May 2014
Inside Appalachian Community Fund

Happy May everyone!


As we wrap up our annual assessment, we hope you can join the ACF staff and board at one of our Gatherings in June.


The Gatherings will offer opportunities to network, share learnings from the field, hear different perspectives, and think strategically about the future of ACF and the ways it supports social change and social justice work in the Central Appalachian Region.


At the Gatherings we will:

  • share the information gathered from the Assessment conducted by ACF over the past several months;
  • engage in conversations about how to most effectively use what we've learned to further refine and define the role of ACF as a supporter of social change work;
  • discuss a special initiative being considered by ACF for future funding strategies;
  • share food and fun!


West Virginia/Virginia 


June 19, 2014

12-4:00 p.m.

1114 Quarrier St, Charleston, 3rd
Floor Charleston, West Virginia


June 12th




June 28, 2014

10:30-3 p.m.

Birdhouse, 800 N. 4th Ave 

Knoxville, Tennessee


June 21st


The Gatherings will be small so RSVP early to ensure participation!

RSVP to patricia@appalachiancommunityfund.org or call 865-523-5783


I hope you can join us! 


As always thanks for reading. Thanks for sharing. And thanks for being a part of a community of readers that celebrate Change, not Charity in Central Appalachia!


Peace, love and light,


Executive Director




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eAppalActions, make sure to send your information to Patricia Jones, patricia@appalachiancommunityfund.org, before the 15th of each month. 


The Intersection of Arts and Activism
The 6th Annual All Together Arts Week
May 17-24
All Together Arts Week (A.T.A.W) across Mercer County, West Virginia is an observance and celebration of our thriving arts community, including visual, literary, healing and performing artists, arts presenters and arts patrons and enthusiasts. The mission of the event is to showcase the vast landscape of arts activity and to unite the various artists and arts groups that exist across the county and surrounding areas. Click here for Information about the May 17 Kick-Off Event and May 24 Parade. Click Here for The Full ATAW Schedule.


Appalachian Queer Film Festival

Lewisburg, West Virginia
Born of one simple idea, to bring queer film to Appalachia and West Virginia, the Appalachian Queer Film Festival (AQFF) has grown into a concrete representation of hard work and perseverance. After months of planning and preparation, the AQFF is slated to be the premiere film festival in West Virginia. The AQFF will make its home in Lewisburg, West Virginia, a small, hip, historic town in the Greenbrier Valley. In 2011, this quaint 3500 person artist colony town was voted the coolest town in America. AQFF is excited to not only share great films with the people of this region, but also to share the people with great filmmakers.They are a filmmakers festival-founded by filmmakers, organized by filmmakers and programmed by filmmakers. AQFF hope is that filmmakers will use this unique opportunity to connect with other filmmakers, show their work to an audience who otherwise go unnoticed, and develop an appreciation and respect for the people, culture, and landscape of this historic region. Many outside filmmakers may have negative preconceptions about West Virginia. AQFF want to show these outsiders the beauty of our region and its people. On the other hand, many Appalachians may have little exposure to queer films or filmmakers. For them, AQFF wants to break down any negative preconceptions or stereotypes by introducing them to fascinating queer artists and films and providing the opportunity for them to be moved by their work.
Job Opportunities in Central Appalachia
Appalachian Voices
Appalachian Voices is seeking two bright, motivated AmeriCorps members to join their team in 2014-15! One member will serve as associate editor of The Appalachian Voice publication, and the other will help protect clean water and promote energy efficiency in North Carolina through education and outreach projects. Application deadline is May 23! Read more here.
Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (SOCM)
Community organizer 
SOCM a statewide, multi-issue, multi-racial community organization working for social, economic, and environmental justice in Tennessee, is seeking applications for two community organizer positions. These two community organizers (to be based in middle and east Tennessee) will work with members in chapters on local issues and in issue committees on statewide campaigns to help set strategy, build leadership, carry out work plans, and move campaigns forward. SOCM is committed to anti-racism work and to organizing that builds greater racial diversity. Positions require some fundraising, extensive writing, and ability to travel throughout the state. Application deadline is June 10, 2014. Please see www.socm.org for a full job notice.

The Highlander Research and Education Center

Education Team Administrative Support

The Highlander Research and Education Center is an 81-year old popular education center that works with grassroots groups in Appalachia and across the U.S. South to promote social and economic justice. We are located 25 miles northeast of Knoxville, Tennessee on a 186-acre farm and work in local communities as well. Highlander's long and proud history includes cutting edge work with labor education and organizing, the Civil Rights Movement, environmental justice in Appalachia, and more recently, changing demographics of our region. Widely acclaimed as a leadership development center for grassroots activists across race, culture and generations, Highlander is world-renowned as a beacon for progressive organizing.

Overview of position: This staff position will provide administrative support to Highlander's Education Team, which works together to plan, carry out and evaluate the movement and capacity building educational work of the Highlander Center, and in particular to our Appalachian Transition Fellowship Program. The Appalachian Transition Fellowship www.appfellows.org is a program designed for emerging community leaders committed to working in Central Appalachia for the economic transition of the region. These fellows will be placed in host communities that are working in in partnerships across the sectors of education, non-profit, business, philanthropy and government. To read more click here.

The Highlander Research and Education Center
Workshop Center Job Openings
This position is hourly and scheduled on an as-needed basis. This person will be a member of Highlander's Workshop Center Team. This team works together to carry out the responsibilities of Highlander's Workshop Center and other facilities at Highlander. To read more click here.

RESIST is Hiring 

Director of Administration and Finance
RESIST is one of the oldest funders of grassroots organizing and action in the United States and they are expanding our team to include a part-time director of administration and finance. 
The director of administration and finance oversees all activities related to RESIST's finances and administration. These include managing the budget, accounting, audit, taxes, staff payroll and benefits, investments, and information technology. All RESIST staff members participate in our political education activities and our collaborations with other organizations; create and review written materials and electronic communications; serve on the board of directors (after six months of employment); and perform general office tasks. This is a half-time position (20 hours per week) with a salary of $32,500 and excellent benefits. Read more here.
Volunteer Opportunities

Appalachian Sustainable Development

Clerical support - answering phones, filing, general administration.  We do not have a receptionist so we would love to have a group of volunteers who are interested in doing scheduled stints during the week.


Summer: ASD has a garden located at a food pantry in Abingdon, VA.  Monday mornings and Thursday afternoons we have opportunities for folks to help out in the garden with harvesting, watering, weeding, and doing general garden maintenance.  Alternative times can also be scheduled should folks be interested in this type of work.


Late Summer: Each year we update our Local Food Guide with current data for farmers, restaurants, retailers, etc.  We could use volunteers to help us reach out to those who are currently in the food guide to ensure the data we have is accurate.  This would consist of communicating via email or phone to obtain the data and then entering it into our database.


My Life Project 

DAWG is a statewide organization which needs assistance to make sure their website reflects the issues of the entire state. They are looking for volunteers throughout West Virginia to contribute to their website as part of their My Life Project. If you do not live in West Virginia, but would like to contribute to their website anyway please contact them to discuss it. For details on requirements, expectations, perks and to apply to be a contributor visit My Life ContributorAny questions please contact info@wvdawg.org.



Summer 2014 

Melange is looking for spanish language support in Morristown, Tennessee. They are looking for volunteers to translate documents, resources and flyers from English into Spanish. They are also looking for factory workers outreach to distribute materials to industrial parks and factories within the three  industrial parks of Hamblen County, Tennessee (Spanish-speakers encouraged, but not required). Melange also has volunteer opportunities in Eastern Kentucky research and mapping. Researchers needed in support of video documentation in specific communities in Letcher, Leslie, Knott, Martin, Breathitt, Perry and Pike Counties of Eastern Kentucky. Volunteers should have a working interest in African American history and issues around mountaintop removal coal mining.


Centro Hispano

As Centro Hispano keeps growing, more and more students come. Centro Hispano is always in need of volunteers to help us with ESL, GED, basic literacy, elementary and middle dchool classes. Let's keep HELPING FAMILIES REACH THEIR DREAMS. Please click here or call (865) 522-0052 for more information. 


Greeneville Farmers Market

Volunteers are needed for, community outreach, help with special events, grant research and writing, and other areas. For more details click here.


Appalachian Prison Book Project
The Appalachian Prison Book Project
A nonprofit organization that sends free books to women and men imprisoned in six states. The Project receives hundreds of letters each month from individuals in prison who are looking for reading materials. Volunteers respond to letters, collect and organize donated books, fundraise, and do community outreach. For more information, contact Katy Ryan kohearnr@mail.wvu.edu. View website here.

The League of Women Voters for Knoxville/Knox County

The League of Women Voters for Knoxville/Knox County is seeking volunteers for the following: observer corps (observe and report on public meetings such as city council and county commission); special events (assist with the planning and implementation of League events); and, voter services (help plan candidate forums and/or register voters). If you are interested in learning more please email league@lwvknoxville.org. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan, political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. For more information please visit www.lwvknoxville.org.


Rose Center Council for the Art 

Rose Center Council for the Arts is a volunteer driven, not-for-profit organization, and needs your help! Whether you have just a few or many hours to give, whether your talent is for leadership or operations, there is a role for you. A few of the volunteer opportunities available are board of directors, rose service build, artist advisory council and student advisory council. Call 423-581-4330 or click here for all the details. 


Aurora Lights 
Aurora Lights has volunteer opportunities that can be done at a distance. For more details click here or call 304-986-5608. Here are a few activities:


Outreach and Advertisement for Aurora Lights' CDs (Moving Mountains and Still Moving Mountains) - They are in need of someone to help with advertise their CDs and educate others about the interactive lesson plan linked to our Still Moving Mountains CD and their Journey Up Coal River website.


Researcher for Journey Up Coal River - Our Journey Up Coal River website is a great tool for learning more information about the various effects of mountaintop removal mining. Unfortunately, some of the information on this site is outdated and newer research is available. We need someone to help them update the website with new research and information to keep the site current and informed.


Content Creator for Rain Barrel Workshop Brochures - Aurora Lights will be teaming up with Keeper of the Mountains Foundation, the WV Clean Water Hub, Coal River Mountain Watch, and Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition to host rain barrel workshops for communities affected by the Elk River chemical spill. They would like to create an informational brochure with instructions on how to build an easy-to-use rain barrel and information on the benefits of creating a personal rain catchment system.


Kentucky Environmental Foundation
Video Production Intern  

Kentucky Environmental Foundation is looking for an ambitious and creative intern (within the continental United States) for our digital video production unit internship. You will be working closely with our team and surrounded by creative professionals. They have ambitious plans, so if you have an entrepreneurial spirit and love digital video production please apply. They are looking for someone to assist us with our digital video production.  If you're interested in applying, please send your resume, cover letter and the internship you are applying for in UNZIPPED files. Please include any examples of your work in an e-mail to heather@kyenvironmentalfoundation.org to the attention of Heather. They also need a social media/communications intern.

Narrow Ridge

Orchard Maintenance

Narrow Ridge welcomes volunteers to assist in orchard maintenance (including mulching and clearing the perimeter) and/or the early phase of labyrinth construction on Wednesday, May 28 from 10 am to 4 pm. Volunteers are asked to wear suitable work clothes and to bring work gloves and a sack lunch. For more information, contact Mitzi at 865-497-3603 or community@narrowridge.org.  

American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia 

The ACLU of West Virginia welcomes volunteers interested in helping us protect civil liberties. Whether you're an attorney who is interested in working as cooperating counsel, a law student or college student seeking an internship, or a concerned citizen who wants to make a difference, we have exciting programs and issues for you.  Please send your resume and a cover letter to  mail@acluwv.org to inquire about opportunities.


Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (SOCM)

SOCM has volunteer opportunities in their Knoxville office. Contact Casey at casey@socm.org or 865-249-7488 for more information.

Administrative Support -Mailings, publications, membership items, scanning, archiving, researching, etc.

Graphic Design Support - Help the communications director with graphic design work. Help lay out quarterly SOCM Sentinel, design postcards and flyers for events, and design other publications. The content will always be provided. You would need to have your own design software.

Help Archiving Resources (including digitizing VHS tapes) - After 42 years in existence, SOCM has a WEALTH of information. Help archive  resources so SOCM can make their history and work more accessible to the public. Digitize videotapes so they can be shared. If you have the equipment to digitize videos, SOCM needs you!

Join the statewide Issue Committees: E3 (Energy, Ecology, and Environmental Justice), Social Justice, and Green Collar Jobs. Work on a great, thorough campaign that can lead to lasting change in our state. Committee members attend monthly conference calls and occasional face-to-face meetings. Members work with the committee chair, the SOCM organizer, and other committee members to strategize and move the work forward. Be a part of something special by joining a SOCM Committee!  


Owsley County 

Homesong Play: musicians, actors, directors, videographers, costume design and stage design-Now until July 4th, 2014. Contact Molly Turner at (606) 593-7296 or Glenn Baker at (606) 560-3313.


Owsley County Arts Council, Owsley County Action Team, Promise Neighborhood, and Owsley County School District have the following volunteer opportunities:


Theater Preservation Project, fundraising for a theater - Now through - TBD.

Contact Sue Christian at (606) 493-7565.


Destination Imagination Programming: actors, actresses (Drama), engineers and fundraisers.

Contact Glenn Baker at (606) 560-3313.

Funding Opportunities
Grassroots Environmental Campaign Funding Opportunity 
Patagonia funds only environmental work. They are most interested in making grants to organizations that identify and work on the root causes of problems and that approach issues with a commitment to long-term change. Because they believe that the most direct path to real change is through building grassroots momentum, our funding focuses on organizations that create a strong base of citizen support. They support small, grassroots, activist organizations with provocative direct-action agendas, working on multi-pronged campaigns to preserve and protect our environment. To find out if your work fits within our guidelines, take the eligibility quiz. If you qualify, you may proceed to the grant application form here. To read full grant description and guidelines click here.
Social Movements and Food Systems

Post-College Fellowship 

The Real Food Challenge (RFC) Fellowship Program is a unique opportunity for recent college graduates to gain first-hand experience in building a social movement.  Through this 14 month program, fellows engage in intensive projects on a regional or national level while also honing their leadership skills and food systems knowledge through our participatory learning curriculum and engaged fellowship community. Fellows come away with direct campaign and organizational experience, new professional and movement networks and a toolbox of relevant movement-building and organizational skills.  At the same time, they support important student-led efforts to shift millions of university dollars away from industrial agriculture and toward just, sustainable food enterprises. Click here for information. 

Arcus Foundation Requests Proposals for Forums to Promote Dialogue on LGBT Equality and Ape Conservation

Leading Global Foundation Advancing Pressing Social Justice and Conservation Issues

The Arcus Foundation announced the formal launch of Arcus Forum, a series of public conversations to encourage dialogue on a range of issues related to the Foundation's work on LGBT rights and ape conservation. The forums will feature speakers and content intended to serve as a vehicle for informing and nurturing advocates, and increasing visibility for leading actors and thinkers working to advance justice in society and in nature. 
While Arcus will determine some topics, speakers and content, the Foundation will also invite proposals from organizations and advocates to either be featured in the series or to collaborate or co-create a forum. The Foundation is currently welcoming proposals from advocates and organizations for events to take place in New York City during the first half of 2014. The first of next year's forums is expected to take place in March. Interested organizations and advocates may learn more about submission guidelines and submit a proposal online here
Appalshop's Seedtime 
June 6 - 7
Seedtime on the Cumberland is Appalshop's annual summer festival celebrating Appalachian people, music, arts, and culture with old time and mountain music, films and much more.  The 2013 Festival, scheduled for June 7-8, will be the 27th annual Seedtime, and will be held on the Appalshop grounds in downtown Whitesburg, Kentucky. To find out more visit www.appalshop.org
Playthink Movement and Flow Arts Festival
June 12 - 15
PlayThink is a celebration of art, sustainability, music, performance, FLOW, and life itself. The PlayThink Movement is an inclusive, participatory, community and family oriented culture of vitality, fun, and well-being, rooted in the belief that each of us has the power to re-shape our own experience mentally and physically to live life to the fullest. The PlayThink Festival offers an atmosphere of magic, letting you experience dance parties, circus camp, and four full days of play just for you and yours. Inspiring playshops, presentations, and discussions will be led by some of the best known flow arts regional instructors. Musicians, dancers, artists, and lovers of life will converge in Berea, Kentucky with their full range of unique talents offering a wide range of life enhancing skills and thoughts. This festival is awesome and very popular, in a beautiful location at HomeGrown HideAways near Berea, Kentucky. To read more visit www.playthinkfest.com
Mountain Justice Summer Camp
June 14 - 20
2014 will be the 10th Annual Mountain Justice Summer Camp on beautiful Pine Mountain in Kentucky at the wonderful and wacky place called Wileys Last Resort. Pine Mountain (elev. 2900 ft) is one of the most beautiful and biologically diverse mountains in Appalachia, and it has numerous hiking trails, mountain views, wateralls, rare and endangered plant species, black bears and gorgeous forests. The mountain laurel will be in bloom during the camp and there is an abundance of wildflowers on the mountain. The Mountain Justice Summer camp will feature nine days of workshops, trainings, learning about coal mining and mountaintop removal and Appalachian history and culture. Our summer camp site overlooks a huge mountaintop removal mine on nearby Black Mountain. Evenings will feature music, films, bonfires and dancing with mountain and traditional Appalachian music. For more information visit www.mountainjustice.org.
Whippoorwill Festival
The Whippoorwill Festival - Skills for Earth-Friendly Living
July 10-13, 2014  
at HomeGrown HideAways near Berea, KY 
2014 Workshops and Music announced!
The Whippoorwill Festival celebrates our Appalachian heritage and traditions while helping prepare our minds and bodies for a future world of climate change and a decreased supply of resources. Together we are building a community and working towards creating a society that will be more resilient in the face of these challenges. The Whippoorwill Festival features over 75 earth-friendly workshops, tent camping, food and guest speakers, plus a community campfire, folk and traditional music plus contra dancing on Saturday night. To support the local economy, the Whippoorwill Festival features booths and displays from local artists and craft workers from Berea, Kentucky's artisan capital. The Whippoorwill Festival is low cost - $20 per person per day advance purchase, which includes all workshops, music and evening entertainment, breakfast and dinner - lunch is on your own - and tent camping. Children 16 and under are free. For more information click here.

Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence
The Senator Tommy Burks Victim Assistance Academy  
The Senator Tommy Burks Victim Assistance Academy is a project of the Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence. The Academy is a comprehensive basic level training designed for victim service providers. The goal of the Academy is to improve services to crime victims by enhancing the knowledge and skills of victim advocates. This week-long session will offer a Tennessee-specific 40-hour curriculum modeled after the National Victim Assistance Academy. The 2014 Academy will take place June 9-13 in Chattanooga, Tennessee on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The Academy will begin with registration on the afternoon of Sunday, June 8 with courses beginning Monday, June 9. To read more about this event and other events click here.

Confronting Class: Harnessing Our Diverse Class Strengths for Social Justice
A Retreat for Activists and Organizers

Join Class Action and other social change activists at the Highlander Center June 13-15 as we take a journey through deep and engaging explorations of the varied solutions to common group problems used by activists of different classes. Drawing on the skill-sharing of participants and the cutting-edge research from Betsy Leondar-Wright's new book, Missing Class: Strengthening Social Change Movement Groups by Seeing Class Cultures, participants will gain valuable insights to take back to their group and coalitions. Do you or your organization have experience with or models of successful cross-class movement building? Join us in a skill-share. For more information click here.


New Opportunity School for Women  

Now Accepting Applications in East Tennessee

The New Opportunity School for Women (NOSW) in East Tennessee is now accepting applications for its first summer residential program, which will be held on the Maryville College campus July 13 through August 2. The school is designed to improve the educational, financial and personal circumstances of low-income women in the Appalachian region. There is no cost to the women who are selected for NOSW. Do you know women who would benefit from this program? Please urge them to apply. Offer to be a reference. Eligible women are between the ages of 30-55 and live in any county of East Tennessee. Applicants should have a high school diploma or GED, a strong desire to get out of poverty and other oppressive circumstances, and a willingness to work toward further education and improved employment. Participants begin the program with three weeks in residence at Maryville College, July 13-August 2, an intensive period of learning, lifeskills, job readiness, college readiness, and rebuilding self-esteem. There is no cost to the women who are accepted. Download the application here and for more information click here.


Call For Papers 

The 4th Annual Public Sociology Conference will be held on October 18, 2014 at George Mason University, Virginia. The graduate students of the Public Sociology Program at George Mason University organize an annual conference that critically engages contemporary social problems with diverse publics. This year's conference engages the robust field of environmental justice and the contemporary crisis of climate change. They invite papers and session proposals-from students, scholars, practitioners, policymakers and activists, alike-that focus on the social impacts of environmental changes and the ongoing and emerging efforts to shape and reshape the future. To view the flyer click here. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Environmental Racism, Sexism, & Classism
  • Political Ecology (or Economy) & Climate Change
  • Human Landscapes & Consumption
  • Cities & the Sharing Economy
  • Weather Events and Disaster Recovery
  • Immigration, Security, & Risk
  • Sustainable Development & Environmental Activism
  • Indigenous Social Movements & Nature Rights
  • Public Sociology, Pedagogy, and Practice
  • And more...
West Virginia
2014 Civic Life Institute Connecting People to Public Issue
West Virginia Center for Civic Life
West Virginia Center for Civic Life
Register Now
June 4-5 at the University of Charleston
Why should I attend? The 2014 Civic Life Institute will focus on effective, inclusive ways to help people talk and work together on issues that affect the quality of life in West Virginia. What you learn at the Institute can apply to a wide range of public issues facing your community.
What will I learn? You'll explore effective public practices for: Organizing community discussions, facilitating productive discussions of public issues, moving from community dialogue to action, and networking with others who are building connected communities.
You can register online here. The $95 registration fee includes all materials and meals. A limited number of scholarships are available based on need. Contact us for more information. Questions? For more information click here or Contact Betty Knighton at 304-344-3430 or knighton@wvciviclife.org. 
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