The mission of the Appalachian Coal Country Team (ACCT) is to assist rural communities impoverished by environmental degradation and its consequences in making their home-placed-watersheds healthier places to live and work. The ACCT is supported by an innovative partnership beteween the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), concerned with environmental reclamation; AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), aimed at poverty alleviation; and local community improvement and watershed groups. The ACCT began in 2002, placing determined, college-trained men and women for a year of service in rural mining communities. OSMRE/VISTA Volunteers work directly with community members to build local capacity, encourage environmental stewardship, enhance outreach and education, engage in economic development, and assist in the professional development of OSMRE/VISTAs and their sponsoring organizations. With its Support Office in Beckley, WV, the ACCT works throughout the Appalachian states and is sponsored by Conservation Legacy.