BY EMMA PEPPER, DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC NETWORK COMMUNICATIONS, THE HUB
Find 4 ideas below about ways to take your energy and shift it into spaces of action today. We want to hear from you, too. There are many more ideas and opportunities out there to help West Virginia residents build resilience and prosperity for their communities. What did we miss?
Share a comment below to add your idea!
If you’re reading this message on Tuesday, June 9, before 7:30pm (the time polls close), please head over to your polling place and vote! Find your polling place and more information at govotewv.com.
Seek out new perspectives.
Our Future West Virginia’s platforms — including their website, Facebook and Instagram — are information clearinghouses for how West Virginians can get connected with groups and take steps toward advancing racial equity and justice.
Share your voice.
Many service-minded groups are sharing surveys right now to hear the perspectives of West Virginians.
- The Hub is asking for responses to a 3 question survey to share your ideas about how West Virginia communities can continue to build pathways to well-being and prosperity while navigating today’s challenges (We will share the results with you in July!). Take the survey »
- The WV Nonprofit Association issued a survey asking nonprofits in the state how this time is impacting their work. Take the survey »
- The WV Association of Regional Councils, WV Chamber of Commerce, WV Development Office, and New River Gorge Development Authority are asking businesses to answer a survey about how they have been impacted in this time. Take the survey »
- The Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh is offering a survey to help identify assets, challenges and priorities related to affordable housing in the communities that their partners operate and serve (including in West Virginia). Take the survey »
- The Federal Reserve System launched a survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 on businesses and people working on the ground. Take the survey »
Give time, talent, and capital.
The team over at Volunteer WV is assembling a regular email with stories of hope and opportunities to volunteer in communities (sign up here), and they also keep up with a database of volunteer opportunities on their website. If you’re looking to make a deeper commitment, Volunteer WV has information about AmeriCorps programs on their website, the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia has opportunities for Preserve WV AmeriCorps, and The Hub lists AmeriCorps VISTA opportunities through our organization.
If you’re not able to give your time, but you’re able to give funds, spend thoughtfully – support your local economy, give to nonprofits and service groups that are making your communities brighter and more equitable places to live, and buy from business owners who you feel proud to stand behind. Check out this growing list of black-owned businesses in West Virginia that is being shared by Our Future West Virginia, and created in collaboration with many people across the state.
For commenters: Please note The Hub team moderates all comments on our blog, your comment will not appear immediately. We will be keeping an eye out for comments so we can build this resource together. The Hub has no official endorsements for political candidates and will not approve posts calling to vote for a candidate.