Southern West Virginia faces many economic and health challenges. It is through our Community Captains program, and with the partnerships and sponsors within these communities, we can help communities combat barriers that prevent people from leading active and healthy lifestyles. Community Captains help reduce these barriers by recruiting local residents who are passionate about helping their community and themselves lead healthy lifestyles.
What is a Community Captain?
Community Captains dedicate their time and energy to leading free weekly or monthly physical activities in their communities and having fun along the way. Activities range from walking and running groups to tai chi and yoga. 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 or run outside because of this we would like to know about indoor space that is available. Indoor space can be a library, fire station, school, or community center, etc. It just needs to be space that is open to the public for free.