the change you wish to see!!!
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
QUARTERLY ACTIVITY REPORT
April – June 2015
Parenting Skills Training and Support
Support: Extra Cool After
School with 33 children registered with
18-20 attending on a daily basis.
Provided transportation for After School students during this reporting
4/15/15 Stop the Hurt Kids
Day at Center
4/24/15 Mom’s & Babe’s Fair
4/11/15 Child Abuse Training with After School staff.
Play Pals met 6 times during this reporting period with 15 in May and 35
in June attendees.
Veteran Food Boxes were distributed to local veterans.
Helped with 7 resumes.
Housing Rehabilitation was conducted by Universalist 1st
Parish Church – Massachusetts from April 19-24.
Housing Rehabilitation was conducted by Centre College – Kentucky from
May 25 – 30.
Housing Rehabilitation was conducted by Sidwell Friends from June 14 –
Housing Rehabilitation was conducted by Upshur Helping Hands from
Buchannon County from 6/21 – 6/27th.
Housing Rehabilitation was conducted by UUCC of Columbia, Maryland from
6/28 – 7/2nd.
Total number of projects through housing rehabilitation program:
April – 13; May – 11; June – 38.
Faculty members from Ferrum College came to learn about Appalachia on
AmeriCorps member tutoring at McDowell County Vocational & Technical
WV Works Workers hosted with 9 participating during this reporting
One staff member through Experience Works during this reporting period.
One volunteer worker through Youth Connections.
Southern Highlands clients were hosted at BCPIA on 6/16/15.
Stop the Hurt Kids Day at BCPIA on 4/15/15.
Spring Carnival on 4/11/15.
5/11/15: Distributed 66
packs of diapers to McDowell County organizations.
5/14/15: Participated in
Spring Fling at War/Cove Head Start.
Mountain Music Festival held on June 6th.
6/26/15 Council of the Southern Mtns. Meat Giveaway held at our Center.
Mom’s & Babe’s Fair held on 4/24/15.
Provided a tutor at McDowell County Career & Technical Center with
participants: April – 56;
May -53; June – 35.
Computer Lab was utilized with participants:
April – 45; May – 46; June -45.
Job Career Readiness with Youth Empowerment Program.
Emergency Food Boxes distributed:
April – 1; May – 2; June – 1.
Community Referral Services
BCPIA has continued to provide referrals to community residents with a
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
referrals: April – 6; May –
5; June – 3.
Linkages to Health Programs and Information
Linkages to Respite Care and Transportation
BCPIA continues to “spread the word” about our after school program and
everything it offers, from
providing respite for the parents in the evening, tutoring for the
children, a hot, nutritious dinner, a healthy exercise regime and
learning new computer skills and reading enrichment activities and
transportation (if needed).
BCPIA continues to inform the community about our new computer lab and
all it has to offer.
BCPIA continues to transport our After School students.
Coordination of Optional/Flexible Services
Veteran food boxes were distributed to 42 local veterans each month.
Some of the veterans pick their boxes up and many of them are
delivered to them.
Our VetCorps member helped 7 people in the community with their resumes.
volunteer college groups and Church groups stay at our center and work
on community residents homes that need housing repair:
handicap ramps, flooring, sheetrock, etc.
During this reporting period, we worked on 62 home repair
A group of Ferrum College faculty members spent one night at BCPIA to
learn about Appalachia as part of a project they were doing.
There were discussions held throughout the dinner and evening.
I really do not think this was a long enough time frame for them
to be with us to really learn anything.
- We host Southern Highlands clients here on a regular basis.
- We usually prepare lunch for them and often do some fun activities
usually prepare lunch for them and often do some fun activities with
them. We had them at our center right before the Sprinf Carnival and let
them go in the gym and play the games.
We held our annual Spring Carnival during this reporting period.
This is an event that we offer free admittance to the community.
We have carnival games, prizes and food for the participants.
We had workers from WV Works, Experience Works and Youth Connections
during this reporting period.
They helped our organization through keeping the building clean,
cleaning for the volunteer work groups and assisting at our various
Our LifeBridge AmeriCorps members volunteered at the War/Cove Head
Start. They gave out
prizes, books and read to the children.
Our annual Mtn. Music Festival is a one day event that we offer free to
the community. We have a
day of celebrating music and each other.
The Council of Southern Mtns. conducted a free meat give away and were
allowed to use our gymnasium as the distribution center.
We held our annual Moms & Babes Fair.
Sixty-six mothers or caregivers of children under 3 attended the
Fair, 25 of whom were pregnant.
Through these families, we served 84 children with diapers,
wipes, car seats, smoke detectors, thermometers, blankets, new and used
baby clothes, and lots of other baby items.
Mothers attended two workshops during the day, one on not smoking
during pregnancy or smoking around children and the other on “Our Baby,
Safe and Sound”. Mothers
were able to interact with over 20 area service providers about the
programs they offer. The
majority of the mothers we served at this event were low income, some
uneducated, some without transportation, and many of them without the
support they need during their pregnancy, birth, and the early years of
their child. Providing
parents with education, essential baby items, and personal support will
lead to having healthier babies who have a chance to thrive.
Although this is a one day event, we often have contact with
these mothers through prenatal workshops, nutrition classes, giveaways,
and other events we have at the Center.
They know they can call us if they have a need and we will work
to help them because our goal is to improve the overall well-being of
our children and families.
AmeriCorps Site Visit
4/11/15 Child Abuse
Training for After School Staff
Training by Future Generations
5/14/15 Meeting with
USDA Rural Development
5/18/15 Big Creek People In
Action Board of Directors meeting
5/22/15 Annual Audit
5/26/15 Family Survey
Bernard McDonough Reception
AmeriCorps training in Charleston
Highlands hosted at BCPIA
AmeriCorps training at WV State
6/26/15 WV Council of
Churches Site Visit
We have provided two AmeriCorps members to serve as tutors in our After
We have continued to provide a tutor for the program at the McDowell
County Vocational & Technical Career Center at Welch.
The program has been such a huge success we were approached by
the principal and were asked to partner on a Memorandum of Agreement
with them to provide a person to work in this program.
We also provide an AmeriCorps member to assist this person.
Computer Lab/Job Training:
During this reporting period both children and adults have continued to
use our computer lab, with a total of 136 people utilizing the facility.
They have used the lab for job training, research, science
project research, resume building, resource research for veterans, and
various other things. Our
VetCorps member assisted community residents with 7 resumes.
BCPIA hosted 9 WV Works 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
BCPIA had one volunteer from Youth Connections.
During this reporting period, Unitarian Universalist
1st Parish Church from Massachusetts, Centre College, Sidwell Friends,
Upshur Helping Hands, and Unitarian Universalist of Columbia, Maryland
all came to the Center to volunteer for Housing Rehabilitation with 62
projects worked on.
Ferrum College also came during this time, but it
was a cultural learning experience.
During this reporting period we involved all of the
volunteers from Unitarian Universalist 1st Parish Church,
Centre College, Sidwell Friends, Upshur Helping Hands, and Unitarian
Universalist of Columbia and Ferrum College.
They were told stories about our community, met many of the
people in our community, learned about our coal mining heritage, and
enjoyed some good old Bluegrass performers.
A free clothing giveaway was held at the Center.
Baby diapers were distributed.
Veterans Food Boxes were distributed.
Council of Southern Mtns. held a meat giveaway.
At the Moms & Babes Fair, we had 66 participants and served 84 children
with diapers, wipes, car seats, smoke detectors, thermometers, blankets,
new and used baby clothing.
Door prizes consisted of high chairs, bouncy seats, car seats, learning
toys, potty seats, playpens, and strollers.
Our Spring Carnival was held.
Our Mtn. Music Festival was held.
Spring Fling at War/Cove Head Start.
Stop the Hurt Kids Day.
“Whenever I hear the word war, as related to Iraq and Afghanistan, I
now think of a small, heartwarming town in West Virginia.
“Going to War’ is now my idea of going to a home away from
home, not a battlefield.”
Quote from Elizabeth Zeese, Ball State University student who visited
the Center this year.
Big Creek People in Action, Inc.
HC 32 Box 541
War, WV 24892
Ph. (304) 875-3418
Fax: (304) 875-3518