AmeriCorps seeks volunteers for program

PARKERSBURG – AmeriCorps is recruiting volunteers for EnergyExpress, a summer reading/nutrition program.

The 8-week program, which is sponsored by West Virginia University Extension Service, serves about 3,000 children in rural and low-income West Virginia communities, helping them to maintain or gain reading skills.

“This program is designed to help shape the lives of the children, but in the process, we find that the volunteers often have a life-changing experience, too,” said Alicia Cassels, literacy and academic success specialist with WVU Extension Service.

Anyone aged 13 or older with an interest in helping children can volunteer at Energy Express. Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday from June 24 to Aug. 2, with the exception of July 4.

Volunteering is flexible, as volunteers can choose to help one hour, one day, one week, or every day.

Wood County Energy Express will be conducted this year at Emerson, Martin, Franklin, and Williamstown Elementary Schools.

Energy Express volunteers can help with assisting childrens with their one-on-one daily reading, read aloud to a small group of children, listen to a child read, or help children with journaling and book-based art activities.

Volunteers can also help with clerical duties such as answering phones, making copies, sorting craft supplies, assisting with non-competitive recreation, setting up tables for family-style meals, cleaning up after children leave, or assisting with special activities such as the open house or community service projects.

For volunteer opportunities, call the WVU Wood County Extension Service at 304-424-1960 or email Jodi Smith at