February 2012
Inside Appalachian Community Fund

Appalachian Community Fund Seeking Grantees

Now's the time for change!

With emblazoned legislators arguing for and against basic civil rights such as marriage equality and bullying issues, and more and more individuals standing up for gay rights (Thank you Martha Boggs owner of Bistro at the Bijou in Knoxville!), now's the time for change! ACF invites you to learn more about the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Questioning Initiative fund. Click here for more information.

The mission of the Appalachian Community Fund is to build a sustainable base of resources to support community-led organizations seeking to overcome and address issues of race, economic status, gender, sexual identity, and disability. As a community-controlled fund, ACF offers leadership to expand and strengthen the movement for social change through its practices and policies. The GLBTQ Initiative is designed to support organization building, strengthening Gay and Lesbian Community institutional resources, and capacity building for GLBTQ organizing efforts.

ACF currently has money available to grant. You have to be a non-profit organization or have a non-profit sponsor to apply for funding. Money is available and it's waiting on you. Now's the time for change!


Amy Hubbard, Development Coordinator

Did You Know?

Mammoth Cave in south central Kentucky is the world's longest known cave system, with more than 390 miles explored. Early guide Stephen Bishop called the cave a "grand, gloomy and peculiar place," but its vast chambers and complex labyrinths have earned its name -Mammoth. Click here for more information about Mammoth Cave.

Employment Opportunities

Highlander Research and Education Accepting Applications

Development and Communications Coordinator Sought

The Highlander Research and Education Center is an 80-year old popular education center that works with grassroots groups in Appalachia and across the U.S. South to promote social and economic justice. 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. Highlander is now accepting applications for a Development and Communications Coordinator. This person will lead the work of the Development and Communications team, ensuring Highlander has a dynamic fundraising program with a diverse and robust funding portfolio that ensures a sustainable revenue stream for the organization. Please click here for more information about this position.
Tribe One Taking Applications for Executive Director
Start Date March 2012
Tribe One is a social purpose enterprise serving inner-city youth by using a screen-printing business to fund its educational youth programs and offer workforce development for young adults. Founded in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1991, Tribe One empowers youth to make informed choices about the path of their future by exposing them to a variety of options available to them. Tribe One is looking for an Executive Director to work from its Knoxville, TN office beginning March 2012. Click here for more information.

Appalachian Stewardship Foundation Seeks Executive Director

Part-time Position Available

Appalachian Stewardship Foundation (ASF) is a nonprofit organization that helps mitigate and remedy the devastating impacts of energy development across Appalachia. ASF is now accepting applications for Executive Director to lead and manage ASF's day-to-day operations, including serving as primary point of contact for ASF communications, managing the grant-making process, traveling throughout the Appalachian region to meet with stakeholders and conduct site visits, advising the Board of Directors and its Executive Committee (collectively, "Board") on grant applications, when appropriate opening an ASF office, and supporting the ASF Board as requested. Please click here for more information about this position.

News From the Region

Hike Bad Branch Falls

Clinch Coalition Sponsors Hike

Join Clinch Coalition and friends for a hike at the Bad Branch Falls State Nature Preserve in Letcher County, KY. The hike will happen February 18th, 2012 at 11am. The 2,639-acre preserve protects the scenic beauty of a forested gorge with a 60-foot waterfall tumbling over sandstone cliffs on the south face of Pine Mountain, and is home to one of the largest concentrations of rare and uncommon species known in Kentucky. Click here for more details, call Chris at (276) 639-8185 or email clinchcoalition@lpoy.org for details about carpooling or for more information.

ASALogo 35th Appalachian Studies Association Conference

Join ACF and Others in Understanding Appalachia

We're very excited about the 35th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference! This year's theme is "The Wide Reach of Appalachia" and the event will take place March 23-25, 2012. Si Kahn is the featured guest and Indiana University of Pennsylvania will host the event. Click here for the preliminary program. Follow these links to learn more about Si Kahn and the Appalachian Studies Association:

CCPHLogoCommunity-Campus Partnerships as a Strategy for Social Justice:
Where We've Been & Where We Need to Go
Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) is convening our 15th Anniversary Conference, April 18-21, 2012 in Houston, Texas. This conference seeks to nurture a growing network of community-campus partnerships that are striving to solve our most pressing health, social and economic challenges. Held at a pivotal time in the history of CCPH and the community-campus partnerships "movement," the conference promises to be our best yet as hundreds of community members, faculty, staff, students, funders and policy makers from around the world convene for 4 days of skill-building, networking and agenda-setting! Please click here for more information or to register for this event.

The Southern Environmental Law Center has released their fourth-annual Top 10 Endangered Places in the Southeast. Click here to see what areas are facing endangerment due to development, water issues and the environmental impacts of mountaintop removal and hydraulic fracking.


The Last Mountain will be showing on February 17-19 in Cincinatti, Ohio and February 23 and 25 in Greeneville, South Carolina. Click here for more details.

DoSomethingAwardDo you Know a Young Activist?

Nominate Your Favorite Young Activist by March 1, 2012

Five winners will receive a minimum of $10,000 in community grants and scholarships. One winner will be selected as the grand-prize winner and will receive a total of $100,000 in community grants paid directly to the nonprofit of his or her choice. All winners have the option of receiving $5,000 of the total money awarded in the form of an educational scholarship. Click here for more information.


Nominate an Activist from Your Town Today!

Nominations Due February 20, 2012

Today an Indian grandmother is standing up to corporate greed and government harassment to assert the sovereign rights of the Western Shoshone. A 30 year-old Latina is giving low-wage immigrants the tools they need to fight for decent affordable housing. A brave woman is working with her sisters to haul their Georgia town out of its racist past and into the 21st century. And a former corrections officer is welcoming parolees back to their old neighborhood to rebuild their lives and their community. They are among thousands of extraordinary men and women are working to fix what's broken in America. Since 1988, through a nationwide search and nomination process, the Petra Foundation has identified these and other unsung heroes who deserve recognition for their distinctive contributions to the rights, autonomy and dignity of others. If you know a grassroots leader please submit their nomination for a Petra award. If you know of others who might make a nomination, please spread the word. Click here to read more about past winners or to read the criteria for nomination.



Health Impacts of Mountaintop Removal Are Harmful and Costly

Kentuckians for the Commonwealth Offers Fact Sheet

Volumes of scientific evidence and data illustrate the harm to human health from exposure to dust and numerous toxins released to the air and water by surface mining. In the last two years alone, peer-reviewed studies by Dr. Michael Hendryx and others have demonstrated that:

  • People living near mountaintop mining have cancer rates of 14.4% compared to 9.4% for people elsewhere in Appalachia;
  • The rate of children born with birth defects is 42% higher in mountaintop removal mining areas;
  • The public health costs of pollution from coal operations in Appalachia amount to a staggering $75 billion a year.
Click here to access the fact-sheet from KFTC.


Highlander Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Award to be Presented at Conference
The National Folk Alliance will present the Highlander Research and Education Center, Harry Belafonte and Robert Johnson with a lifetime achievement award at NFA's annual conference on February 22, 2012. Congratulations to all those who have been a part of the Highlander experience. Check out these web sites for more information: www.folkalliance.org and www.highlandercenter.org
Task Force Seeks to Protect Minority Youth
Community Input Needed
The Blount County Disproportionate Minority Confinement Task Force invites you to help balance the scales of justice for all youth of Blount County. The DMC Task Force is a statewide task force sponsored by the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth that consists of concerned citizens from across the state who meet quarterly. Emerging data from the juvenile justice system confirms that African American youth are being detained disproportionately when compared to non-minority youth. The DMC Task Force is reaching out to community members, school personnel, the faith-based community and political leaders to explore the problem and generate solutions. Workshops are scheduled for February 17th from 4pm-8pm and February 18th from 9am-12pm at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center (located at 209 East Franklin Street in Alcoa, Tennessee). Please RSVP to Ms. Sissy Ferguson (865-983-1954) or Mrs. Donna McClendon (865-250-2002).

Why Does Local Food Sources and Outdoor Space Matter?
Come Find Out at Eat Play Live Knoxville!
Eat Play Live Knoxville is a conference organized by the Knox County Health Department and the Knoxville Food Policy Council to help people become directly involved in local food sources and active outdoor spaces in support of their own healthy living. The event is scheduled for March 10, 2012 from 8:15am to 2pm at the L&N STEM Academy (located at 401 Henley Street in Knoxville, Tennessee). Topics include:

* Grow Food Yourself: Options for your space
* Outdoor Action: Active neighborhoods and safer streets
* Farm to Fork: Local farm choices

A light breakfast and lunch will be provided along with easy-to-use participant gifts. There will be a screening of the movie FRESH the night before at Relix Variety Theatre. This event is FREE but has limited space. You must be registered to attend, please click here to register.

New Legal Resource for Tennesseans
Improving Access to Justice for Tennesseans
Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services and the Tennessee Bar Association joined together to develop a website to answer civil legal questions for anyone whose household income in less than 250% of the poverty level. These questions are then reviewed and answered by pro bono attorneys, who in return receive the Continuing Legal Education credits. The goal of this project is twofold: to increase access to justice for low-income Tennesseans, particularly in rural areas and to remove barriers to attorneys providing pro bono services. TALS is a statewide non-profit organization that seeks to build partnerships to support the delivery of effective civil legal services for low-income and elderly Tennesseans. TALS is committed to increasing equal access to justice across Tennessee. TALS is an alliance of the federally-funded legal aid programs, independent providers of civil legal services, and supporting agencies in Tennessee. Visit http://www.tals.org/ for more information.

Petition for Living Wage Gathers 325 Signatures

University Must Respond by February 17, 2012

The University of Virginia Living Wage Campaign is threatening action at the University of Virginia. Supporters of the living wage want a guaranteed wage of $13 per hour, opportunity for advancement, means to file grievances without retaliation, and formation of a task force that will be a resource for employees. Follow the link below to view articles about this developing story.

The Daily Progress
Living Wage at UVA
Living Wage Action

Earth Contest Accepting Submissions of Essays and Visual Art

You Could Win $50

John Muir wrote, "In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks." The Clinch Coalition invites people of all ages to tell or show us how being outdoors benefits your health, happiness and wellbeing. This contest invites you to share an original work of art about a favorite outdoor activity. All entries must be received by March 30, 2012. Click here for guidelines and good luck!

West Virginia


Hawks Nest Showing in West Virginia

Exploring Industrial Disaster in West Virginia

Join other concerned citizens for a special Black History Month event at The West Virginia Culture Center. On February 19th from 3pm-5pm award winning filmmaker Mari-Lynn Evans will present the PBS documentary project "Hawks Nest: Blood Beneath Our Feet." Special speakers and musical guests will be there to explain and entertain. Call 304-521-7444 or visit www.hawksnestfilm.com.

West Virginia - Summer Action Camp May 18-25

Mountain Justice Spring Break Virginia
Mountain Justice Spring Break Virginia
Sludge Safety Project
40 Years of Black Water: From Buffalo Creek to Today

Save the date! From 2 - 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 25, Sludge Safety Project is hosting a memorial for the victims of sludge/blackwater. Forty years ago this February, 125 people died in the blackwater flood of Buffalo Creek. Since then, scores of families, in communities such as Prenter and Rawl, have lost loved ones to cancer and other ailments they blame on sludge-contaminated water. On February 25, we will memorialize those lost to blackwater. Whether you know someone who has died or simply think that all people have a right to safe, clean water, we invite you to join us at this event. Email info@sludgesafety.org or call 304-574-1684 to get more information.

Great Resources for Organizers and Activists
$15 - Robin Hood Was Right: A Guide to Giving Your Money for Social Change
By Chuck Collins and Pam Rogers with Joan P. Garner

$15 - We Gave Away a Fortune

By Christopher Mogil and Anne Slepian with Peter Woodrow

$15 - You Can Do It!

A Volunteer's Guide to Raising Money for your Group in Words and Pictures

By Vicki Quatmann

$7 - Si, Todos Podemos! The Spanish edition of You Can Do It!

By Vicki Quatmann, Translated by Maria Pedro Bruce

$15 We Make Change; Community Organizers Talk About What They Do - and Why

By Kristin Layng Szakos and Joe Szakos

Click here to download an order form.

About Us


Birthday Time for ACF!

Now Is Your Chance to Get Involved

Happy Birthday to the Appalachian Community Fund! We are looking forward to celebrating the last 25 years of bringing Change, Not Charity to Central Appalachia.

You can help us convene grantees, organize house parties, collect stories and revel in the successes and victories of the good fight. There are many ways that you can join the party:

  • Participate on our Host Committee! We'll be gathering folks from Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia to help us plan our silver anniversary.
  • If you are a grantee, former board member, former volunteer or employee - send us your story! How has ACF helped, motivated or carried you through in the last 25 years?
  • Volunteer to host a house party! Doesn't that sound like fun?
  • Provide resources for our ongoing celebration. Resources can include financial support, artist services, transportation, food/beverages and the list goes on!

Please contact Amy - amy@appalachiancommunityfund.org to get involved or for more information. Thank you for your continued support of ACF and Central Appalachia. Here's to another 25 years of Change, Not Charity!

Mission Statement
The Appalachian Community Fund funds and encourages grassroots social change in Central Appalachia. ACF works to build a sustainable base of resources to support community-led organizations seeking to overcome and address issues of race, economic status, gender, sexual identity, and disability. As a community-controlled fund, ACF offers leadership to expand and strengthen the movement for social change through its practices and policies.
25 Years Working for Social Change
Since its founding in 1987, ACF has awarded over $5 million for community organizing and social justice work to more than 300 grassroots organizations in Central Appalachia. Out motto - Change, Not Charity - reflects our vision to support social change organizing and our conviction that, by networking and partnering with organizations working to address the root causes of social, racial, economic and environmental problems facing Central Appalachia every day, we can create more just, equitable healthy communities with opportunities for every one. ACF has had a significant impact in our region. Please visit success stories and current grantees to find out more.

Appalachian Community Fund
507 South Gay Street
Suite 1120
Knoxville, TN 37902
865-523-5783 phone
865-523-1896 fax

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