Active Southern West Virginia believes healthy lifestyles contribute to a better economy and community. Every day, we train Community Captains to run exercise programs because we believe capacity building is vital to our mission and sustainability lies with giving the community the power to create their own active lifestyle.
Active SWV is currently in search of motivated leaders in all the communities that encompass Fayette, Raleigh, Nicholas, and Summers that are willing to lead their friends, family, and neighbors in weekly or biweekly exercise or recreation programs so if you have a niche, let us hear it!
These leaders will be the champions of their communities, paving the way for active lifestyles, serving as mentors, support systems, and motivators. With their help we will be able to facilitate and support a happier, healthier Southern West Virginia.
So what’s in it for you? Studies show that those who volunteer have:
- lower mortality rates
- greater functional ability
- lower rates of depression
- develop leadership skills
- community service hours
- help you stay accountable of your own physical fitness
- it’s a social activity meant to be fun
You are investing your time into a brighter future for your community and your state. We accept anyone from high school students to seniors, so this will be a fun way to rack up community service hours. This position will also help you stay accountable for your own physical fitness and activity by providing structure and a social group to enjoy the activity.
Read about our Community Captain Appreciation Awards in 2015: Active SWV Celebrates Community Captains.
Active SWV Community Captains
New River Humane Society Dog Walkers led by Community Captain Wendy Scott
Wendy leads the New River Humane Society Dog Walkers every Sunday at 6:15pm at New River Humane Society.
Ansted Bootcamp Fitness Group led by Community Captain Kate Miller
Kate leads the Ansted Bootcamp Fitness Group every Monday at 3pm at Ansted Middle School.
Oak Hill Rail Trail Walking and Running Group led by Community Captains Matthew Bailey & Courtney Bailey
The Oak Hill Rail Trail Walking and Running Group meets every Tuesday at 5:30pm on the Oak Hill Rail Trail. Meet at the orange produce depot across from the Lewis Center.
Hico Community Captain Sue Slater
Sue leads the Trail to a New You Walking Group every at Saturday 12pm.
Bradley/Prosperity Community Captain Levi Moore
Levi and Rene lead the Bradley Prosperity Morning Mile every Saturday at 10am at Dry Hill Prosperity park.
Hinton Community Captain Kim Berry
The first step to becoming a Community Captain is to join one of our current groups to get a feel for how it is set up. There are a multitude of ways to keep track of our Community Captain events:
- Active SWV webpage calendar
- Facebook: Active Southern West Virginia Bulletin Board Group
- Facebook: Active Southern WV main page with events
We are still seeking Community Captains in:
Summers County- Jumping Branch, Pipestem, Forest Hill, Meadow Creek, Nimitz, Pence Springs, Sandstone, and Talcott.
Raleigh County- Coal City, Cool Ridge, Helen, Skelton, Slab Fork, Sophia, Shady Spring, Stanaford, Bolt, Princewick, Raleigh, Dorothy, Dry Creek, Arnett, Midway, Fairdale, Josephine, Ghent, Glen Daniel, Crab Orchard, Piney View, Odd, Harper, Mabscott, MacArthur, Rock Creek, Rhodell, Tams, Daniels, Naoma, Clear Creek, Lester, Eccles, Surveyor, and White Oak.
Fayette County- Alloy, Thurmond, Kimberly, Kincaid, Smithers, Scarbro, Spring Dale, Winona, Cannelton, Prince, Rainelle, Hilltop, Boomer, Charlton Heights, Minden, Gauley Bridge, Glen Ferris, Glen Jean, Lansing, Layland, Lochgelly, Lookout, Pax, Robson, Danese, Nallen, Meadow Bridge, Edmond, and Victor.
Nicholas County- Summersville, Richwood, Belva, Birch River, Calvin, Dixie, Drennen, Fenwick, Gilboa, Keslers Cross Lanes, Mount Lookout, Mount Nebo, Swiss, Canvas, and Tioga.
Keeping in mind that some of these communities are not walkable, bikeable, or hikeable we would seek inside space for programming that takes into account the resources of the community and always keeping safety in mind.
If you would like to take on this role or know of anyone who you think would be great for this role, please have them email our Volunteer Director at [email protected]