Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition


Dustin White finding his niche.

Find your niche with OVEC. Doing nothing is the worst thing you can do.  We can use your help in any way you can offer it. Maria Gunnoe

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Are you interested in cultivating a new future for West Virginia? Are you fed up with our state being poisoned, mocked and forgotten? Are you inspired by the beauty of the hills, the kindness of the people and the richness of the states history? If so, help out! OVEC members work on projects that promote public health, environmental protection and social justice. We need you at public hearings, rallies and OVEC-sponsored gatherings. We need help recruiting new OVEC members to build our citizen power.

OVEC can arrange for training in many aspects of our work panel discussions, lobbying, permit reading, letter writing, water testing, nonviolence, basic computer training and much more. Contact us at 304-522-0246 if you are interested in trainings.

About OVEC

The Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition by fotolace

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Our Offices

Our main office is in Huntington, W. Va. Our organizers are based in Boone, Cabell and Fayette Counties. (The Ohio Valley in our name refers to the Ohio River Valley.)

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Get Involved Take Action

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Get Involved

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Call, write and/or meet with legislators to ask for the establishment of a strong renewable Energy Enhancement Fund in WV. (See page two of OVEC's December 2010 Winds of Change newsletter, at www.ohvec.org, for more information.) Contact Dianne at 304-360-2072 or dbady.ovec@gmail.com.
  • Take a training in simple water testing and then join a three-person team that commits to monitoring a specific stream or two every three months or so. Contact Dianne at 304-360-2072 or dbady.ovec@gmail.com.
  • Conduct Internet research of new potential foundations to approach for grant funding. Contact Janet at 304-522-0246 or janet.ovec@gmail.com.
  • Help stuff and label envelopes for mailings (occasional). Help move things around the office, (requires ability to carry sometimes heavy objects up and down stairs). Contact Maryanne at 304-522-0246 or maryanne@ohvec.org.
  • Support the Membership Committee, host a house party for OVEC or help with logistics for special events; Contact Robin at 304-840-4877 oror robin@ohvec.org.
  • Help register and protect your family cemetery and small community cemeteries. For information on cemetery preservation, Contact Robin at 304-840-4877 or rbrobinjh@gmail.com.
  • Join Sludge Safety Projects, (SSP), robust volunteer program and learn more about any of the many environmental justice actions you can participate in with SSP. Contact Delta Merner at: lorax@riseup.net, or Andrew Munn, anromu@gmail.com.
  • Take one of OVECs media trainings and then step forward to be a spokesperson for your community. Your stories about Mountaintop Removal and other environmental problems are vital, and the media is essential to getting your story out. Contact Vivian at 304-360-1979 or vivian@ohvec.org, or Maria at 304-245-8481, 304-989-9581 or wvhollowgirl@aol.com .
  • Help us keep a record of media hits by cutting and copying hardcopies of news articles. Contact Tonya at 304-522-0246, or 4themountains@gmail.com
  • Help do simple data entries, of new member information, etc. Contact Robin Blakeman: rbrobinjh@gmail.com .
  • Proofread, edit, and write newsletter articles. Contact Vivian at 304-360-1979 or vivian@ohvec.org.
  • Write letters to the editor and opinion columns, and comment online; Contact Vivian at 304-360-1979 or vivian@ohvec.org.
  • Develop YouTube videos, edit photos and help with other visual media work. Contact Vivian at 304-360-1979 or vivian@ohvec.org.
  • Work with community members in Boone County on the Twilight Project, where OVEC has purchased land with mineral rights, including remodeling a building to become an educational center and an organizing base. Contact Maria at 304-245-8481, 304-989-9581 or wvhollowgirl@aol.com.
  • Attend scheduled West Virginia Citizens for Clean Elections coalition meetings. Learn more and help work on issues and in this, and other state-wide coalitions for positive regulatory and legislative change. Contact Janet at 304-522-0246 or janet@ohvec.org.

Get Involved Join and Donate

You are the engine of OVECs citizen power. Because of active members like you, politicians and others respond to our demands for clean air, water and land.

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Meet OVEC Staff

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Meet Our Friends

Strength in solidarity!

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Get Informed

Think about the power of educating yourself and others. Talk to your neighbor; write a letter to the editor; read a book or watch a film on the issues we work on.

Read the online version of Winds of Change, our newsletter.  Stay up-to-date about OVECs work and share this with your family and friends.

Read books and watch films that feature OVEC's work. See this page and this page for a few of the books and films available.

A major strength of OVEC is getting the word out about our issues.

Explore our website. Theres much more including photos and daily news updates. But as you know, OVEC is so much more than just a website. There are so many ways you can get involved to help make a difference.

For instance, theres our Sludge Safety Project and the coalition we lead, the Citizens for Clean Elections

Thanks so much for joining OVEC. See you at the next meeting at the next rally

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