Giving A Boost Up After School

Nearly one in five of the 300 elementary aged children in area schools served by Americans Helping Americans® partner Big Creek People in Action (BCPIA) in War, West Virginia, benefits from its “Extra Cool Afterschool” program. During any given week there will be...

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Bringing Sight to Sore Eyes

Imagine going to school and not being able to read what the teacher is writing on the blackboard – even while sitting on the front row – because you know you need glasses, but your parents can’t afford to buy a pair. Or perhaps being a senior or veteran who could...

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Home Repair in Bean Station: A Potential Accident Averted

“Sam” lives alone in his home in Bean Station, Tennessee on a fixed income and the deck and steps to his front and side door were unstable and unsafe and he doesn’t have the resources to hire someone to do the repairs. In addition, Sam has health issues and while he...

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Help Heat Homes In Appalachia This Winter

On the morning of Wednesday, December 31, the last day of 2014, the low temperature in Cleveland, Georgia, where our partner Caring Hands Ministries is located was 29 degrees. The forecast for the first week in January 2015 there also calls for low temperatures below...

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After-School Programs Provide Tutoring, and So Much More

A little more than 30 miles south of Washington, D.C., there is a community named Triangle, Virginia. Located in Triangle, there is a large low-income apartment complex known as Melrose Apartments. But besides being affordable, what may attract many families to choose...

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Helping Communities Brave the Cold

Life can take unexpected turns, but many in Appalachia lack the resources to prepare for these surprises. One family we helped fell on hard times when their daughter had a stroke during her sixth month of her pregnancy. The family was living in a trailer with pieces...

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Utility Assistance Programs Save Lives in Appalachia

Food or heat? Rent or electricity? Life or death? Many living in Appalachia have to face these hard choices each day. When choosing to buy food for their children, or pay the rent to avoid eviction, coming up with the money to prevent the utilities from being turned...

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Frozen Turkeys and the Fixings Make the Holidays Warm!

Imagine Thanksgiving Day without a hot meal, much less a delicious turkey dinner with stuffing, sweet potatoes, and, of course, pumpkin pie, and eating so much it’s hard to get up from the table. For many Americans, they don’t have to imagine it – they live it. What...

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