Appalachia

Flag of West VirginiaLocation | Williamson, West Virginia
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!

Program Overview

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

Sustainable Williamson

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.

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Resources

Stay Engaged! 

Service-Learning in Appalachia with First Parish Youth: Part 2

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This summer, 60 members of the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church traveled from Arlington, Massachusetes to one of Amizade’s newest sites in Williamson, West Virginia. Throughout their week in Appalachia, the group is serving and learning together with Amizade’s community partner, Sustainable Williamson, as well as other local community members and groups. Check out some of the highlights of their trip so far!

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Service-Learning in Appalachia with First Parish Youth

Amizade volunteers with Doug Dudley on his farm in Williamson, WV

This summer, 60 members of the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church traveled from Arlington, Massachusetes to one of Amizade’s newest sites in Williamson, West Virginia. Throughout their week in Appalachia, the group is serving and learning together with Amizade’s community partner, Sustainable Williamson, as well as other local community members and groups. Check out some of the highlights of their trip so far!

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Amizade in Appalachia!

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Amizade is thrilled to announce that we are expanding our program offerings; this time into our own region of Appalachia!

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Healthy and Safety

As you or your loved one prepares to serve with Amizade in Appalachia, you can rest comfortably with the knowledge that Amizade has an exceptionally strong safety record and ability to respond to any emerging challenges. We have safely partnered in Appalachia since 2012.