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Prestonsburg Community College (PCC) and Big Sandy Area Development District (BSADD) have joined forces to offer service learning and volunteer opportunities in order to address unmet community needs of the Big Sandy region. Our program, "CONNECTIONS: Empowering Communities in Appalachia," facilitates community service opportunities in Senior Citizen Centers, Family Resource Centers, Youth Service Centers, Elementary and Secondary Schools, and many other community organizations. PCC and BSADD embrace service learning and volunteerism as powerful and meaningful approaches to education and community development. Both institutions are dedicated to linking student learners and volunteers throughout the five county service area.