Caleb Jenkins of
Mountaineer Project Healing Waters
West Virginia has the highest per capita of her citizens that have served or are currently serving in the military compared to the rest of the nation. We take pride in our military and those that serve. Honoring our military does not end when they complete their service or are disabled in the line of duty. Taking care of our own is a high priority for West Virginians, including the volunteers at the Mountaineer Project Healing Waters, Inc. The Mountaineer Project Healing Waters is our local chapter of an organization that focuses on the “physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing and associated activities.” Veterans and military members are educated on the process of fly fishing, tying lures and hooking a fish. The comradery that is created among those that participate provides not only a new skill for those that participate, but also a better outlook on life.
Caleb Jenkins has been a volunteer for the Mountaineer Project Healing Waters for a number of years. Through his role as Assistant Program Lead, he passes along his fly fishing experience along to the members through training classes and real life outings. The love of fly fishing and the move to volunteer lead him to the group and he has been participating for years.WBOY - Clarksburg, Morgantown: News, Sports, Weather
“Caleb is one of our most dependable volunteers, always there for classes to teach or assist in any way he can. He has used his own vacation time from his employer to guide and teach on fishing outings,” stated Tom Perrine, the Project Healing Waters coordinator at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center. “Caleb is always eager to share his knowledge and expertise with our Veteran participants.”
Caleb’s dedication to the art of fly fishing and using his skills to give selflessly to an organization that helps our military members and veterans is why he has been selected as this months Celebrating Volunteers winner.
“Caleb is a wonderful young man that uses his skills to provide a service to our men and women of the military,” Gretchen Ross of WBOY stated. “Anyone that uses their skill set to enhance the life of another, especially those that have served our country, should receive special recognition. We are glad to honor him.”
In 2015 alone, Project Healing Waters has served over 7,400 injured and disabled military service personnel and disabled veterans across the country. Through their services, military servicemen and women are afforded an organization that brings them together to interact and share their experiences. It provides a way for them to move forward and build relationships that they might not otherwise been able to do.
“Our military members and veterans are one of the cornerstones of our communities. Providing rehabilitation through fly fishing is an innovative idea that fits well into West Virginians commitment to service,” said Tim Miley, owner of The Miley Legal Group. “Caleb and the other volunteers of Project Healing Waters provide a wonderful opportunity for our veterans and disabled service members to learn a new skill and get out in the fresh mountain air to experience our great state at its finest!”
As a transplant to the Clarksburg area, Caleb was looking for something to do related to fly fishing and he is glad that he stumbled upon the local chapter and he hasn’t looked back since.
“We are very thankful to have such a person to give selflessly to this organization that honors our nation’s hero.” Perrine concluded.
For those interested in the Mountaineer Project Healing Water, contact Tom Perrine, the Local VA Coordinator at (304)623-3431. More information can also be found at www.ProjectHealingWaters.org.
The Celebrating Volunteers awardees receive public recognition for not only themselves, but their organization. They also receive a $500 contribution to the organization they represent in their name. Gretchen Ross of WBOY TV and Tim Miley of The Miley Legal Group work together to select the awardees from the many nominations received from the public. The volunteer selected will have demonstrated their commitment to an organization through volunteerism and support.
“I am an avid supporter of volunteerism in our communities.” Miley stated. “The Celebrating Volunteers program is a way that we can recognize the hard work and dedication of individuals across our region.”