Southern West Virginia faces many economic and health challenges. Through our Community Captains program and with the partnerships and sponsors within the communities Active SWV serves, we can help people overcome common barriers that prevent them from leading active and healthy lives. Community Captains help break down barriers to physical activity by leading free activities for local residents who are passionate about helping their community and themselves lead healthy lives.
What is a Community Captain?
Community Captains dedicate their time and energy to lead free weekly or monthly physical activities in their communities, and have fun while doing it! Activities range from walks, hikes, tai chi, yoga, SUP, rock climbing, water aerobics, and more. The activity that a Community Captain leads depends on what resources are in the community and the skills and interest of the Community Captain.
Want to become a Community Captain?
Want to check out a Community Captain program?
We are still seeking Community Captains in these communities:
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.
Many of these communities do not have safe places to walk, run, or be active outside. Because of this we would like to know about indoor spaces that are available. A library, fire station, school, community center, etc could all be used as a program location. The building space just needs to be open to the public for free.