The Appalachian Coal Country Team
Founded in response to demands from watershed and community improvement groups throughout coal country, the work of the Appalachian Coal Country Team (ACCT) supports a growing movement that is quietly bringing new strength and new hope to the Appalachian region. OSMRE/VISTA Volunteers are college-educated Volunteers who serve full-time as “capacity builders” for a one year term. The Team arms community organizations and projects with the training, tools, and volunteer support necessary to help local citizens become effective environmental stewards, community leaders, and accelerators of change in places indelibly marked by the environmental legacy of pre-regulatory coal mining. Together, the Team and its local partners are propelling a new Appalachian economy based on conservation and development, strong partnerships, and engaged citizens.
Formed in 2002, the ACCT is a partnership among the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), AmeriCorps VISTA, and watershed and community organizations. The ACCT program is one of few non-profits bringing greater connection and collaboration between federal agencies and small rural communities. The Team trains, supports, and coordinates a dynamic group of OSMRE/VISTA Volunteers, summer interns, and their supervisors to promote social and environmental change at the grassroots level in Appalachian coalfields.
Today the Team serves the states that encompass the majority of coal country in Appalachia, including Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee, while our summer programs serve across the country.