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Big Creek People In Action, Inc. was founded in 1990 by citizens of McDowell County, West Virginia. Since that time, this nonprofit organization has been serving the community of McDowell County in the realms of education and literacy, leadership development, volunteer service, service learning, arts and culture, housing, recreation, and collaborative partnerships. BCPIA's vision of McDowell County is one of empowered and self-sufficient people living in communities that are economically vibrant, democratic, and socially just. To learn more about the history of Big Creek People in Action, please Click Here!

QUARTERLY ACTIVITIES – JULY TO SEPT. 2016

AFTERSCHOOL

48 days of Afterschool with 29 kids attending.  Department of Education Food Program training was attended, nutrition class was held with the students, and the students went on a Field trip.

IN-SCHOOL TUTORS

Vocational school tutors served 264 students during this time period with Reading and Math Tutoring.  Adult tutor served 3 adults at the Adult Basic Education Center in Welch.

AMERICORPS/VETCORPS

Clean-up campaign was held at the War Playground and members set up a display and distributed free books at the McDowell County Drug Free Day event held in Welch.

PLAYPALS

7 sessions serving 4 adults and 6 children during this period.

HEALTHY LIFESTYLES / FAMILIES

Mom’s & Babe’s Fair held with 56 families and 81 children being served.  Each family received a large gift of their choice such as a car seat, stroller, etc. as well as a laundry bag filled with numerous other items.  Many organizations set up information booths and brought door prizes and other freebies.  Lunch was served and there were workshops presented on infant care by Birth to Three, Office of Maternal, Child, and Family Health, Parents as Teachers Program and UniCare.  Also continued a project with Coventry Care to work with community members who have diabetes or asthma.

VETERANS

Assisted 42 veterans during this time period with food boxes, help with resumes, and assistance in applying for veteran’s benefits. 

COMPUTER LAB / JOB TRAINING

45 people used the computer lab.  Received assistance with resumes, job searches, and with the GED class.

HOUSING REHABILITATION

Housed 150 people from one college and six church volunteer groups during this reporting period serving 223 people with housing rehabilitation services.

WV WORKS PROGRAM

The Department of Health and Human Resources placed five of their clients here during this period to work with the Community Works program.  One person with Experience Counts was here during this reporting cycle.

  1. Parenting Skills Training and Support

  • 7 Play Pal events were held during this period serving 4 adults and 6 children.
  • Mom’s & Babe’s Fair – 56 families and 81 children were served. 
  • Distributed information at the Early Childhood Fair at Welch Armory.
  • Information booths set up at Mom’s & Babe’s Fair.
  • Information distributed at Tug River Spring Fling.
  • Information distributed at Information Fair at Work Force.

  1. Outreach Services

*Southern Highlands mentally challenged clients came on April 12th and June 17th and we served 13 adults.

*Our computer lab was open for the public during this period with 45 people making use of the facility.

*Housing Rehabilitation services:  Housed 150 people from 1 college and 6 churches,   conducting housing rehabilitation projects.  223 people were served during this reporting cycle.  We installed sheetrock and insulation, lay new flooring, constructed steps, plumbing, constructed a handicap ramp and scraped and painted the exterior of at least 3 homes.

*We provided two tutors for the McDowell County Career & Technical Center.

*Provided a LifeBridge AmeriCorps VetCorps member to assist local veterans and to facilitate our computer lab.  42 veterans were served with food boxes, helped with resumes, and assisted in applying for veteran’s benefits.

*AmeriCorps members conducted a Clean Up Project at the War Playground.

*Nutrition class was conducted with After School students.

*Bonnie’s Bus visit to set up event in September.

  1. Community Referral Services

Had several calls needing different types of assistance and the ones that needed services we don’t provide were directed to places to go for the help they needed.

  1. Linkages to Health Programs and Information if applicable

*Project with Coventry Care was continued with BCPIA to work with community members who have diabetes and asthma.

*Nutrition class was conducted with After School

*Bonnie’s Bus site visit at Center.

*Information gained at Early Childhood Fair in Welch.

*Information gained at McDowell County Drug Free Day.

  1. Linkages to Respite Care and Transportation if applicable

*We provide transportation for our after school children Monday through Thursday and on Field trips.

  1. Coordination of Optional/Flexible Services if applicable

*We hosted 5 Welfare to Work adults during this reporting period.

*We hosted 4 LifeBridge AmeriCorps members during this period.

*We hosted one Senior Citizen workforce person during this reporting period.

  1. Community Referral Services

Had several calls needing different types of assistance and the ones that needed services we don’t provide were directed to places to go for the help they needed.

  1. Linkages to Health Programs and Information if applicable

Two parenting classes were held for a family that needed them for the Department of Health and Human Resources.  Project with Coventry Care was continued to work with community member who have diabetes or asthma.

  1. Linkages to Respite Care and Transportation if applicable

*We provide transportation for our after school children Monday through Thursday and to Field trips.

  1. Coordination of Optional/Flexible Services if applicable

*The Department of Health and Human Resources placed five of their clients here during this period to work with the Community Work Experience program.

*We hosted 4 LifeBridge AmeriCorps members during this period.

*We hosted one Senior Citizen workforce person during this reporting period.

            *Assisted 42 veterans during this time period with food boxes, help with resumes,           and assistance in applying for veteran’s benefits.

            *45 people used the computer lab.  Received assistance with resumes, job           searches, and with the GED class.

Parenting Education:

  • Display and information provided at Early Childhood Fair held at Welch Armory.
  • Mom’s & Babe’s Fair.  Information booths provided.

Afterschool:

  • 48 days of Afterschool with 29 children attending. 
  • Dept. of Education Food training program attended.
  • Nutrition class conducted with students.
  • One Field trip during this period.

In-School Tutoring/Literacy:

  • We have provided two AmeriCorps members to serve as tutors in our After School program.
  • We have continued to provide a tutor for the program at the McDowell County Vocational & Technical Career Center at Welch.  The program has been such a huge success we were approached by the principal and were asked to partner on a Memorandum of Agreement with them to provide a person to work in this program.  We also provide an AmeriCorps member to assist this person.

Computer Lab/Job Training:

  • During this reporting period both children and adults have continued to use our computer lab.  They have used the lab for job training, research, science project research, resume building, resource research for veterans, and various other things.  During this reporting period, 45 people used the computer lab.
  • BCPIA hosted 5 DHHR volunteers during this reporting period.  These volunteers did everything from answering phones to cleaning to volunteering in our After School program.  They are to log a certain number of hours in the computer lab.
  • BCPIA has a staff person from the Experience Works program.

Housing Rehabilitation:

  • Housed 150 volunteers during this period who served 223 people with housing rehabilitation services.
  • Unitarian Universalist Church

Volunteer groups from Warrior Creek Development.

Centre College

SS Peter & Paul Church from New York

Sidwell Friends school from Washington, DC

Upshur Helping Hands from Buckhannon, WV

Burke School from Washington, DC

South Church from New Hampshire

            Services included plumbing, flooring, handicap ramp, installing insulation and    sheetrock, constructing steps, and painting exterior of homes.

Service Learning/Volunteer Groups:

  • Opportunities such as learning about our coal heritage, our community and our music and stories were shared with our volunteers throughout this reporting period.  They were treated to trips to the Beckley Mine Exhibition, hikes to High Rocks, a visit to Berwind Lake and a Bluegrass band and flatfooter.

Special Events/Giveaways:

  • Spring Carnival
  • Display and information at Early Childhood Fair at Welch Armory
  • Mom’s & Babe’s Fair
  • Display and information at Tug River Spring Fling
  • Display and information at McDowell County Drug Free Day event.
  • Display at Information Fair at Work Force office.
  • LifeBridge AmeriCorps clean-up project at War Playground.
  • Big Creek High School Alumni Prom
  • Mountain Music Festival
  • Afterschool Field trip.

 

 

Contact Information:                  

Big Creek People in Action, Inc.                           

HC 32 Box 541

War, WV 24892

Ph. (304) 875-3418

Fax: (304) 875-3518

Email: bcpia3418@netscape.net