WHEELING, W.Va., Feb. 15, 2016 – More than 20 service-year programs will be recruiting at the first ever West Virginia ServeCon event at Wheeling Jesuit University, Tuesday Feb. 23. Participants can apply to more than 5,000 available positions.
ServeCon will take place from 2-6 p.m. inside the Alma Grace McDonough Center. The event is open to the public, area colleges and high schools.
Organizations on hand include: The Christian Appalachian Project, Girl Scouts of Black Diamond, Horseshoe Leadership Center, Catholic Charities Neighborhood Center, Faith in Action Caregivers, Inc., City Year, Habitat for Humanity, Nazareth Farm, LifeBridge AmeriCorps, Corporation for National and Community Service, Volunteer West Virginia, AmeriCorps on the Frontline, STEM Network Schools Program, Preservation Alliance of WV, Peace Corps, VISTA Collaborative, WV Promise and Energy Express.
“Programs like City Year, AmeriCorps, and the Jesuit Volunteer Corps can help you build your résumé with valuable experience, whether you are just graduating from high school or college, starting your career, or looking for a way to give back at any point in your life,” said Beth Collins, Franklin Project Ambassador and director of the Appalachian Institute at Wheeling Jesuit University. “Many programs offer scholarships, living stipends and provide a gateway to permanent employment.”
AmeriCorps and VISTA provide an opportunity for residents and students to get real world work experience and make lasting connections in the Mountain State. According to Volunteer West Virginia, nearly half of West Virginia’s AmeriCorps members go on to service related careers or higher education.
“I began my career as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Wheeling Jesuit through WV Campus Compact. Learning and working on Appalachian issues helped me develop a deep passion for my home region,” said Collins. “That experience helped me grow roots and empowered me to build a career in West Virginia.”
Positions are available for community members of all ages and skill levels. Positions include full year and summer opportunities. Program participants tutor and mentor children; address the issues of homelessness and poverty; provide children with nutritious meals through summer months; develop heritage sites and preserve historic towns; recruit and manage volunteers, and much more. For more information, call 304-243-4361.
Photo: Appalachian Institute Director Beth Collins, left, plans ServeCon with WJU students Jessie Reynolds, Elizabeth Nawrocki , Danielle Lambert and Service for Social Action Center Director Colleen Ryan.