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Sunday, March 25,2012

Countwide initiative launched to support community organizations

A new initiative to support community organizations in Athens County, Athens Student Action, is being launched this week.

Athens Student Action is an initiative of the Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development (COAD), a non-profit, community-based organization in Athens that serves rural, mostly Appalachian counties in eastern and southern Ohio.

According to a news releasse, the mission of Athens Student Action ( is to facilitate greater engagement between Ohio University and Hocking College students and the community organizations of Athens County, by promoting volunteerism within the student population. Athens Student Action provides an online database, which lists community organizations by service area, location or alphabetically, in order to provide potential volunteers with an easy way to connect with community organizations.

Athens Student Action’s online database allows potential volunteers to find Athens County organizations with which to serve, and allows community organizations to list information about their organization and their volunteer needs to the student population.

“Student volunteers represent a huge, mostly untapped resource of extra hands, energy and ideas, and many of our community organizations need all the help that they can get in our current economic climate,” Ben Hastil, an AmeriCorps*VISTA member with COAD, said in the news release. “We believe that this initiative will provide a critical resource for strengthening the Athens County community,”

Hastil has been working on developing the initiative.

Currently, Athens Student Action’s online database features 23 community organizations in service areas such as advocacy and human rights, arts and culture, economic development, the environment, housing, and many others. More organizations are joining Athens Student Action every week.

For more information, contact Psyche Castro, AmeriCorps*VISTA member with COAD, at 740-594-8499, ext. 271 or


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