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Out in the South Central Appalachia
We're planning a series of free fundraising trainings for LGBTQ Appalachians!

The Out in the South: Central Appalachia team has been working hard to build on the expertise shared from you all last year to offer fundraising trainings and more opportunities to connect, learn & share resources!

How can you learn more about a free fundraising training? 

Complete a quick survey so we can keep track of who is interested, and to give you a chance to identify specific skills or needs in your community. 
Click here to complete the survey
February's Grantee Highlight!

West Virginia Training Project 

The West Virginia Trainers Project supports organizers in West Virginia to gain the training and facilitation skills necessary for our social and economic justice organizations to be effective. Created by and for West Virginia organizers, The Project meets a critical need in our Southern state where few home-grown skill-building opportunities for organizers exist.
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Regional News

 The Stay Together Appalachian Youth Project

The Stay Together Appalachian Youth Project is holding its 3rd annual Appalachian Love Week Fundraiser the week of February 12th-18th. Make the STAY Project your valentine this year by making a donation to support 10 years of youth organizing in Appalachia! You can also participate in the Appalachian Love Week by sharing your #AppalachianLoveStory on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter www.thestayproject.com
Story Circle at Highlander Center
Join Highlander for a night of exploring well-known and hidden stories about black folk from Highlander's founding until now with Andre Canty. Andre will share stories about Civil Rights in the 50's and 60's, Black Power in the 70's, and Afrocentricity in the 80's and 90's. Other topics of discussion will be centered around Apartheid and the purpose of Black History Month. Everyone is encouraged to share their own story about the history they are making or want to make.

Bring your appetites, stories, and history.

Dinner will be provided for free for the first 30 people who register.

Please contact Brandi Augustus for registration information: Brandi Augustus

Please contact Andre Canty for program information: Andre Canty
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Virginia House Republicans Pass Sanctuary Cities Bill
A sanctuary cities bill was passed even though the governor of Virginia has vowed to veto the bill.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the sanctuary cities bill initially failed Tuesday on a 50-50 deadlock. However, the vote against the bill by Del. Gordon Helsel was apparently a mistake and, on the second try, the bill was passed 51-49 on party lines.
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A Safe, Sober And Inclusive Space For Youth In The Mountains 
Boone Youth Drop-In Center 
The Appalachian Media Institute (AMI) at Appalshop is proud to announce the opening of the Boone Youth Drop-in Center at the Boone Building in downtown Whitesburg, Kentucky. Since opening their doors in October they have hosted numerous workshops, screenings, meetings and events which have reached upwards of 50 youth in their small community. Recent offerings have included a free weekly photography course, painting parties, arts workshops with local artists, a weekly film club, and more! The drop-in center is open to youth aged 14-25 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays with additional hours during weekend workshops and events. To learn more about upcoming events or to get involved, please visit the AMI online calendar and follow them on Instagram and Facebook.
Visit AMI website
West Virginia
High Rocks 
2018 Celtic Knot 5k/10K 

Start your St. Patrick's  Day festivities off right with High Rocks! The Celtic Knot 5K/10K is a time honored tradition of Lewisburg, WV. Run or walk 5 kilometers or 10 kilometers through the streets of downtown Lewisburg, following our signature course which is fashioned after a Celtic knot. Your participation will support High Rocks and the programs available to young people at the Hub youth center. There is also a 1K option for children under 10. 

Check-in for the race begins at 8:30am in front of Carnegie Hall and the race starts at 10am. Register online by following the link below to our online registration form.
Funding Opportunities In Central Appalachia

The Unitarian Universalist Association is accepting applications for the Spring 2018 Cycle of its Fund for UU Social Responsibility.

Part of the Unitarian Universalist Funding Program, the fund awards grant of up to $20,000 (average grant amount is $8,800) to UU organizations in the United, Canada, and Mexico for projects that increase the direct involvement of UUs in service, advocacy and/or community organizing efforts designed to create justice in the larger community; link Unitarian Universalists with the larger community; and foster a generosity of spirit and action.

Priority will be given to new programs and those at a point of significant growth. Additional preference is given to work focused on social and economic justice.

To be eligible, applicants must be a UU organization based in the U.S., Canada, or Mexico

See the UUA website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

Apply Here

Learn about Available POWER Initiative Funding at ARC's 2018 Regional Workshops

Join the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) at a free workshop to learn about available funding to help Appalachia's coal-impacted communities diversify and strengthen their local economies through the POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) Initiative. Workshop attendees will learn about the objectives of the 2018 POWER Initiative, which organizations are eligible for funding, and how to develop a competitive funding proposal. The workshops will also provide information on the latest research about coal-impacted communities, case studies about successful POWER investments, and networking time for participants. 

Workshops are open to community leaders, industry representatives, and economic development officials, as well as representatives of nonprofits, educational institutions, local governments, and other interested organizations. The workshops are free; registration is required. The workshop program will run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.
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Job Opportunities 
Appalachian Sustainable Development is hiring
Part-time grant accountant

ASD is an equal opportunity employer. Benefits for the position will include pro-rated holiday, paid time off and health stipend. This is an exciting opportunity to join a great team! ASD’s mission is to transition Appalachia to a more resilient economy and a healthier population by supporting local agriculture, exploring new economic opportunities and connecting people to healthy food.

Our vision is that the health of all segments of the population in the region improves and that sustainable agriculture and land use are driving forces in the regional economy.

Please click below to get full details.

All Access EKY Application
All Access EKY is now accepting applications for our Spring 2018 Semester! We are hiring youth producers to create multi-media stories about reproductive healthcare access in eastern Kentucky.

All Access EKY is a partnership of Appalshop, The Kentucky Health Justice Network, and Power to Decide, supported by the Educational Foundation of America. Together we are leading a project that works with ten Southeastern KY counties to build support for programs and services to ensure young people have access to the full range of contraceptive methods. Studies have shown that when young people have access to and correct information about birth control and reproductive health, as well as the opportunity to make decisions about their future, reductions in unplanned pregnancy are sure to follow.
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Shop With Your Kroger Card
Did you know you can supportAppalachian Community Fund (ACF) in your community  just by shopping at Kroger? It's easy when you enroll in Kroger CommunityRewards®! To get started, sign up with your Plus Card, and select Appalachian Community Fund. Once you're enrolled, you'll earn rewards for ACF every time you shop and use your Plus Card! To use your Kroger card to support ACF.
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