Big Creek People In Action, Inc. was founded in 1990 by citizens of McDowell County, West Virginia. Since that time, this nonprofit organization has been serving the community of McDowell County in the realms of education and literacy, leadership development, volunteer service, service learning, arts and culture, housing, recreation, and collaborative partnerships. BCPIA's vision of McDowell County is one of empowered and self-sufficient people living in communities that are economically vibrant, democratic, and socially just. To learn more about the history of Big Creek People in Action, please Click Here!
ACTIVITIES FOR QUARTER ENDED MARCH 2015
Parenting Skills Training and Support
· Support: Extra Cool After School with 39 children registered with 18-20 attending on a daily basis.
· 3/10 Prenatal workshop held
· 3/12 Prenatal workshop held
· 3/13 Prenatal workshop held
· 3/18 Prenatal workshop held
· Veteran Food Boxes were distributed to local veterans once a month.
· Housing Rehabilitation was conducted by University of Richmond students from March 7th through the 11th.
· Housing Rehabilitation was conducted by Notre Dame University from March 12th through March 14th.
· Housing Rehabilitation was conducted by Rider University from March 14th through March 19th.
· Housing Rehabilitation was conducted by Georgia State University from March 12th through March 17th.
· Housing Rehabilitation was conducted by Centre College from March 21st through March 27th.
· AmeriCorps member tutoring at McDowell County Vocational & Technical Career School.
· Welfare to Work Workers hosted with 2 participating during this reporting period.
· One staff member through Experience Works during this reporting period.
· Diversity Day Dinner was held with over 120 people attending.
· Southern Highlands clients were hosted at BCPIA on 1/27.
· 2/4 Staff attended CPR/First Aid training
· 2/5 BCPIA held a free giveaway offering used clothing, new coats, shoes and household paint.
· Southern Highlands clients were hosted at BCPIA on 3/04.
· 3/19 PBS Easy Bites Program workshop with After School students.
· Southern Highlands clients were hosted at BCPIA on 3/24.
· 3/25 After School students had a field trip to a Circus.
· 3/09 Barter Theater workshop held with our After School students.
· 3/12 Barter Theater production of The Velveteen Rabbit held at BCPIA.
· Read Aloud conducted at Belk Department store on March 28 at the Kid’s Fashion Show.
Community Referral Services
· BCPIA has continued to provide referrals to community residents with a variety of needs such as: needing used appliances, assistance with electric bills, housing rehabilitation services, housing insulation and heating problems, transportation, baby diapers, wheelchairs, and seeking help for smoking addiction and health issues.
Linkages to Health Programs and Information
· 1/16 Health Care sign-ups at Workforce building in Welch.
· 1/23 Health Care sign-ups at Panther.
· 1/30 Diabetes Class Session I
· 2/02 Diabetes Class Session II
· 2/04 Staff CPR/First Aid training
· 2/06 Diabetes Class Session 4 and 5.
· 2/11 Diabetes Class Session 6.
· 2/13 Health Care sign-up at Workforce in Welch.
· 3/10 First Prenatal workshop
· 3/12 Second Prenatal workshop
· 3/13 Third Prenatal workshop
· 3/18 Fourth Prenatal workshop
· PBS Easy Bites workshop held for After School students
· During this reporting period four Prenatal workshops were held.
· During this reporting period six Diabetes workshops were held.
· During this reporting period three Health Care sign-ups were held.
· During this reporting period, we had 39 children enrolled in our after school program, with 18-20 participating on a regular basis.
· The Center has transported some of the After School children to their practices for cheerleading or sports events. We do this so that we will not completely lose our opportunity to reach out to those children during “sports season.” This way we have them for a little over an hour each day before they leave for practice. Then we know that, at least, they had a hot meal before practice. We feed them and help with as much of their homework as possible before they go. We figure they will be receiving the “exercise” component of our program at practice.
· We have provided an AmeriCorps member to serve as a tutor in our After School program.
· We have continued to provide two tutors for the program at the McDowell County Vocational & Technical Career Center at Welch.
Computer Lab/Job Training:
· During this reporting period both children and adults have continued to use our computer lab. They have used the lab for job training, research, science project research, resume building, resource research for veterans, and various other things.
· BCPIA hosted 6 DHHR volunteers during this reporting period. These volunteers did everything from answering phones to cleaning to volunteering in our After School program.
· BCPIA has a staff person from the Experience Works program.
· During this reporting period, University of Richmond, Notre Dame University, Georgia State, Rider University and Centre College each spent a week at our Center working on housing rehabilitation projects and participating in service learning opportunities.
· We have conducted 4 Prenatal workshops and 6 Diabetes workshops during this reporting period.
Service Learning/Volunteer Groups:
· During this reporting period we involved all of the students from University of Richmond, Notre Dame University, Georgia State, Rider University and Centre College in service learning opportunities. Opportunities such as learning about our coal heritage, our community and our music and stories.
· Health Care Sign Ups were held.
· Diabetes classes were held.
· Diversity Day Dinner was held.
· Free giveaway was conducted.
· Southern Highlands clients were hosted at our center.
· After School students were treated to a field trip to a circus.
· PBS held an Easy Bites workshop with the After School students.
Big Creek People in Action, Inc.
HC 32 Box 541
War, WV 24892
Ph. (304) 875-3418
Fax: (304) 875-3518