Be the change you wish to see!






Over the years, many church and college groups have stayed at Big Creek People in Action while serving the people of southern West Virginia. Generally, church groups stay for one week during the summer months.   Colleges send students during their spring and fall breaks in order to effectively link the ideologies of academia to the tangible needs of American society.


Big Creek People In Action works in collaboration with many different organizations throughout the United States.

American Red Cross

Americans Helping Americans


Catholic Community Charities

City of War

Coalfield Community Action Partnership

Community Crossing, Inc.

Council of Southern Mountains

Life Bridge AmeriCorps

McDowell County Adult Basic Education

McDowell County Board of Education

McDowell County FACES

Mountaineer Food Bank

Reconnecting McDowell

Senior Community Service Employment Program

Southern Highlands Community Mental Health Center

United Way of Southern West Virginia

War Public Library

Welch Daily News

Welch Public Library

WV Department of Health & Human Resources

BCPIA partners with many organizations to offer needed services in the community.  Our organizational partners include LifeBridge AmeriCorps, who sponsor our AmeriCorps program; the local Department of Health and Human Resources, who provide volunteer staff through the WV Works Program; the WV Department of Health and Human Resources, who support our Family Resource Center and provide volunteer staff; the McDowell County Board of Education, Southside K – 8, the McDowell County Career & Technology Center, and the county Head Start centers, who allow us to work with their students; Senior Community Service Employment Program who provide us staff; Americans Helping Americans, who send us new coats, blankets, shoes, diapers, and food to distribute;  the Council of Southern Mountains and Mountaineer Food Bank, who work with us on hunger reduction;. Catholic Community Charities, who help people get assistance with their electric bill; as well as a partnership with  the United Way of Southern West Virginia.  We provide meeting space for the Southern Highlands mental health patients and their workers, for local coal mine classes, and other organizations.   We also collaborate with other organizations in the county by distributing information at their events as well as providing referrals for services that we do not provide.