Keep Moving Y'all!
Live Long and Prosper! Happy 2018!
Peace, love, and justice!
Margo Miller
Executive Director
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Out in the South Central Appalachia

The Out in the South: Central Appalachia Project and our LGBTQ Fund was fortunate to have the opportunity to attend a house party to our benefit in Boston on December 7th, 2017. We cooked a ton of delicious southern and Appalachian dishes, shared stories and song, and were able to share the stories of our successes & hardships to our allies in New England. We are thrilled to share that with the support of twenty-four generous donors, we were able to raise $3,330! 

Not only was it wonderful to raise funds for our collective work, but we had fun! If you're interested in hosting a house party for Out in the South, the LGBTQ Fund, or for your own cause, holler at us! We'd love to chat. 

Out in the South: Central Appalachia kicks off Phase 2 with a Regional Gathering at the Highlander Research and Education Center. There were over 31 people in attendance from four states representing many organizations across the region! We had so much fun! We learned a lot! And we continue to build our network, learn from and encourage each other as we address the issues that face the LGBTQ community in Central Appalachia.

Regional News

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
Spread The Word. Send Your Thoughts. A New Collection Is Underway...
Collection of Personal Narratives
Spread the word. Send me your thoughts. A new collection is underway...
Seeking submissions for a collection of personal narratives that address and complicate Appalachian identities. Interested in voices that challenge and enrich simplistic valorizing or demonizing images of Appalachia. Contributors might range from scholars to poets to farmers to fiddlers—anyone who can add a voice to create a more full chorus—at times dissonant, at times harmonic. 
Possible entry points: 
• intersection of Appalachian identity with race, gender, class, disability, sexual orientation; 
• journeys in and out of Appalachia; 
• relationship to work/labor as informed by Appalachian identity; 
• relationship between Appalachian identity and education,
• impact of stereotyping and misrepresentation. 
Direct questions to Meredith McCarroll at 


Helen M. Lewis Community Service Award

About the Award
Instituted in 2001, this award honors educator and activist Helen Lewis. In 1969, Lewis taught the one of the first known courses in Appalachian Studies at Clinch Valley College (now University of Virginia at Wise). Lewis shaped the field of Appalachian studies by emphasizing community participation and challenging traditional perceptions of the region and its people. Her contributions to the region, including her activist work with Appalshop and The Highlander Center, are recorded in a collection of Lewis’s writings and memories, Helen Matthews Lewis: Living Social Justice in Appalachia (2012).
Nominations, due by January 31, should include a statement regarding the individual or
organization’s specific contributions to the region or its people, accompanied by at least
two letters of support.

Chair of the Selection Committee
Sandy Ballard, Belk Library, Box 32026, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC 28608,
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
About Nothin' Nice
Nothin’ Nice is the story of a young man forced to confront issues of environmental racism and its impact on his family and community. Raised in the “Lower Nine” or “Ninth Ward”, a community ravaged by toxicity, Lonewolf faces the destruction of the women in his life and discovers his own ability to accept the challenge of leadership. With the guidance of his uncle, a former Civil Right activist; his mother, who is battling cancer; and the young woman who is the mother of his child, Lonewolf learns to accept his role as a Generation X freedom fighter. Musical references allude to the Civil Rights Movement.

This production is part of an original series that has been funded by the Roy Cockrum Foundation in celebration of The Carpetbag Theatre's 50th Anniversary in 2019; a foundation which enables theaters to reach beyond their normal scope of activities and undertake ambitious and creative productions.

Jan 25 - Jan 27
The Square Room
Knoxville, Tennessee
Doors at 7. Curtain at 7:30.
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Meet the author, Jeff Goodell
Hosted by Appalachian Voices
We know that melting icecaps, caused by climate change, are causing the world’s oceans to rise. But for those of us who don’t own beachfront property, it may be hard to fathom the consequences of a few feet of water. Still, recent extreme weather events like Hurricanes Sandy, Harvey and Irma have given some U.S. cities a hint of what might be in store. That’s the realization author Jeff Goodell came to when he visited lower Manhattan in the aftermath of Sandy.

“One way to think about this is as a kind of dress rehearsal for sea level rise,” says Goodell. “I mean, imagine this kind of water coming in and instead of just spending a couple of hours there and going out, the way it did with Sandy, it stayed in.”

That thought led Goodell to travel to a dozen countries to document sea level rise from the front lines. The result is his new book, ‘“The Water Will Come.”

Join Appalachian Voices for a discussion with the author.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
7 PM - 9 PM
Light House Studio at Vinegar Hill Theatre
220 West Market Street
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
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West Virginia

Join us for a House Party this February 10th where we'll honor the West
Virginia Trainers Project's first graduates with awards, eat some pie from a
top-notch pie action, listen to live music--and raise the scholarship funds
for 2018 that will help a growing number of West Virginia organizers make
use of this program.

Can't be there in person but want to support the project?
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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.
For more information
Job Opportunities 
Appalachian Sustainable Development is hiring a 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.

Apply Here
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