Invest in West Virginia’s Heritage Danielle LaPresta Parker June 18, 2017 You can help 3 historic nonprofit organizations raise funding needed to host one-year Preserve WV AmeriCorps members. Through this program, Preserve WV AmeriCorps members manage volunteers for their sites and complete historic preservation projects. Their service is irreplaceable, and we are working with these sites to ensure they can continue these important services. We’re asking you to help these sites by contributing donations and spreading the word about this campaign. You can focus on 1 site or all 3 – it’s up to you. Donations will be used as matching funds necessary to provide AmeriCorps members with a modest living allowance during their service year. All donations are processed through the Network for Good webpage and are tax-deductible. What are the sites? Each site is very different and located in a different part of our Mountain State. We want to share with you about the powerful service their members will perform during their year. Scroll down to learn about each site (listed alphabetically). The Clio Project Each day, Clio connects thousands of people to nearby culture and history through our website and GPS-enabled mobile application. Our website and mobile application are free for everyone and we strive to review and improve the hundreds of entries that are submitted by users each month. As a non-profit, the Clio Foundation relies on your tax-deductible donations. We need your help this month to meet a matching challenge that will allow us to support two full-time AmeriCorps members and create four part-time positions for editors. Donate or share the crowdfunding page: https://serviceyr.networkforgood.com/projects/30349-the-clio-project-preserve-wv-americorps-members Harrison County WV Historical Society The Harrison County WV Historical Society is a volunteer-based nonprofit that engages with our community by preserving, educating, and demonstrating the history of Harrison County and North-Central West Virginia. For 50 years, our official headquarters has been the 210 year-old Stealey-Goff-Vance House in Clarksburg, but more recently, we have set up a climate-controlled archive in the Chase Towers thanks to the generosity of Olymbec USA. Our growth as an organization over the past three years is a direct result of the serviceof our Preserve WV AmeriCorps members. These AmeriCorps members are a vital component to our ability to manage our archival collection, provide quality local history programming, preserve the Vance House, and further grow our outreach. The HCWVHS is funded by donation only, and we often have to make tough choices on where we spend our funding. By helping us meet our goal, we won’t have to choose between keeping the lights on and giving up the progress we’ve made because of our AmeriCorps members. So now, we are calling upon our community members to support us in our continued participation in the Preserve WV AmeriCorps program. Over the next 30 days, we want to raise $6,000 for the matches for our two Preserve WV AmeriCorps members (one full-tome and one part-time) for the 2017-2018 service year. We thank you for your support and showing us you care about Harrison County history. Donate or share the crowdfunding page: https://serviceyr.networkforgood.com/projects/30347-harrison-county-wv-historical-society-preserve-wv-americorps National Coal Heritage Area As one of the 49 national heritage areas throughout the country, the mission of the National Coal Heritage Area is to preserve, protect, and interpret lands, structures, and communities associated with the coal mining heritage of southern West Virginia. We work in 13 counties in southern West Virginia to assist small communities with preserving their history and telling their story as part of a regional heritage tourism initiative. The National Coal Heritage Area’s mission is accomplished in several ways including direct preservation of structures and artifacts, supporting community efforts to preserve their history through the distribution of community grants and through providing technical and capacity building assistance to communities to enable them to become better stewards of their resources. Please help us help our region by donating to allow us to meet the match for our AmeriCorps members who provide valuable assistance to us and our community partners. We couldn’t do it without them and we can’t do it without you. Donate or share the crowdfunding page at https://serviceyr.networkforgood.com/projects/30348-national-coal-heritage-area-preserve-wv-americorps-member Where do I donate? The Clio Project – VISIT the CAMPAIGN WEBPAGE TO DONATE The Harrison County Historical Society – VISIT the CAMPAIGN WEBPAGE TO DONATE National Coal Heritage Area – VISIT the CAMPAIGN WEBPAGE TO DONATE PAWV appreciates your support of these programs. As the statewide nonprofit dedicated to historic preservation, we are working hard to build the capacity of sites across our Mountain State through our Preserve WV AmeriCorps program. We hope you will consider supporting our AmeriCorps site participants. Each site is unique and contributes so much to preserving cultural resources in our state and attracting heritage tourists. We need your support to continue their work. Please donate or share the campaign pages far and wide. Thank you!