Choosing treatment over incarceration for people with mental illness
Mental health crises in WV: You get 4-5 days inside, go back on the street, get picked up by police, & start all over…until you’re homeless or in prison.
Small Businesses Build Community
“You can’t have a strong business without building the community.” This statement by Rob Vanater, owner of Drip Coffee in Putnam County, summed up the difference between small, local businesses and out-of-state corporations.
Choosing the side of West Virginians
Every month, volunteers in Marion County get together. They are social workers, students, teachers, veterans, people with disabilities, retirees, restaurant workers, law enforcement, doctors, and entrepreneurs. They strategize and plan local voter outreach, volunteer projects, and candidate recruitment
Choosing the side of foster kids
“Pancakes make me sick to my stomach. In one house, that’s all they gave us—breakfast, lunch and dinner. For a year. I’ll never eat pancakes again.” Isaiah has lived in too many foster placements to remember. “I can’t even say the number. Foster parents don’t…
Choosing the side of striking teachers and school service personnel
Two years ago, a few West Virginians got together because they wanted to support their striking teachers, subs, cooks, and bus drivers. They never thought they’d raise $332,970 for a strike fund. Two of those volunteers were Cathy Kunkel and Stephen Smith. Inspired by the…