West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.

Business

West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.

Education

West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.

Employment

West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.

Family

West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.

Health

Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.

Tourism

Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 State Volunteer Conference Offers Something For Everyone

6/16/2009 CHARLESTON, W.VA. – What do volunteer management, disaster preparedness, youth leadership, corporate volunteer programs, a statewide service project and inspirational keynote speakers have in common? They’re all part of this year’s Faces of Leadership conference, the state’s largest annual gathering of West Virginians strengthening communities through volunteerism and service. 

Volunteer West Virginia, the state’s Commission for National and Community Service, coordinates the statewide conference on volunteerism, community service and service-learning which will be held July 14-16 at the Charleston Civic Center. The conference theme, Strengthening Community, is about working together as a means to triumph in tough times. 

Conference highlights include:

·         Dynamic Keynotes - Becky Anderson, the founder of HandMade in America – a nationally recognized institution that makes known the hidden heritage and craftspeople of western North Carolina – will show participants how the lessons of yesterday can help us plan for tomorrow. Suzanne Morse, president of the Pew Partnership for Civic Change, will encourage participants to become Community Champions and set conference attendees on the path to being agents of change in their communities. And enthusiastic, nationally-known motivational speaker Jenny Nolen will teach attendees that humor is their single greatest asset and brings a valuable lesson on learning to laugh at themselves.

·         Networking Opportunities - The nearly 400 people who attend the conference have the opportunity to catch up with old friends and make new ones from among the government officials, business and community leaders, nonprofit and national service staff and volunteers, and members of faith-based organizations who attend the conference.

·         Diverse Workshop Topics - Conference participants will get new ideas from more than 65 workshops that address everything from legal issues, to advocacy, to using GIS (Geographic Information Systems) to map service locations - just to name a few. Some conference sessions count toward the Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the WVU School of Social Work.

·         Operation READ - As the Faces of Leadership service project and statewide book drive, Operation READ presents a variety of participation opportunities for West Virginians and conference attendees.

·         Exhibits – Conference attendees will have the opportunity to learn about new initiatives, innovative thinking and collaborative efforts happening around the state.

·         3rd Annual Business Volunteer Institute - The Business Volunteer Institute is full of resources for both new and experienced employee volunteer programs. Participants will learn about real-life examples of businesses allowing their employees to get involved in the community and how those volunteer programs can be sustained.

Conference registration is $160, which includes all conference sessions, refreshments and meals. Single day registration is also an option. For more information or to register, visit www.volunteerwv.org or contact Moya Doneghy at (304) 558-0111.

Contact Information

Mitzi L. Miller
304-558-0101