National Service programs have a long history in West Virginia.
If AmeriCorps had a great grandfather, the CCC would be it. Following the Great Depression, thousands of young men served at 67 CCC camps across the state. Later came VISTA, the brainchild of President John F. Kennedy, implemented by Lyndon B. Johnson to fight the “War on Poverty”.
The state’s most famous VISTA volunteer, Jay Rockefeller, moved to Emmons in 1964 to serve.