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Partners from business, foundations, government, nonprofit agencies and labor have committed, in a signed covenant, to seeking solutions to McDowell’s complex problems. Each partner has agreed to provide services, money, products and/or expertise to lift McDowell County’s schools, students and their families.

Featured partner: Share My Lesson

Share My Lesson is a free digital collection of lesson plans and resources for educators. It is designed to help reduce the hours educators spend developing countless lesson plans and provides a platform where users can collaborate and resources on various topics and subjects appropriate for all grade levels. The user-friendly site boasts more than 312,000 resources and all content can be downloaded free of charge. As a Reconnecting McDowell partner, Share My Lesson launched a resource collection specifically designed for McDowell County educators, parents and guardians. Visit the McDowell County resources at


American Federation of Teachers

Gayle Manchin        

AFL-CIO Housing Trust

AFT-West Virginia

Alliance for Excellent Education

Alpha Natural Resources

Appalachian Power

Arch Coal


Benedum Foundation

Big Creek People in Action

Bluefield State College

BlueGreen Alliance

Bowles Rice McDavid Graff & Love

Building America Community Development Enterprise

Catholic Charities West Virginia

Children’s Home Society of West Virginia

Christian Community Development Association

Cisco Systems Inc

City of Welch, West Virginia

Coalition for Community Schools

College Board

Communications Workers of America

Concord University

Council of the Southern Mountains

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Education Alliance


Edwards Educational Services



First Book

Frontier Communications


Grace Bible Church

Harvard University – Advanced Leadership Initiative

Highland Community Builders

Highmark West Virginia Inc.

Hon. Clif Moore

Hope Community Development Corporation

Human Resource Development & Employment Inc.

Human Resource Development Foundation

Huntington Area Food Bank

IBM Corp

Imagination Library

Improve Your Offer, Inc.

Joe Ford, May or Iaeger


Kellogg Company

Marshall University’s June Harless Center for Rural Educational Research  & Development 

McDowell County Board of Education

McDowell County Commission

McDowell County Commission on Aging

McDowell County Economic Development Authority

McDowell County Juvenile Drug Court

McDowell County Redevelopment Authority

Mountaineer ChallenNGe Academy

New River Community and Technical College

Ohio-West Virginia State YMCA

OMB, Office of Information & Regulatory

Patriot Coal Corp.

Pioneer Community Bank

Preston Scheffenacker Properties

Rahall Appalachian Transportation Institute

Reba Honaker, Mayor of Welch

Robert C. Byrd Center for Rural Health

Robert C. Byrd Institute

Save the Children – U.S. Programs

SEIU 1199

Share My Lesson

Share Our Strength

Shentel Communications

Silver Lining

South Central AFL-CIO

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College

Southern Highlands Community Mental Health Center

Stop the Hurt, Inc.

Tug River Health Association

United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local 400

United Mine Workers of America

U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

U.S. Dept. of Education

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin

Vera Institute of Justice


Vh1 Save the Music

Wastewater Treatment Coalition of McDowell

West Virginia AFL-CIO

West Virginia Association of Student Councils

West Virginia Board of Education

West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services

West Virginia Center for Professional Development

West Virginia Children’s Home Society

West Virginia Council for Community and Technical Education

West Virginia Del. Mary Poling

West Virginia Dept. of Commerce

West Virginia Dept. of Education

West Virginia Dept. of Education and the Arts

West Virginia Dept. of Health and Human Resources

West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

West Virginia Education Association

West Virginia GEAR UP

West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission

West Virginia Homeland Security

West Virginia Housing Development Fund

West Virginia National Guard

West Virginia PTA

West Virginia School Boards Association

West Virginia Schools Service Personnel Association

West Virginia Sen. Robert Plymale

West Virginia State Police

West Virginia Supreme Court

West Virginia University

West Virginia University School of Journalism

Widmeyer Communications

World Wide Workshop Foundation


Youth Enrichment Services