Of the many concerns facing the Tug Valley and its surrounding areas, children in poverty may stand out as one of the most pervasive issues, affecting approximately one out of every three children under the age of 6 in the state.
In an attempt to combat the growing problem, local agencies are partnering with the West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition in their “Our Children, Our Future: Mingo County Childhood Poverty Forum.”
The campaign will kick off with a community meeting on Friday, March 22, at 4 p.m. on the fourth floor of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College’s Williamson Campus.
The collaborating agencies include the Mingo County Diabetes Coalition; Williamson Housing Authority; Logan-Mingo Area Mental Health, the Strong Through Our Plan (STOP) Coalition; the Christian Appalachian Project; and Sr. Brendan Conlon, volunteer with Christian Help of Mingo County.
The group hopes to impact child poverty comprehensively by focusing on primary and secondary issues, such as Medicaid expansion, family violence prevention, stopping cuts in child-care, healthy food initiatives and bi-partisan prison reform.
For more information on the meeting, call Jenny Hudson at (304) 235-3400 or Sr. Janet Peterworth at (304) 393-1481. For more information on the West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition, visit www.wvhealthykids.org.