WV Healthy Kids and Families Coalition

WV Healthy Kids and Families Coalition2017-12-30T00:42:02+00:00

Want to transform West Virginia?

Fighting to make WV the best place to live, work, and raise a family – no matter who you are.

WV Healthy Kids and Families Coalition is a statewide movement-building organization. We put power in the hands of everyday West Virginians – like you – to take charge of their communities.

Interested in policy change?

Join Our Children, Our Future – a grassroots policy campaign that’s won 28 victories in 4 years from raising the minimum wage for 127,000 families to expanding school breakfast programs by 5.8 million meals. Policy change starts with people like you, hosting a forum, or organizing a bus to the Capitol, or coming up with a policy idea. Contact Chris Kimes.

Want to build a healthier community?

Try This West Virginia (www.trythiswv.com) was created to knock WV off the top of the worst health lists, community by community. Since 2014, we have provided mini grants ($500 – $3000) to 204 local teams statewide and are offering Second Stage grants ($5 – $15K) to help them create projects that increase access to healthy food or physical activity. Check us out on Facebook.

Want to strengthen your local public school?

Many parents want to make WV schools stronger (mentoring programs, entrepreneurship, improving curriculum, school gardens, etc.). We can help. See www.wvparents4wellness.com or e-mail Jenny Anderson (janderson@ourfuturewv.org) for a big dose of the information you need. In Fall 2018, we’ll host our second Families Leading Change Summit. Apply for a mini grant (up to $2,000) for family-led school teams that make a difference. Contact Jenny Anderson

Want to run for office?

Sign-up for one of our non-partisan Candidate Training Academies – where we teach folks how to run for office in a way that is accountable to constituents and communities. Contact Stephen Smith. Contact Carey Jo Grace for info about other leadership development trainings.

Want to promote youth leadership?

Young West Virginia is devoted to lifting up young leaders.  Young West Virginia / Our Children, Our Future “student chapters” commit to making change in their school and community.  Chapters can be brand new student groups or existing student groups. Each group that comes to the Young WV Conference (September 8-10 @ Marshall) and commits to a local project gets a $300 mini-grant! Contact Jennifer Wells.

Want to start a business or create good jobs?

Strong Mountain Communities and the WV Good Jobs Fund will hold a “pitch contest” for people who want to start businesses and create good jobs in Central and Southern West Virginia. Awards ranging from $1000-$10,000 will be given to the top business plans! Contact Jina Belcher for more info.

Want help promoting a healthy congregation?

West Virginia Healthy Bodies Healthy Spirits helps you use the Try This resources to build a healthy-community ministry in your church or other faith organization. Contact Joshua Sowards.

Want to organize to protect our federal safety net?

Our Children Our Future is giving out $1,200-$1,500 organizing grants to local groups organizing at the federal level. Contact Sammi.

Want to organize for racial justice?

The Call to Action for Racial Equality is a new statewide movement for racial justice and equality. Contact Gabrielle Chapman.

Got another idea? Want to meet with an organizer? Contact Stephen.