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Summers Co. organization raises funds to improve area



HINTON, W. Va (WVVA)-- People in Summers County say they need help in their efforts to make the community a better place.

The Hinton Hope Foundation is a network of people  from across the county, coming together to improve the area's economy and standard of living. They welcome community ideas and share resources to work toward accomplishing those goals.

But organizers say they need more funding to keep their projects-- like youth mentorship programs and art classes-- alive.

They're asking for donations to raise the more than $60,000 dollars they need.

Andy Rollyson, the director, said, "There aren't a lot of opportunities here. There's been a 9-percent decrease in population and so what we're doing is to turn it around."

He says projects like ginseng-farming are in the works to help with that.

"We want to get people to make more money, we want to have people to have more opportunities so they stay in town-- they don't get an education and leave to build a life," he said.

The group has started an online fundraising campaign to raise money.

To donate, go to the Hinton Hope Foundation's website:

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