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GRANTEE STORY

West Virginia Community Development Hub

Spreading volunteer-led revitalization

The West Virginia Community Development Hub is creating a statewide network of locally-led civic ecosystems where volunteers lead the revitalization of their communities. Working in over 60 communities in West Virginia, it has become a regional “hub of hubs” by supporting communities that are experimenting with civic programming,  sustaining civic engagement, and transforming local relationships.

The Hub’s coaching programs build leadership capacity in rural and historically underinvested communities, empowering volunteer leaders to define the future they want to see and build the skills and connections to get there. Over the last several years, the Hub has engaged with communities within the Monongahela National Forest region, where residents have united to attract tourism, remote workers, and revitalize local economies. Called the “Mon Forest Towns” initiative, this grassroots community effort has built out local assets for rock climbers, whitewater rafters, mountain bikers and brought in technical assistance funds for trail expansion, downtown building revitalization, and housing development in the region.

Learn more at www.wvhub.org.

Photos courtesy of West Virginia Community Development Hub