How Can You Help?
No matter where you live in the country, you can be an important part of the Appalachian Pagan Ministry!
Our ministry is run entirely by volunteers just like you, who share their time, knowledge, and expertise to make a tangible difference in the lives of other Pagans. Although we’re based in West Virginia, many of our volunteers live out of state yet still make up an integral part of the services we offer.
We have a number of exciting projects in the works so regardless of your level of experience and desired level of involvement, there are a number of ways that you can help out right now!
At this time, we currently visit five prisons in West Virginia and five in Ohio, including Death Row, every month, teaching courses, providing spiritual counselling, and leading rituals. Along with our on-site monthly visits, we are also providing courses via correspondence to many Kindreds and Covens in facilities across the nation. This is an area where help is needed the most in order to provide study materials to inmates and cover travel expenses (gas to and from the prisons,) as well as the cost of printing study materials and mailing letters and materials to inmates in between our in person visits. We have two options available: You can make a one time donation or even set up monthly recurring donations to come out of your account automatically.
Pagan inmates have very limited access to any books or study materials. While each prison has a library, books pertaining to Pagan religions are nonexistent unless donated by organizations like the Appalachian Pagan Ministry and individuals like you.
Books on Asatru, Druidry, and general Paganism are especially needed, in addition to books on Wicca.
If you would like to donate books, printed study materials, or even printing paper please contact Contact Us or email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
All funds received go directly into the ministry so that we can continue to provide this important service to one of the most marginalized groups of people in our community. Any amount, even a dollar, helps to make this work possible.
Donations over $250 are tax deductible and you can safely and conveniently donate through PayPal.
In addition to providing in person classes as part of our prison visits, we also offer correspondence courses that inmates are able to complete independently and then either mail their coursework to us or hand it in to us during one of our visits. That coursework is then emailed to whomever is teaching the course, -allowing for volunteers to teach and provide personalized feedback to inmates regardless of where that volunteer lives.
If you’d like more information or have a course idea to pitch, send an email to Rev Donna at email@example.com
Live in West Virginia or Ohio?
If you are a minister and/or teacher and live in West Virginia or Ohio, we would love to talk with you! Whether your experience is within Wicca, Asatru, Druidry, or general Paganism, the local community needs what you have to offer. We are frequently requested to officiate important rites of passage such as weddings and handfastings, naming ceremonies and baptisms, as well as death rites and funeral services.
We also need ministers and/or teachers with varied backgrounds to help teach and lead rituals and worship services as part of our prison ministry.
There is no expectation of your time. Feel free to give whatever you can or be involved as much as you are able.
Our Wishlist and Online Store
Appalachian Pagan Ministry now has an Amazon Wishlist for those who would like to purchase items needed to continue running this ministry. We also now have an online store for you to purchase items for yourself while supporting the ministry. The list will be updated as the needs arise.
All work done that benefits the inmates we serve directly benefits the greater Pagan community. This is because not only are we the only Pagan ministry approved by the WV prison system, but we’re currently on track to be serving inmates in every West Virginian prison.
This is truly historic and it helps to place Pagan religions in a similar position as mainstream religions within this state. This, in turn, creates precedence which may directly influence conditions for Pagan inmates in other prison systems, as well as helping to change the perspective of our religions within the eyes of a large governmental body.
This is a step forward in reducing the stigma against Pagan religions within our society. Any way that you can help -by donating materials, money, time, or even just helping to spread the word on social media- makes a tangible difference.