CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- First director honored
The Rev. Dr. F. Emerson Wood, the first executive director of Mission West Virginia, was recently chosen to be honored with a place on Huntington's Wall of Fame.
Wood was asked by then Gov. Underwood in 1997 to head Mission West Virginia Inc., a program to promote volunteerism and grassroots community support.
According to a news release, "Wood's belief that communities already had the assets necessary to help solve their problems, combined with his management style that allowed staff the creativity to develop innovative programs, resulted in award-winning programs in foster and adoptive parent recruitment; support for grandparents raising grandkids; computer literacy; abstinence education and pregnancy prevention; and capacity building for nonprofits and communities."
Students collect paint cans
Charleston Montessori School's lower elementary students are collecting opened and unwanted cans of paint to help "Paint the Town" for Habitat for Humanity.
Paint cans may be dropped off during school hours, 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 22 through Thursday at the school, 805 Price St. on the West Side.
The paint drive will accept latex paint in any color, type or finish. Oil-based paint will not be accepted because it cannot be recycled.
Habitat's recycling program, "Mix it Up," combines cans of latex paint to make new, usable colors that it sells at ReStore, the retail operation of Habitat for Humanity. ReStore accepts new, used and surplus donations from individuals, businesses, contractors, retailers and manufacturers, which are sold to fund construction of homes in Kanawha and Putnam counties. Donations are lower in the fall and winter months, and paint is of particular need.