Boys Nation alum named to volunteer service commission

A Boys Nation alum and counselor has been appointed to serve on a bipartisan commission on volunteerism and service in West Virginia.

Blake Humphrey, a junior at West Virginia University, was appointed to the Volunteer West Virginia Commission by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. Humphrey will serve a three-year term on the commission, which manages the state’s AmeriCorps program and provides more than $4 million of federal funding to nonprofits across West Virginia.

At a time when so many young people are leaving the state, Humphrey wants to inspire his peers to roll up their sleeves and play a hands-on role in creating the next generation of West Virginia.

“As I join the Volunteer West Virginia Commission, my hope is that we can empower young people across the state to serve in their communities,” Humphrey said. “By connecting our young people with West Virginia, they will realize our state has such tremendous potential, and they can help play a part in our state reaching its fullest potential.”

Humphrey, a native of Wheeling, W. Va., attended Boys Nation in 2013. He has been a member of the Mountaineer Boys State staff since 2014 and the Boys Nation staff since 2015. He is also a member of the Sons of The American Legion.

At West Virginia University, Humphrey has been involved in student government, planning and implementing service projects and other special projects to help the community.

As a former member of the West Virginia University Student Government Association's Board of Governors, Humphrey worked tirelessly to advance college and textbook affordability. Additionally, Humphrey is working with the West Virginia University Office of Finance and Administration on designing a personal financial education program, “BlueToGold,” to help students expand their knowledge of personal finance and make decisions that optimize their financial well-being.

“I'm passionate about West Virginia because I see our state's best days ahead of us,” Humphrey said. “We are going to reach our fullest potential by investing in our state's greatest resource – our people. I've always believed in helping people and solving problems, and I hope to be able to do that for West Virginia in the years to come.”