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Hurricane to host workshop to end child poverty

By By Anna Patrick
Staff writer

Low-income families in Logan County could pay less for their utilities by installing solar panels, one of several proposals to be discussed at next week’s Central Region’s Our Children Our Future Policy Workshop.

The day-long workshop will be one of four held throughout the state to gather state legislators, community leaders, grassroots organizers and citizens together to discuss effective forms of action and proposed state policies to eliminate child poverty across West Virginia.

“My hope is that these workshops really provide the opportunity for people in the community to be empowered and let their voice be heard,” said Chris Kimes, co-organizer and political director for the WV Healthy Kids and Families Coalition,.

Kimes said thanks to the workshops, “people who have never participated in any type of political process are beginning to talk about these problems and feel empowered.”

The workshops are hosted by the WV Healthy Kids and Families Coalition, the West Virginia Community Development Hub and the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy.

The Central Region’s workshop will take place July 24 from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the St. Timothy in the Valley Church in Hurricane. Organizers are encouraging all interested community members (no prior political advocacy experience is required) to sign-up for the free, day-long event before the registration closes at midnight Thursday. To sign up, visit bit.ly/policyworkshops. Organizers say more than 400 people have already signed up.

Upon registering, attendees will have the opportunity to choose from 27 state issues to work on. Of the issues identified throughout the state, eight will be explained in detail at the Central Region Workshop.

The policy proposals slated for discussion include: “Addressing Parental Drug Abuse through Policy,” “WV Healthy Families Act: Paid Sick Days & Family Leave,” and “Workforce Development: Job Training & Placement Programs” and more.

A free lunch will be provided while participants hear from local legislators and community member Laura Dice, coordinator for the KEYS 4 HealthyKids group.

A final workshop will be held July 29 at Blue Ridge Community & Technical College in Martinsburg. People can register through July 22.

Reach Anna Patrick at anna.patrick@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5100.


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