Big Creek People in Action functions as a boarding house for groups who wish to come and serve in the community of McDowell County, West Virginia.
Currently, our facilities are capable of housing approximately fifty people. Our facilities include ten toilets, eight showers, a kitchen with refrigerated storage space, a gymnasium, a computer lab with internet access, three telephone lines, a television with cable service, bed linens, blankets, pillows, washers and dryers, pots and pans, silverware and dishware. Groups should bring their own bath towels and wash cloths. (Note: At times, groups may have to share facilities with other groups.)
Upon arrival, groups will be assigned a project(s) to be completed throughout their stay with Big Creek People in Action. The nature of the project will vary according to the skill level of the group, the size of the group, the needs of the community, and the weather. At times, groups may be asked to complete work projects to improve the facilities of Big Creek People In Action, which is located in an old elementary school undergoing continuous renovation. Typical work projects include painting homes, installing windows, and flooring.
Groups are required to pay a boarding fee. In addition, groups must pay for the materials required to complete their work project(s). Groups are also responsible to buy and cook their own food (although for an additional fee groups may choose to have meals cooked for them), and must bring their own toiletries (including toilet paper). There are supermarkets in the area, so many of these things may be purchased upon arrival in McDowell County.
Rules and Responsibilities
Groups are responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of the facilities throughout their stay at BCPIA. This includes sweeping and mopping floors, doing the dishes, cleaning the bathrooms daily, etc. In addition, groups are financially responsible for any damage incurred during their stay. BCPIA is a drug and alcohol free facility.
If you would like to stay at Big Creek People in Action and you are a church, community, or college group, please contact Marsha Timpson at:
Big Creek People in Action, Inc.
Attn: Marsha Timpson
HC 32 Box 541
War, WV 24892