Free Rural Communities.  

The guide complements both the Community Assessment Tool, which gives county specific data about deaths and factors which may make a community more vulnerable to addiction, and the Federal Rural Resources Guide, which includes comprehensive information about different federal funds for rural communities impacted by addiction.  The Guide also has a companion supplement, a listing of promising practices which you can find here: Rural Community Action Guide: Promising Practices.