Building Local Power in West Virginia

Our vision is a thriving West Virginia where everyone is guaranteed justice, dignity, equity and a voice in determining their future.

We strive to change the balance of power in West Virginia through civic engagement, grassroots-led policy change, developing local leadership, and bringing diverse voices together. 

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Imagine how we can make WV a better place to live, work, and raise a family if local folks unite across race, class, age & geography to work year-round helping their communities become more engaged in the pillars of democracy: informed voting, involvement in local and state decision & policy-making, and community leadership development.

Who We Are

“... our members, community leaders, staff & board - is an amazing collective of single moms, grandparents, former laborers, safety net recipients, strategic thinkers, teachers, students, and organizers, in all shapes and forms. It is an honor to work alongside these powerful individuals...”

- Karen Williams

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What We Do

Our focus is on local and statewide issues that West Virginians face - things like child poverty, food access, hair discrimination, Local School Improvement Councils, voting rights and more. We embrace inclusivity, bottom-up organizing, letting people speak for themselves...

Get Involved

There is power in numbers and we need you . Local leadership is the backbone of what we do... Our members decide what issues we work on - so join us today!  Sign up for our newsletter to stay informed, take action, come to an event, or

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any.”

- Alice Walker