The West Virginia Community Development Hub supports West Virginians with the tools and training they need to lead and spark positive change in their hometowns and across our state.
In 2009, The Hub was founded by a small group of passionate, committed community development leaders who saw an opportunity to establish a new, innovative approach to catalyze community growth and transformational change in rural areas of West Virginia. Their goal was to create an organization that would serve as a technical assistance provider, a coach for communities, and a team to connect the network of resources available across the state to serve West Virginia communities.
The Hub’s purpose is to:
Community Development is the act of making a place the best version of itself. At The Hub, we know that every community has the potential to shine as a strong and vibrant place where locals can live their best lives and visitors are excited to explore. We work to bring forward local leaders to highlight the assets, history, engagement, and connection among residents that make a community so special.
At The Hub, we work with teams of West Virginians to define the future they want to see and build the skills and connections to get there. We believe that when West Virginians leverage the opportunities and tools they need to make positive change, they create a transformational impact in their communities.
We believe that every West Virginia community has assets available today that enable them to build:
We are grounded in four approaches:
Bringing forward new and unexpected leaders is the foundation of innovation. Welcoming different perspectives is necessary to actualize the systemic changes needed to bring about lasting, positive outcomes in our state.
Transformational change happens when residents are continually at the forefront of both defining the challenges as they see them and enacting the solutions to address them.
Everything we do is in partnership; we never go it alone. We continually invite new leaders to the table and we build new partnerships to offer value to communities.
Welcoming diverse community members and local volunteers will create a transformational impact for our state.
We ground our work in the Theory of Accompaniment, a practice that calls us to carry out our services in concert with the people we serve – walking beside, not ahead – and to engage in our commitments for the long-term.