About us

60 Years of Community Action in the Heart of Appalachia

Serving the remote coalfields of Southwest Virginia since 1965, Appalachian Community Action and Development (AppCAA) delivers sustainable program interventions, technical expertise, and grassroots mobilization to build local resilience. AppCAA provides emergency, first-line interventions for families while leveraging our reputation as a reliable community partner in emergency situations to build resiliency through wrap-around services.

Our organization operates in Lee, Wise, and Scott counties and the City of Norton. This area is better known as the Lenowisco District. Within the district, we serve approximately 7,000 residents a year. Our services include housing repair, weatherization, programs for independent living, school meals, hygiene supplies, eviction prevention, financial technology education, housing counseling, financial literacy training, utility payments, and more. AppCAA’s target population is low-to-moderate-income individuals who might not otherwise qualify for assistance.

Our mission

To be a partner of choice, responding to our region’s challenges and helping communities of Southwest Virginia on their path to self-sufficiency.

Our team

Who we are

AppCAA’s executive team brings decades of experience in the non-profit sector.  This highly skilled team communicates with funders,  partners, local, state and national officials as well as community members to promote the mission and vision of the agency.  All team members have key roles that they maintain for the agency, ensuring that every program can continue providing crucial services to those within our service area.

Proudly serving

Our Service Area

AppCAA serves Lee, Scott, and Wise counties, as well as the City of Norton.

AppCAA offers a more limited selection of programs in Dickenson County as well.

View available programs by clicking your location on our map:

Take action

Get Involved with AppCAA

We are always looking for volunteers to get involved with our vast array of programs. We offer numerous opportunities to contribute to our community.

In addition, our agency is always accepting donations to further our mission and assist our community members. Any contributions are greatly appreciated!