AFHA E-Newsletter

AFHA AmeriCorps is Recruiting!

Make a Difference

AFHA is recruiting for AFHA AmeriCorps members to serve with sites for one year starting in September. Service options include conservation field work, conservation interpretation and outreach, community development, cultural tourism, and heritage museum sites, as well as hands-on historic preservation team.

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AFHA helps this region in thousands of ways. Here is just one of our many ongoing projects, headed by AmeriCorps member JoLynn Powers.

Murals by AmeriCorps Volunteers

brighten the Golden Rule Building

JoLynn Powers
Working together with the community volunteers, the Appalachian Forest Heritage Area AmeriCorps members took on the task of painting 10 window murals for display in window holes of the Golden Rule Building in Belington, WV. The project was to paint brightly colored images and positive sayings on the boards that would be placed in the window frames on Main Street in Belington. The panels brighten up the old store front and are an indicator to the community that the redevelopment of the building has begun.
View of the Golden Rule with window murals in Belington, WV
It can take years for a large building to be rehabilitated and the community is often unaware of the work that is happening. This was a fun opportunity for AmeriCorps to share some of their creativity but also help the people of Belington see a positive change happening in their community.

AmeriCorps member Patrick Facemire
painting one of the ten window murals
The goal for the 116 year old building is to bring more affordable living space to the small town and become a vital part of the community life of Belington once again. The hope is that the Golden Rule project will be complete in 3-4 years, with a retail artist market and Durbin Green Brier Railroad ticket counter area on the first floor and 10 apartments on the 2nd and 3rd floor. 

Help Restore the Golden Rule!
Woodlands Development Good is making an effort to restore one of its historically fantastic buildings, the Golden Rule, and they need your help! WDG is looking for volunteers July 14th and 21st to help with the beautification of the building. 

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Jammin' In July 
Continuing their First Friday events, Elkins Main Street is hosting "Jammin' In July," an event that invites local music artists to bring their instruments and jam in five different locations downtown. If you're not a musician, bring a chair and enjoy the sounds!

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Canaan Refuge Kids Bike Ride
Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge is hosting a kids bike ride on June 30th. AmeriCorps member Kristin Lantz will lead a tour a section of the refuge and also include some beaver education. 

More Information Here

Bug Out! with Trout Unlimited
Trout Unlimited is looking for help in keeping our forest rivers and streams healthy and happy. On June 16th and July 21 they will be leading workshops on how to measure and monitor stream health for people of all ages. Lunch is included!

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