Even now, after the excitement of the Mountain State Forest Festival, and
after the leaves have started to fall from their branches, AFHA has been
staying busy! We're excited to tell you what's new within our organization
and what's going on throughout the entire region. We've re-vamped our
Facebook page (don't forget to
) and we'll be staying in touch with this monthly e-newsletter.
Let us know what you think!
AFHA AmeriCorps Kicks Off Another Year
Photo credit: Nick Kazmierski
Friday, October 19th 2012 marked the official start to a new year of the
AFHA AmeriCorps program. New and returning members travelled to Charleston
for an official swearing-in ceremony. This year there are 27 members
stationed throughout six counties within the Appalachian Forest Heritage
Area. The hands-on team, consisting of seven members, will travel as needed
to serve on projects throughout the entire region.
Need Help 'Getting Things Done'?
The AFHA AmeriCorps program was launched in October of 2007, and originally
consisted of 10 members. Since its start five years ago, the program has
added to its numbers annually. If you have a historic preservation,
conservation, or heritage development project within our region, contact
AFHA about sponsoring an AmeriCorps member on your site. For more info
visit our website
The Joys of Serving
By AFHA AmeriCorps member Molly Swailes
Photo credit: Grant Turner
"I've only been serving as an AmeriCorps member at AFHA for a little more
than a month, but already I feel like our time has been put to tremendous
use. Not only have we logged hours for our sponsoring sites, but we have
also been encouraged to assist on a multitude of service projects
throughout the area. On 9/11, we were able to get outdoors and weed a
native pollinator garden at Stuart Recreation Area. In honor of the
Governor's Day to Serve, many participated in a tree planting on Cheat
Mountain. As a part of the West Virginia AmeriCorps swearing-in in
Charleston, we were able to help fill care packages for troops overseas.
It's really amazing (and empowering), the things that volunteers can
accomplish when working together. And it feels good, too."