Home > Community Capacity Building
Support Mountain State
Stakeholders in Our Communities
Community capacity building refers to the identification, strengthening and linking of your community's tangible resources, such as local service groups, and intangible resources like community spirit. At Mountain State it often takes the form of "pay it forward".
For over thirty years, Mountain State Centers for Independent Living (MTSTCIL) has been building communities for people with disabilities in West Virginia. Through its centers in Huntington and Beckley, MTSTCIL works toward the inclusion of people with disabilities in their local communities.
Staff, board members, and consumers at the centers actively participate in numerous community organizations as well as community events and activities. Staff encourage consumers to not only become volunteers at the centers, but to also volunteer at other organizations in order to expand community knowledge of the independent living philosophy. In addition, community volunteers are always welcome at the centers so they may better understand that philosophy.
We have teamed with GoodSearch to help save you money and support Mountain State while shopping online. You can enjoy deals on things like Walgreens medications and beauty products, toys at Amazon.com, and Kohl's fashions. For each purchase you make, up to 20% of what you spent will be donated back to Mountain State Centers for Independent Living, at no cost to you. Signup now and select Mountain States Centers for Independent Living as your cause!
Teubert Interagency Council of the Teubert Foundation assists people with vision impairments with several great programs for visually impaired children. Kelly A. Simpson, a Community Resources Advocate at Mountain State, has been involved with Teubert as the parent of children with visual disabilities and as a liaison with Mountain State.
Cabell Wayne Association for the Blind offers services to Mountain State consumers.
Mountain State staff participate in the Different But Alike program in Wayne County classrooms teaching children about people with disabilities.
KidsADA, a program of Mountain State, is an outreach program that provides disability history and sensitivity training in classrooms in Cabell and Raleigh counties.
Through our Supported Employment program many people with disabilities, who would not otherwise been able to work and become tax paying members of the community, are now successfully employed. Learn more about our Supported Employment program. Some of our employers in the Huntington area include O'Charley's, Kroger's and McDonald's. Meet more of our local employers.
Through fund raising efforts the Foundation for Independent Living strives to not only provide financial assistance to MTSTCIL, but to broaden the knowledge of the centers' mission, vision and independent living philosophy. By staff and consumer participation in the fund raising efforts, everyone becomes an owner in the centers' growth and success.