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Buckhannon Volunteer Center hires new coordinator Casey Gilbert, says farewell to Sarah Campbell

Buckhannon Volunteer Center hires new coordinator Casey Gilbert, says farewell to Sarah Campbell

September 7, 2018

BUCKHANNON, WV: Casey Gilbert, a recent West Virginia Wesleyan Masters of Business Administration graduate and current Potomac Highlands Volunteer Center Coordinator, will lead the Buckhannon Volunteer Center beginning next Tuesday, following last night’s City Council vote to hire her as the new coordinator. The current coordinator, Sarah Campbell, will be moving on to head up the Upshur County Senior Center and the City wishes her well in the new role.

Volunteers and partner organizations can be assured that we anticipate little to no gap in service during the transition, as Gilbert and Campbell will work together next week to ensure a smooth transfer of responsibilities. The web platform will remain active and Gilbert will begin reaching out to partners and volunteers in the near future.

Gilbert has volunteer leadership experience with the West Virginia Wesleyan College Center for Community Engagement and WE LEAD student organization, as well as with Appalachian Impact. She is particularly interested in animal welfare initiatives and has spent time volunteering at the Lewis Upshur Animal Control Facility. Gilbert has been the coordinator for the Potomac Highlands Volunteer Center, based out of Parsons, which is funded through the same grant award from the Volunteer Generation Fund and Volunteer West Virginia.

Campbell, the outgoing coordinator, will be the new director at the Upshur County Senior Center, an organization that utilizes volunteers for programming and encourages volunteerism among its senior clientele. Campbell shared, “Though I’m sad to be leaving the Volunteer Center, I am excited about the opportunity to be moving to the Senior Center. I think there is a great potential for growth there, and know that we could always use more volunteers. In addition, I hope to be able to help seniors connect the volunteer opportunities in our community as the chance arises.”

The Buckhannon Volunteer Center is dedicated to connecting individuals who wish to volunteer with organizations in the area who need help. These organizations are often serving vulnerable populations and working to make a difference in our community. Through our website and volunteer management database, we aim to make it easier for these groups to connect and to simplify the process–whether you represent an organization that needs volunteers or are an individual looking to help out. Businesses can get involved by registering teams: the volunteer center provides a valuable tool to connect employees with service opportunities, allowing companies to meet social responsibility goals. Real estate agents, too, may find value in the Buckhannon Volunteer Center, as it opens the doors for new residents to meet friends and connect with organizations and causes they care about.

The Buckhannon Volunteer Center is a grant-funded program through Volunteer West Virginia and the Volunteer Generation Fund. The grant funding is a part of the Be Kind, #VolunteerWV initiative, a campaign developed by Volunteer West Virginia to dedicate a year of kindness to West Virginia. The campaign’s goal is simple: to spread kindness and volunteerism across the state.

Interested volunteers and organizations may reach out to Casey Gilbert, Volunteer Center Coordinator, by calling City Hall at (304) 472-1651 or by emailing  Watch for Buckhannon Volunteer Center news and updates at

Callie Cronin Sams,