Location | Williamson, West Virginia
Photos | Found here
Blog | Read more about Amizade in Appalachia
Support | Community Initiatives in Appalachia
Service Opportunities | Community gardening and urban farming; trail maintenance; health education; and working with children
Cultural and Recreational Highlights | visits to local farmers markets; tours of the Hatfields & McCoys trail systems; hiking and visits to Logan State Park; cooking nights; local music; and much more!
Amizade volunteers travel to the rural community of Williamson, West Virginia. While this area of the country is best known for the Appalachian Trail, outdoor sports, and inspiring natural beauty, Williamson is known locally as a “typical southern coalfield town” and not a tourist hot spot. Located in the heart of Appalachia on the border of West Virginia and Kentucky, Williamson has a population of around 3,500. Coal has been the central pillar of the local economy, with approximately 40% of jobs in the region directly linked to the industry. Williamson is a safe community that allows volunteers to see and experience an authentic Appalachian culture.
Lodging | Local churches- dormatory style
Food | Homecooked meals made from local produce
Flights | Fly into Charleston, WV
Communication | Cell networks, internet, etc.
Our Community Partners
The mission of Sustainable Williamson is to create a replicable sustainable community model for low-wealth communities throughout Central Appalachia.
Their goal—to build replicable strategies in networks like community health, food systems, sustainable energy generation, and local sustainable tourism—is being achieved through different service projects. Working alongside local stakeholders, volunteers are not just helping to achieve long and short term goals, they are learning from and experiencing a culture and community from within.