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Big Creek People in Action, Inc. (BCPIA) was founded in 1990 to address economic problems facing McDowell County in West Virginia after the economy of the county started to fail when coal production declined (Big Creek People In Action, Inc., 2012). The agency is a nonprofit 501(C)(3) organization offering a community center where festivals and community events are held and a place of learning that offers GED programs and other educational programs.
Big Creek People In Action, Inc.’s mission statement is to serve “the community of McDowell County in the realms of education and literacy, leadership development, volunteer service, service learning, arts and culture, housing, recreation, and collaborative partnerships (Big Creek People In Action, Inc., 2012, ¶1). The location of the organization is Caretta, West Virginia, sitting at the intersection of three roads between several mountains. In the early morning, the sun shines down on the building, a former school that is called the Caretta Community Center. Here, people take fitness classes such as Zumba, classes to prepare to take t…
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