New River CTC student launches project to bring smiles to Raleigh Center residents

[BEAVER, W.Va.] New River Community and Technical College student Michelle Lilly is asking area students to help her by making cards for residents at the Raleigh Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Daniels as part of the “We all need to smile” community service project.

Lilly is a member of the AmeriCorps College Ambassador program at New River CTC through the Education Alliance College Ambassadors program. She is studying business administration and accounting at the college.

“I enjoy learning new things and helping others,” Lilly explained. “And I’ve been able to do both in my role as a college ambassador. I’ve made new connections, learned about the enrollment process and am able to give back to students and the community.”

Cards will be accepted through the end of May and should be mailed to We all need to smile, 207 Adam Street, Shady Spring, WV, 25918. Lilly asks that those participating email her photos of the students and their cards to providing the student’s name, age and school they attend. They may also provide information on why they chose to participate.

The Raleigh Center will keep all items received in quarantine temporarily as a precautionary measure before handing out items to residents.

New River Community and Technical College serves nine counties in southeastern West Virginia from the Greenbrier Valley Campus (Lewisburg), Mercer County Campus (Princeton), Nicholas County Campus (Summersville) and Raleigh County Campus (Beaver).

AmeriCorps engages West Virginians in solving community-identified issues through service. Members of this national service program meet the state’s critical needs in the focus areas of education, disaster services, health, environmental stewardship, economic opportunity and service to veterans and military families. AmeriCorps*State programs are supported in part by grants from Volunteer West Virginia, the state’s Commission for National and Community Service as well as other public and private resources. Volunteer West Virginia is a division of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts. The agency encourages individuals to strengthen communities through service and volunteerism.

Education Alliance College Ambassadors is a program of The Education Alliance provided in partnership with the West Virginia Community and Technical System. The Education Alliance is a statewide nonprofit organization that operates programs and advances policies to improve achievement by public school students in West Virginia. The West Virginia Technical College System coordinates community and technical colleges in the state of West Virginia, partnering with businesses to meet workforce needs, and ensuring a meaningful education for students. For more information, visit or