Alleghany Highlands

 6.5 hours away from SJU

About the area: May be found easier on a map as Clifton Forge or Covington. AH is one of the best sites at embracing community.  Those you work with are a network of volunteers that truly are family.  By the end of the trip, you'll without a doubt feel a part of that making the task of leaving without tears near impossible.

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About the area: As of the census of 2010, there were 484 people, 255 households, and 144 families residing in the town.  About 14.1% of families and 17.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.8% of those under age 18 and 14.4% of those age 65 or over.

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About the area: Honaker has a population of about 1,500, 27% of whom live below the poverty line. It is the Redbud capital of the world.

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About the area: Ivanhoe is in southern Wythe County, Virginia, situated in the Appalachian Mountains along New River, and New River Trail State Park.  After the 2010 census, the town of Ivanhoe had around 551 people living in the town.  Of those people 37.5% of those live below the poverty level.


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 9 hours away from SJU

About the area: The Town of Jonesville is a small town with a BIG heart.  Located in Southwest Virginia, we are surrounded by the beautiful mountains of the Appalachian Chain.  The town of Jonesville was established in in 1794 and founded on October 13, 1795 as the County Seat of Lee County and named after Fredrick Jones.  Jonesville is the second oldest town west of Roanoke with a population of approximately 995. Saint Joseph's University will go through the Appalachia Service Project program in its first year in Jonesville, VA.


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About the area: Roanoke is different than other APEX sites because it is located in a city. There is a scenic downtown area, and the famous Roanoke star is a great landmark. The population is 98,641 with 16% of the population under the poverty line.

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About the area: Nestled close to the Clinch River in southwest Virginia, St. Paul is filled with great history and memorable stories. Home of one of the most biologically diverse rivers in the world and over 1,000 people, St. Paul has much to offer. Their historic and quaint downtown and proximity to Breaks National Park make it a hidden gem in the Appalachian Region.

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