Appalachian Coal Country Team (Beckley , WV)

Name

  • Name:Mrs. April Trent
  • Title:Team Director

Organization Address

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

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:304-252-4848
  • Main fax:304-2524889

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General

  • Mission:
  • The Appalachian Coal Country Team assists rural communities impoverished by the socioeconomic consequences of mining-related environmental degradation in making their home-place watersheds healthier places to live and work.

  • Overview:
  • Based in West Virginia and Colorado, the award-winning Appalachian Coal Country and Western Hardrock Watershed Teams assist a nine-state network (CO, KY, MD, NM, OH, PA, TN, VA, WV) of grassroots groups in gaining leadership skills needed to resolve residual environmental and socioeconomic effects of pre-regulatory mining in their rural communities.

    To qualify for assistance, communities submit a plan for three years of service, which includes a specially trained community-selected AmeriCorps VISTA on-site, semi-annual capacity training sessions, and other benefits. Most eastern communities are designated economically "distressed" by the Appalachian Regional Commission. Living and working in the community 24/7, the Team’s goals are to
    1. Build local capacity supporting environmental stewardship
    2. Promote stewardship activities in rural communities
    3. Engage economic redevelopment around environmental stewardship
    4. Enhance outreach and education around environmental stewardship
    5. Promote professional development for OSM/VISTA members and their hosts.

    Programs include
    • Dissemination & training around a nationally unique new Toolkit for Working with Rural Volunteers (www.ruralvolunteer,org), an EPA-funded project field-tested by rural activists in more than 40 communities;
    • Annual Stewardship Training for VISTAs and host board members in capacity/environmental issues;
    • The Appalachian Reforestation Initiative, installing high-value hardwoods on reclaimed mine lands;
    • A proven step in moving people out of poverty, the Basic Engagement Plan promoting key partnerships across sectors and beyond the community;
    • Research such as a recent study revealing that Coal Country sustains trauma exceeding that of communities affected by multiple natural disasters in the Gulf;
    • Intensive projects partnering community leaders with AmeriCorps direct service volunteers (solo or in teams) for up to three months.

  • History:
  • Friends of the OSM/VISTA Teams supports the Appalachian Coal Country Team (ACCT) and its sister program, the Western Hardrock Watershed Team (WHWT, serving CO and NM). Founded in 2002 by Service to America medalist Dr. T. Allan Comp, the ACCT is a program of the Citizens Conservation Corps of West Virginia. Headquartered in Beckley, West Virginia, the ACCT grew out of an innovative partnership between the US Office of Surface Mining (OSM), AmeriCorps VISTA, and grassroots groups working for civic improvement in their rural mining communities over our seven-state region (KY, MD, OH, PA, TN, VA, WV). During our ten-year history, we have secured $8.5 million in grants for host communities and marshaled 520,000 hours of volunteer time from community members (equivalent to 250 years of volunteer service). In 2012, the Team was distinguished by the Secretary of the Department of the Interior with a Partners in Conservation Award for "exemplary conservation results through public-private cooperation and community engagement."

    Additional awards include
    • Environmental Achievement Award, U.S. Department of the Interior, 2004 & 2011
    • Governmental Partner of the Year, National Summit of Mining Communities, 2006
    • Partners in Conservation Award, U.S. Department of the Interior, 2009
    • Strategic Partnership of the Year 2009, The Corps Network

    Our 2012 Partners in Conservation award was the highest ranked nomination in a field of more than 60. In addition to being selected as a Fellow by the Appalachian Emerging Leadership Network, our Appalachian Team Director received a 2012 West Virginia State Journal 40 Under 40 Award, and Dr. Comp has been the only federal employee to receive the River Network’s River Hero award.


  • Year established:2002
  • Endowment:Unknown

Staff

  • Executive / Trustee board size:3
  • Advisory board size:40
  • Staff size:2

Registration

  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:26-1103436

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