It was a privilege to speak with some of our best and brightest from Jefferson and Washington High Schools last week from Washington. These students are participating in the WV Recovery Coach Academy within Greater Recovery and Community Empowerment, or GRACE, a local nonprofit developed during the 2016 floods that has worked to train recovery coaches in the region. The Recovery Coach Academy's purpose is to build communities affected by the addiction epidemic by removing barriers to sobriety and serving as mentors to those in recovery.



It is my privilege to congratulate Dr. Martin Roth upon his inauguration as the University of Charleston’s 26th President.Our state is fortunate to have gained such a truly dedicated and experienced professional as Dr. Roth and I am confident his expertise and vision for the university will greatly benefit our students, the faculty, and staff for many years to come.  



Please join me in giving a warm welcome to West Virginia's newest Americorps volunteers. Community service is an important part of our identity as West Virginians and Americans and I am so thankful to these young men and women for giving back to our state.



Members of my staff travelled to school across the state to showcase Lights on After School programs. Countless students and their families benefit from these programs and I am pleased to see them utilize across the Mountain State.



Case Manager Terri Berkley participated in this year's Minority Business Expo at the Charleston Convention Center, ready with information about how my office can assist with economic development and bringing jobs to our home state.



Established as a paperboard mill 10 years prior to the invention of the lightbulb, the Halltown Mill is considered the oldest continuously operating industry in our home state. Businesses like the Ox Industries Halltown Mill are the backbone of our communities and I am honored to celebrate this 150-year legacy of excellence.




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As your U.S. Senator, I am proud to be your voice with government agencies during your time of need. My goal is for me and my staff to provide the best possible customer service for every West Virginian who contacts me needing assistance. While I have no direct jurisdiction in legal or administrative matters of any federal, state, or local agency, I welcome the opportunity to assist you in any way possible and to assure that full consideration is given to your case. See one of our recent success stories below:

Mrs. Katherine Hoffman from Ballard contacted the Senator's office requesting assistance with her joint 2018 tax refund check. She contacted the IRS in April 2019 after filing an amended tax return. The IRS told her it would take four months to process. In August 2019, Mrs. Hoffman contacted IRS again and was advised that her return was lost. Caseworker Gerrie Greene contacted the Tax Payer Advocate’s office and Mrs. Hoffman's refund was processed and released.



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Region 3 WorkForce Investment Board and Upper Kanawha Valley YMCA Job and Resource Fair 

November 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
1033 4th Avenue, Montgomery

Employers can register by October 18 by contacting nnunnery@region3wibkc.org


WV Veterans Small Business Day November 5, 2019 - Morgantown, WV

This event has the contacts, resources and professionals available to provide you the tools for maneuvering in the business world and provide a foundation for doing business with the government. Plus, successful veteran business owners will be on hand to share their experiences.

Learn more here.


  Drought Impact in West Virginia

Over the past few months, West Virginia has been experiencing unseasonal drought. In order to keep the most current information available from the U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM), you can submit what you’re seeing in your local area to the inform USDM authors at droughtmonitor@unl.edu and through the Drought Impact Reporter at DIRinfo@unl.edu. The USDM is used by multiple agencies to determine eligibility for relief funding and access to other resources in times of drought.



SBA Invites America’s Small Businesses to Share Their Story
Call for 2020 National and District Small Business Week Nominations Now Open

The U.S. Small Business Administration is now accepting nominations for its 2020 National and District Small Business Week Awards, including the annual Small Business Person of the Year. For more than 50 years, National Small Business Week has celebrated the inspiring achievements of America’s small businesses and the countless contributions they make to their local communities, and to our nation’s economy.

Click here for more information.


Economic Injury Disaster Loan Availability Announcement

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced that Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and private nonprofit organizations located in Brooke, Hancock and Ohio counties in West Virginia as a result of excessive rain and flooding from Jan. 1 through Aug. 20, 2019.

Learn more here. 

Social Security Phone Scam - Learn How to Protect Yourself

Social Security employees do occasionally contact people--generally those who have ongoing business with the agency--by telephone for business purposes. However, Social Security employees will never threaten a person or promise a Social Security benefit approval, or increase, in exchange for information. In those cases, the call is fraudulent and people should not engage with the caller. If a person receives these calls, he or she should report the information to the OIG Fraud Hotline at 1-800-269-0271 or online at https://oig.ssa.gov/report.

To watch a PSA about the scam, click here or visit www.ssa.gov for more information.

Social Security has recently worked with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission to create a new fraud prevention placemat to help you avoid Social Security scams. You can order free copies of the placemat to use at dining venues, or to share with friends and family. The placemat is in English on one side and Spanish on the other side.


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