Keith Freeman via Crowdrise
March 01, 2012
This spring I will be headed down to Beards Fork, West Virginia to give the good people of this town a hand in making their home a better place. My trip will be through Rutgers Alternative Spring Breaks and my co-site leader Stephanie and I will be joined by 10 eager Rutgers volunteers to give what we can.
Beards Fork was a coal mining town during the earlier half of the 20th century. Today the town has been abandoned by the mining industry and is considered to be unassociated, meaning it is not considered to be a town with a full infrastructure. Many still live in Beards Fork, and maintaining their home is difficult with the absence of a driving economy, limited infrastructure and resources, and only a population of about 200 people.
We will be working with our community partner, Southern Appalachian Labor School, a.k.a. SALS to give a helping hand to the residents of Beards Fork. Our trip will cost $350 per person. This money will cover the cost of rental vehicles, travel costs, and food expenses.
Any contribution is greatly appreciated! Thanks for your help!