After significant flooding in the area on July 28-29, the community of Mannington has an urgent need for volunteers.

West Virginia University has partnered with Fairmont State University and the United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties for a Day of Service, today (Wednesday, Aug. 2), to clean up the Mannington fairgrounds.

The 85th annual Mannington District Fair is scheduled to take place Aug. 7-12, and due to historically high flood water on the fairground and nearby Hough Park, there is a high public health risk for attendees due to bio-contamination of surfaces and structures.

WVU students, faculty, staff, and alumni, and employees from the WVU Foundation, WVU Medicine, and WVU Research Corporation are encouraged to participate along with members of the local community. WVU employees should speak to their supervisor about volunteering during regular work hours.

More information, project detail, and sign-up links can be found in WVU's iServe system.

WVU is also conducting a donation drive for supplies; any items that can be used for cleanup (bleach, rags, gloves, masks, and eyewear) are requested. Supplies may be dropped off at Stansbury Hall on Beechurst Avenue (Areal 11 side) today from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

For more information about this or the day of service, please contact the Center for Service and Learning at WVU at 304.293.8761 or