The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

October 29, 2012

Nine counties to benefit from initiative


— The Citizens Conservation Corps of West Virginia, in oversight and coordination of the Reaching the Summit Community Service Initiative, has announced the selection of more than 350 projects to be performed during the 2013 Days of Service that will take place during the Boy Scouts National Jamboree in July.

The total number of service projects is expected to exceed 300,000 hours of volunteer labor throughout the nine-county region. The CCC has worked for the past 18 months to engage and educate community leaders and citizens throughout Southern West Virginia about the importance of volunteerism and to ensure that everyone interested in submitting a project has had an opportunity to do so.

“We are thrilled with the response from Southern West Virginia for The Initiative,” said Robert Martin, CEO of the CCC. “Our process began by identifying a Champion to spearhead our efforts in each county so that we could ultimately launch the largest five day volunteer initiative in our nation’s history.

“The Initiative represents a tremendous opportunity for our state,” Martin said. “With the incredible support of our nine county champions and the national backing of the AmeriCorps/National Civilian Community Corps, we completed 18 ‘demo projects’ this summer. The demo projects showed the citizens of the nine counties that these projects are real, the volunteers are engaged, and opportunities are being realized.”

The Boy Scouts of America will unleash up to 40,000 Scout volunteers throughout Southern West Virginia to perform a variety of community service projects during the The Initiative’s five days of service. AmeriCorps NCCC has committed to sending over 250 young adult volunteers from across the nation. In addition, a variety of Service and Conservation Corps will team up with CCC for this first-ever initiative.

The two-week Comment/Review period ends Tuesday.  A complete list of approved projects for The Initiative is printed on page 7 of this edition and can also be found on the CCC’s website which is www.cccwv.com.