About Lincoln County
The beauty of the Appalachian Mountains surrounds West Virginia’s Lincoln County. Visitors are awed not only by the scenic landscape, but also by the hospitality of the Appalachian people. While much of West Virginia is known for coal mining, this is a rural community where farming is the primary industry, and relationships are greatly valued here. Sitting on porches and visiting with others are common pastimes — that is how friends are made. Local residents are known to particularly enjoy storytelling, clogging (a type of flatfoot dance) and nature. The county’s rural location and dependence on farming and small business, however, presents economic challenges for the small community. Many families live below the poverty line, and of those, about 70% are female-headed households with young children under the age of 5.
Serving in Lincoln County
- Serve through painting, cleaning, yard work or other simple work projects.
- Plan and lead kids programming for children in the community, including Bible lessons, games, crafts and reading.
- Students will have the opportunity to work with each of the above service sites during the week.
The YouthWorks experience in Lincoln County revolves around relationships with incredible people. The Kids Club program is a yearly highlight for many community kids who look forward to meeting new faces each summer. Kids Club kids also love coming to the community cookout and it’s become tradition over the past decade that the adult leaders who serve at KC during the week drive along the KC transportation routes to pick up the kids to bring them to the community cookout. Work Projects are mostly located in and around Hamlin and West Hamlin, but groups may also go elsewhere in the county. The majority of the projects are painting and beautification projects, though as we are able, we coordinate building wheelchair ramps and other minor home repair projects. No matter what type of project groups are doing, there are opportunities to connect deeply with residents on the front porch with a glass of lemonade in hand. Evening activities are another chance to experience the welcoming hospitality of the people of Lincoln County. Groups will attend the Lincoln County Cloggers practice to see and learn basic dance moves. This activity is not just a highlight for groups, but something the cloggers themselves await anxiously each year. Participants will also have a chance to relax and rejuvenate in the natural beauty of Upper Mud Creek Lake, a state park and local hangout spot, and finish the week by connecting again with new community friends and Kids Club kids at the community cookout.
YouthWorks’ first site in West Virginia was in Lincoln County, opening in 1997. Since then, we’ve been housed in both Hamlin and West Hamlin, the county’s two main towns, and have been well-received by virtually everyone in the community.