"Justice is what love looks like in public." -Cornel West
The generosity of visiting service groups makes home repairs possible. Big Laurel has a completed projects such as underpinning, flooring, painting, and porch and ramp building. Unfortunately, Big Laurel and its volunteers are unable to do roofing or plumbing projects at this time.
If you or someone you know needs assistance in a home repair project, give us a call at 304-393-4103. Most projects are completed in the spring or summer when volunteer groups are here.
Due to high volume of home repairs, we may not be able to fill every request. However, we are happy to talk to you and either refer you to another organization or add you to our waitlist.
Big Laurel's staff and AmeriCorps members team up with Mrs. Cindy Booth's science classes to plant, grow, study, harvest, and eat their own produce.
With low tunnels on the raised beds, students are able to plant and grow outdoors throughout the winter. The harvest from the garden has been shared with school teachers and staff, taken home by students, and even served on the school salad bar!
The project focuses on agriculture and encourages middle school students to use critical thinking and the scientific method in weekly garden classes at Kermit PK-8.
Big Laurel community members and volunteers offer assistance with the after school program at ABLE Families in Kermit.
Preschool - 8th grade students attend the after school program Monday-Friday 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. The after school program provides tutoring, homework help, educational enrichment, art, physical activities, games, mentor-ship, and dinner every day.
Appalachian residents have some of the poorest physical health in the nation. Nutrition is an important part of physical health. Big Laurel strives to provide food vouchers, bridging the gap between families' income and their monthly food costs.
Food vouchers are need based and are distributed on a case by case basis. Food vouchers are redeemable at the IGA in Warfield, KY.
This outreach program would not be possible without monetary donations. Donate here to help feed a family!
Kermit Pk-8 Tutoring
AmeriCorps members serve in the local Kermit Pk-8 School where they focus on specific student needs including but not limited to literacy, comprehension, phonics, handwriting, and math.
This mentorship program encourages students to use critical and creative thinking, develop problem solving skills, and grow as life-long learners.