Appalachian Coal Country Team (Beckley, WV)


  • Name:Mr. Andrew Barnes
  • Title:Program Coordinator

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Appalachian Coal Country Team
  • Address:2795 Robert C Byrd Drive
    Beckley, WV 25801
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:304-252-4848

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  • Mission:
  • The mission of the Appalachian Coal Country Team (ACCT) is to assist rural communities impoverished by environmental degradation and its consequences to make their home-place-watersheds healthier places to live and work. Formed in 2002, the ACCT is an innovative partnership among the Office of Surface Mining (OSM), AmeriCorps VISTA, and community-led nonprofit groups, making the ACCT one of very few non-profits bringing greater connection and collaboration between federal agencies and small rural communities. The ACCT trains and coordinates OSM/VISTA Volunteers, Summer Interns, and their supervisors to promote economic development and environmental change at the grassroots level in the Appalachian coalfields. OSM/VISTAs are college-educated volunteers who serve full-time as "capacity builders," combining the science needed to clean up local environments with the community revitalization needed to leverage sustainable environmental and economic progress in the future.

    The ACCT currently sponsors 39 OSM/VISTA Volunteers throughout seven states in the Appalachian Region including locations in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky.

    In the states served by the Coal Country Team, more than 3,000,000 people live within one mile of Abandoned Mine Lands (AML). These are lands and waters adversely impacted by inadequately reclaimed surface coal mining operations that were not subject to the reclamation requirements of the Surface Mining Law. Soils on abandoned mine lands are often laced with toxins or so devoid of nutrients that nothing but a few tufts of grass can survive. Here you will find surface and ground water pollution, unreclaimed or inadequately reclaimed refuse piles, sediment-clogged streams and more. These areas require environmental and community reclamation as a cornerstone in their ascent from poverty.

    Nearly 400 volunteer community improvement groups have formed in Coal Country to combat this environmental devastation and poverty. The Coal Country Team knows that clean rivers and streams are needed to build healthy and strong communities and works to supply these sites with the skills they seek to build their local capacity and promote environmental stewardship.

    All Coal Country Team Volunteers and support staff serve under a broad set of five core goals that allow sovereignty for the community, with support and collaboration from the Coal Country Team. Our goals are to:
    1. Build local capacity
    2. Engage economic redevelopment
    3. Promote environmental stewardship
    4. Enhance outreach and education
    5. Promote professional development

  • History:
  • The Appalachian Coal Country Team was founded in 2002 by Dr. T Allan Comp to help rural mining communities suffering from degraded environments and stifled economies.

    Dr. Comp brings a multidisciplinary approach to the problems wrought by pre-regulatory coal mining in Appalachia and in the Rocky Mountain West. In 1994, Dr. Comp founded a non-profit called AMD&ART. Acid mine drainage (AMD) – the metals-laden water, that coats stream beds with orange sediment, too acidic for the water to sustain life – is a painful reminder of the poverty and economic abandonment that still exists in coal country. Comp’s organization, AMD&ART, brought together artists, scientists, historians and community members to transform land degraded by coal mining and AMD into a 35-acre arts-centered public park that included AMD treatment and new wetlands – artfully transforming an environmental liability into a community asset. Upon project completion, Comp joined the U.S. Department of the Interior Office of Surface Mining (OSM) to turn his attention to transforming more of Appalachian coal country.

    Dr. Comp recognized the need for full-time, capable staff support in coal country watershed groups. OSM funds for acid mine drainage remediation often went unspent because communities lacked the capacity to apply for those funds, so Dr. Comp built a partnership between OSM, a federal organization concerned with reclamation and the environment; AmeriCorps VISTA, a national service organization designed to fight poverty; and Appalachian community organizations in seven states throughout Appalachia.

    Working with the West Virginia VISTA Director Judith Russell, the two assembled a trial effort that put 8 new and needed positions in watershed groups in two states. Those 8 positions expanded over the years into the Appalachian Coal Country Team (ACCT). In 2007, the ACCT’s acclaimed model for partnerships was brought to rural mining communities of the West and formed the Western Hardrock Watershed Team (WHWT). By supporting the kind of grassroots data collection and capacity-building needed to access available reclamation resources, Dr. Comp and the ACCT are bridging the gap between environmental and economic recovery.

    Our strategy of connecting grassroots efforts has leveraged significant resources. In 9 years, more than 220 OSM/VISTAs have served on the Teams, putting in over 260 years of full-time service and raising $6 million in grants and more than $8 million in in-kind. Last year, the ACCT raised $500,800 in grants and $1,450,000 in in-kind services, and brought 336,000 volunteer hours to watershed groups.

    More importantly, local volunteers that comprise the ACCT-affiliated watershed groups have high opinions of the impacts being made. In a recent survey, 93% of ACCT volunteers agree that their watershed group helps to improve the local environment. 71% of ACCT volunteers agree that their group is producing on-the-ground results.

    The cumulative positive impact of our program has been communities with the means to advocate for their environmental health and economic future. Ultimately, these communities have the tools to make the changes they wish to see – remediating the environment and building civic engagement in a community that lead to major social and economic improvements over time.

    OSM/VISTA supervisor and president of the Rural Appalachian Improvement League, Dewey Houck said, "Allan Comp and the ACCT are making a difference in scores of coal towns and watersheds. Each of the ACCT projects is creating new hope in rural Appalachian communities, bringing new organizational capacity and funding, new volunteer teams for water monitoring, and critical education and outreach-- Fostering civic engagement in places that lack the volunteer capacity, but not the will to make a difference. Regionally, the ACCT is a model, breaking new ground for innovative partnerships."

  • Year established:2002
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:
  • Advisory board size:
  • Staff size:6

Board and Executive Names

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Dr. T Allan Comp, OSM/VISTA Teams Coordinator

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • April Trent, ACCT Deputy Director
    Andrew Barnes, ACCT Program Coordinator
    Monica Freeland, Kettering- OSM/VISTA Public Administration Fellow
    Erica Calderis, Summer Programs Coordinator
    Rachel Folk, OSM/AmeriCorps Regulatory Trainee Program Coordinator
    Shannon Philbin, OSM/VISTA Leader 1
    Scott Fanello, OSM/VISTA Leader 2
    Nate Johnson, OSM/VISTA Site Support Coordinator
    Jenna Fehr, OSM/VISTA Volunteerism Coordinator
    Caitlin Coleman, OSM/VISTA Outreach Coordinator
    Kelli Whitfield, Development Coordinator


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:Operating
  • Tax ID:55-0725472

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:550725472
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:198 GEORGE ST
  • Organization City:BECKLEY
  • Organization State:WV
  • Organization Zip:25801-2608
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:February, 1994
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):994, 379
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code, Other conservation, environmental or beautification activities
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:
  • Asset Amount:$1,928,790
  • Asset Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$4,770,121
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$4,725,047
  • Last Updated:2/22/2018 2:44:47 am

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