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Over the years, many groups have stayed at Big Creek People In Action while serving the people of southern West Virginia. Generally, groups stay for one week during the summer months. Past groups include (but are not limited to):


Amity United Methodist Church (Chapel Hill, NC)

Belmont United Methodist Church (Nashville, Tennessee)

Berwick Academy

Bridgeport Christian Church (Frankfort, Kentucky)

Centerburg United Methodist Church (Centerburg, Ohio)

Cherry Log Christian Church (Cherry Log, Georgia)

Christ Episcopal Church (Bronxville, New York)

Christ United Methodist Church (York, PA)

Christian Church of Arlington Heights (Arlington Heights, Illinois)

Convent Baptist Church (Leesville, South Carolina)

Downingtown Friends Meeting

Emmanuel Episcopal Church (St. Louis, Missouri)

Faith Viera Lutheran Church (Florida)

First Evangelical Lutheran Church (Gray Manor, Maryland)

Flossmore Community Church (Chicago, Illinois)

Future Generations Graduate School

Harvest Baptist Church – South Carolina

Hebron Baptist Church (Dacula, Georgia)

High Street United Methodist Church (Muncie, Indiana)

Hope Force (Brentwood, TN)

Little Savannah Baptist Church (North Carolina)

Mabel Baptist Church

Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Mt. Olive, NC

New Town Baptist Church – Georgia

Otterbein United Methodist Church – Mount Wolf, PA

Pine Grove Baptist Church – South Carolina

Red Bank Baptist Church (Lexington, South Carolina)

River Road Unitarian Universalist

Samaria Baptist Church – South Carolina

Second Baptist Church – Richmond

Sidwell Friends School (Washington, DC)

Skidaway Island Methodist Church (Savannah, Georgia)

Smyrna Baptist Church – South Carolina

South Lexington Baptist Church (Lexington, South Carolina

Stone Valley Parish

St. Francis Episcopal Church (Zionsville, Indiana)

St. John's Episcopal Church (Boulder, Colorado)

St. Mark's Catholic Church (Vienna, Virginia)

St. Peter & Paul Church (Hamburg, New York)

Town and Country Work Mission (Ohio)

Unitarian Universalist – Columbia, MD

Unitarian Universalist – Portsmouth, NH

Unitarian Universalist Church (Roanoke, VA)

United Methodist Volunteers in Mission

Upshur Helping Hands (Buckhannon, West Virginia)

Washington Quakers (Washington D.C.)

Yorkana Church



Big Creek People In Action has established relationships with many colleges and universities throughout the United States in order to effectively link the ideologies of academia to the tangible needs of American society. Oftentimes, colleges choose to come to BCPIA for an alternative spring break. In addition, many students choose to complete summer internships at BCPIA. Colleges and universities that have worked with BCPIA include:


Adrian College

Allegheny College

Ball State University

Berea College

Berwick Academy

Bluefield State College

Carnegie Mellon University

Carson-Newman College

Catawba College

Centre College

College of the Ozarks

Concord University

Dartmouth College

Davidson College

Eastern Mennonites

Emory and Henry College

Ferrum College

Guilford College

Hollins University

Loyola University, Chicago

Mars Hill College

Maryville College

Morehouse College

Pfeiffer University

Rhodes College

Rider University

Savannah College of Art and Design

Southeast Community College

Southeast Missouri State University

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College

St. Mary's University

St. Norbet

Tusculum College

Union College

Unitarian Universalist – Columbia, MD

Unitarian Universalist – Shelter Rock, NY         

University of North Carolina/Wilmington

University of Notre Dame

University of Richmond

Virginia Tech

Wagner College

Warren Wilson College

Washington and Lee University

Waynesburg College

West Virginia Wesleyan College

Wofford College





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


American Red Cross

Americans Helping Americans


Christian Appalachian Project

City of War

Coalfield Community Action Partnership

Community Crossing, Inc.

Council of Southern Mountains

Department of Health and Human Resources

Experience Works

Future Generations

Just Connections

Kellogg Leadership for Community Change

Laubach Literacy Program

LINKS Job Readiness Training

McDowell County Adult Basic Education

McDowell County Board of Education

McDowell County FACES

Mountaineer Food Bank

Public Broadcasting Station

Reconnecting McDowell

Southern Coalfields Tobacco Prevention Network

Southern Highlands Community Mental Health Center

Summer Youth Program

Susan G. Komen For the Cure

United Way LifeBridges


War Public Library

Welch Daily News

Welch Public Library

WV Department of Health & Human Resources

WVU Extension – McDowell County

WV Works - Youth Connections