January 2013
Inside Appalachian Community Fund!


12pm-2pm on Wednesday, 1/23

Many who know me realize I believe that creativity and the allowance of creative expression is a life essential. I love crafting and it's even more rewarding when shared with others.

Once a month this year, the staff of ACF and as many folks who want to join us at our Knoxville office, will be CRAFTING FOR CHANGE.

You do not have to be an expert. You don't have to have supplies. You simply need to want to sit and craft with other social justice folks who desire to take a couple of hours of a creative break that will make a little change.


We will be making greeting cards for some of ACF's most special friends. Bring any craft supplies you'd like to share. We'll have some supplies on hand if you're not stocked for sharing. We'll start at 12 p.m. with lunch and work until around 2 p.m.

The goal is to have lots of laughs and make as many cards as we can. We may take some photographs for sharing so be prepared (participation in photos is not mandatory, just wanted to give folks a head's up).


MARY EVA will be making cheese manicotti.

KATHY will make a salad.

MARGO will bring a dessert.

YOU bring what you like, just make sure to RSVP if you plan on eating with us, so we can make sure to fix enough. Mary Eva is taking RSVPs. maryeva@appalachiancommunityfund.org

ACF Accepting Board Nominations Through March 31, 2012

Are You a Mover and Shaker? Want to Support Grassroots Organizing in Central Appalachia?

ACF Wants You! ACF is recruiting new board members before the beginning of our next fiscal year in July 2013. We are looking for people who are committed to social justice in the region and who would be willing and able to make at least a two year commitment.

Our board of directors is made up of community leaders and residents of the four-state area in which we fund. Grantees, donors, allies, and board members make up the ACF network and community which helps guide our work and our community-controlled grantmaking.

ACF seeks to represent the central Appalachian region and its people in our board makeup. We seek to be inclusive of race, gender, sexual orientation, ability, age, and economic status. We also seek persons who understand and have a commitment to the movement for social change, as well as specific skills and experience that would add to ACF's organizational skills (program development, nonprofit administration, how to use social media for social justice, fundraising, board development, etc.)

We meet four times a year, rotating our meetings throughout our four-state region as well as via conference calls. January is our big meeting where the board decides which grants will be awarded from the General Fund.

If you or someone you know would be interested in serving our ACF's Board of Directors, please click here to fill out the nomination form. Instructions regarding how to submit your form can be found in the form. If you have questions about serving on the board, please feel free to contact Margo Miller at 865-523-5783 or email her at margo@appalachiancommunityfund.org.

The board will review and vote on submitted nominations in our Spring Board Meeting, so please submit your completed nominations forms by March 31, 2013.

Today is the Last Day to Reserve Your Spot in Our 25th Anniversary Commemorative Journal

Two Ways to Share

Click here to buy an ad to be featured in our commemorative journal.

Click here to share a story and/or photos of your Journey toward Justice with the Appalachian Community Fund.

News From the Region

EPA Releases Map of Fracking Activity

EPA Shares Preliminary Report

Click here to access Study of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing on Drinking Water Resources.

Responding to the Foreclosure Crisis in Appalachia: A Policy Review and Survey of Housing Counselors

Click Here to Access the Report

Abstract: Existing research on the foreclosure crisis tends to focus on national trends or on metropolitan areas. Few studies focus on rural areas, and none look at Appalachia in particular. Existing research on rural housing challenges suggests that rural communities face unique challenges in the wake of the foreclosure crisis due to capacity constraints, lack of qualified counselors in rural areas, and lack of funding availability. This study investigates the impact of existing policies upon Appalachian communities and households - analyzing whether communities suffering from widespread foreclosures lack the governmental and non-profit resources necessary to adequately utilize funding and other resources to respond to the crisis. We present findings from a survey of housing counselors serving the Appalachian region, which suggests that lack of federal funding is placing enormous strain on counseling agencies. These challenges often prevent them from getting distressed homeowners aid in a timely manner or help them to make modifications to their mortgages. Finally, we make policy and planning recommendations to target assistance to these and other rural and distressed communities suffering from foreclosures. Written by Jenna Rosie Tighe, featured in Housing Policy Debate, Vol. 23, #1, 2013.

Women's Health Justice

Read Our Bodies Our Selves: Winter 2012-21-3 Newsletter for more about cross-border surrogacy, congress' need for facts about women's health, attacks on reproductive health and more....

Call for Abstracts: Looking at Transformation in Appalachia

Appalachia Revisited: Cross-disciplinary Perspectives on Regional Continuity and Change
We request a Call for Abstracts of original, scholarly research across the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences that address the theme of "Appalachia Revisited." With revisited, we mean to highlight transformations in the Appalachian region and concurrent changes in the way Appalachia is approached as a topic of academic study. Our goal is to develop a cross-disciplinary examination of the cultural, technological, economic, political, and environmental processes that have shaped Appalachia approximately over the last twenty years. The objective of this project is the production of a peer-reviewed, edited book of approximately 80,000 words for publication through an academic press. Individual chapters will range 6,000-7,000 words. We invite abstracts of 450-600 words by March 1, 2013 that address Appalachia's connections to wider processes of transformation, including changes in theoretical and methodological approaches to regional scholarship. Above all, we welcome creativity in Revisiting Appalachia. Click here to review possible areas of inquiry, but we invite abstracts that transcend these boundaries or fit the theme in other ways.

Southern Cultures Invites Submissions on the Theme of "Southern Waters"

Submissions Accepted Through May 15, 2013
Southern Cultures, the award-winning quarterly from UNC's Center for the Study of the American South, strongly encourages submissions from scholars and other thoughtful writers from around the world for our special issue devoted entirely to "Southern Waters." We will be accepting submissions for this special issue now through May 15, 2013. We are interested in reflections on all aspects of Southern waters including music, navigation and mapping, disasters (from drought to flood), property (riparian rights to ownership), faith and cosmology, literature and art, drink, resource and energy (from hydroelectric to fracking), and more. Submissions on water topics such as Southern tears, beach music, bourbon and branch, river baptisms, drowning, resorts, borders, swamps, agriculture and aquaculture, fishing, etc. are all encouraged. To read our current issue, access our submission guidelines, and browse our content please visit: http://www.SouthernCultures.org/.

Solar Power Employs More People Than Coal

Installed Solar is Expected to Increase 44 Percent Over 2011

On November 14th, 2012, The Solar Foundation released its third annual National Solar Jobs Census report, which found that the U.S. solar industry currently employs 119,016 Americans. This figure represents the addition of 13,872 new solar workers and a 13.2 percent employment growth rate over the past 12 months. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the overall economy grew at a rate of 2.3 percent during the same period*, signifying that 1 in 230 jobs created nationally over the last year were created in the solar industry. The report, produced by The Solar Foundation and in partnership with BW Research and Cornell University, was released at the Interstate Renewable Energy Council's Clean Energy Workforce Education Conference in Albany, NY. Click here to read the report.

What Would Your Community Do With its Own Radio Station?

Hundreds of Frequencies Available
As early as October 2013, communities all across the country and especially in Appalachia will be able to apply for broadcast licenses. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the public to claim a spot on the dial to discuss issues that affect them the most and to amplify the voices of those not often represented by the media. The Prometheus Radio Project, along with their partners in the field, are helping community groups prepare for this application window and they want you to get your hands on the radio!

What does this mean for Appalachia? It means having coverage for local news and issues that affect both rural and urban areas. It means having an outlet for the rich diversity of music and culture that the region is known for. It means having life-saving information in emergency situations that is not dependent on internet or broadband technology. It means hundreds of available frequencies throughout the region - waiting to be claimed by your community!

The FCC will issue licenses for low power FM (LPFM) stations, which means they have an estimated coverage of 3-10 miles, depending on the terrain of the area. While it's micro radio, it can have a mega impact! And there's more good news - these stations are relatively inexpensive to get on the air! The licenses are only issued to nonprofit organizations, schools, churches, Indian tribes and public safety agencies, so if this sounds like you - get in touch with the Appalachian Community Fund or contact Prometheus directly. Prometheus can help answer your LPFM questions and help your group organize around this opportunity.

Here some materials that can be helpful for groups trying to get folks excited about talking about radio and the opportunity: http://prometheusradio.org/outreach-spread_the_word

Looking for An Alternative to the Traditional Spring Break?

Dates Announced for 2013 Mountain Justice Spring Break

Since 2007, Mountain Justice Spring Break has been offering students and young people an exciting, fun, low-cost alternative spring break in Appalachia. Mountain Justice Spring Break is a chance to learn more about how extractive industries like coal, hydro-fracking for natural gas and nuclear energy have sucked billions of dollars in resources from the land, while leaving behind environmental and social problems and a ravaged land.

We will spend a week cultivating the skills and visions needed to build a sustainable energy future in Appalachia. Through education, community service, speakers, hiking, music, poetry, direct action and more, you will learn from and stand with Appalachian communities in the struggle to maintain our land and culture. Mountain Justice Spring Break will also offer a variety of community service projects, Appalachian music and dancing.

  • Mountain Justice Spring Break in Virginia (March 2-10) will be held at the Community Center in the historic mining town of Appalachia. Nearby Black Mountain is being blasted right now by coal companies and you will see the effects on the forests, water, land and people. Coal trains rumble through this small community, which was once a thriving mining town. Click here for more information.
  • Mountain Justice Spring Break in West Virginia (March 10-17) will be held at a remote rural lodge in a county park surrounded by a winding creek and the beautiful rolling hills of West Virginia - and lots of fracking for natural gas. The lodge is modern and comfortable, easy to access from Interstates 77 and 79 and US 50. There are bunk beds for 90 people and hot showers, or you can camp in the park. Click here for more information.

Registration for MJSB is now live! Cost includes all food for the week, lodging and the programs. MJSB is suitable for student budgets!

Job Opportunities in Central Appalachia

Farm Manager Position Opening at Pine Mountain Settlement School

Applications Accepted Through January 24, 2013

Pine Mountain Settlement School has an opening for the position of Farm Manager.

The Farm Manager is responsible for the School's gardens, which supply food for Pine Mountain's dining hall. The Farm Manager cooperates with the School's food preparation staff to grow what the School needs for its dining operation. This position supervises and works on landscaping on the main campus, particularly in the orchard and around School buildings. The Farm Manager represents the School in area and regional setting. This position is full-time and includes benefits, including medical insurance. The Farm Manager will also be required to help with security coverage of the campus as part of the regular work week. Applications will be accepted until Jan. 24, 2013.

Applications may be sent via e-mail to office@pinemountainsettlementschool.com, or send via postal service to: 36 Highway 510, Pine Mountain, Kentucky 40810-8289, or brought to the office during the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Click here to read the full job description.

SOCM Accepting Applications for Organizer in Training

Part-time Opportunity to Learn About Statewide Organizing

Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment will be accepting applications for two Organizer in Training positions, with the goal of providing valuable statewide grassroots organizing experience for the chosen candidates. Applications are due by February 28th. Interested applicants should be familiar with SOCM's values and mission and have a strong commitment to social, environmental and economic justice. Top candidates will be able to demonstrate:

  • Leadership experience.
  • An ability to work with community members from various backgrounds.
  • A desire and willingness to travel extensively.
  • A desire to work long hours, nights and weekends in order to achieve campaign goals.
  • A valid driver's license and reliable transportation.
  • An interest in producing tangible results in terms of issue work and base building.

This will be a very unique opportunity to work with SOCM staff and members across the state. This is a part-time paid position (about 20 hours a week). Interested parties should send a cover letter and resume to Organizing Director Kazi Wilkins at kazi@socm.org.

West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition seeks Program Coordinator

Improve Local Food Access

The West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition is seeking a Program Coordinator to help develop, organize and sustain the rapidly expanding work of the Coalition. This position, though currently part-time, is designed to enable the right person to grow into a long-term core staff role in the Coalition. The Program Coordinator's main responsibilities will be to support the Coalition's Food and Farm Working Groups, facilitate its transition into a 501c3 nonprofit corporation, and support other ongoing activities such as partnership development, communications, event organizing, and policy work. Click here for details.

Fairness West Virginia Seeks Public Policy Interns

Applications for Summer 2013 Due April 1, 2013

Interns work in the Department of Public Policy and Government Affairs, which works to secure strategic public policy wins at the local, state and federal levels and to assist with implementation in order to ensure West Virginia's continued leadership in promoting and advancing equality and justice for all members of the LGBT community. Public Policy interns assist with all aspects of the policy program, including: Drafting and reviewing legislation, advisory memoranda, advocacy letters, talking points, testimony and other materials supporting federal, state, and local civil rights legislation and policies; Monitoring and analyzing legislation, regulations, and policies at the federal and state levels; Analyzing federal and state court decisions for their impact on LGBT families; Producing policy-related publications, training curricula, and other educational materials; Collaborating with other social justice organizations to promote equality for the LGBT community; Scheduling and occasionally attending meetings with legislators, administration officials or other coalition partners. Click here for more information.

Funding Opportunities

Citizens' Institute on Rural Design Issues RFP for Rural Communities Facing Design Challenges

Partnership of Federal Agencies and National Organizations Offers Workshop Funding, Technical Assistance, and Additional Resources

Today, the Citizens' Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) is issuing a request for proposals to rural communities facing design challenges to host local workshops in 2013. Successful applicants will receive a $7,000 grant and in-kind design expertise and technical assistance valued at $35,000. The Request for Proposals is on the new CIRD website: www.rural-design.org. The deadline for submitting a proposal is Tuesday March 5, 2013 at 5:00 pm EST. CIRD (formerly known as "Your Town") works to help rural communities with populations of 50,000 or fewer enhance their quality of life and economic vitality through facilitated design workshops. The program brings together local leaders, non-profits, and community organizations with a team of specialists in design, planning, and creative placemaking to address challenges like strengthening economies, enhancing rural character, leveraging cultural assets, and designing efficient housing and transportation systems.

The American Association of University Women Releases RFP

Deadline to Apply is January 15, 2013

Community Action grants provide funds to individuals, American Association of University Women (AAUW) branches, and AAUW state organizations as well as local community-based nonprofit organizations for innovative programs or non-degree research projects that promote education and equality for women and girls. Applicants must be women who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Nonprofit organizations must be based in the United States. Grant projects must have direct public impact, be nonpartisan, and take place within the United States or its territories. Special consideration is given to projects focused on K-12 and community college girls' and women's achievements in science, technology, engineering or math. Click here for more information.

Americorps State and National Grants Available for 2012

Deadline to Apply is January 23, 2013

The mission of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic participation through service and volunteering. CNCS -through its AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs and the Social Innovation Fund- has helped to engage millions of citizens in meeting community and national challenges through service and volunteer action. Please click here to read the complete Request for Proposals. This AmeriCorps State and National (AmeriCorps) Notice of Federal Funding Opportunity Notice (Notice) will focus grant making for fiscal year 2013 in six focus areas identified by the Serve America Act (SAA):

* Disaster Services
* Economic Opportunity
* Education
* Environmental Stewardship
* Healthy Futures
* Veterans and Military Families

Walk for Justice, Walk for the Future

Raise Awareness and Join Others in Taking a Stand for Appalachia

On February 1, 2013, a group of citizens will gather to begin a 13-day walk from Prestonburg to Frankfort, Kentucky. This journey from the coalfields to the capital is in support of the I Love Mountains Day event as well as to raise awareness of the destruction caused by mountaintop removal coal mining. This 5th annual Walk For a Sustainable Future is organized by FootPrints For Peace. The walk begins on February 1 and takes walkers through the coalfields and the Red River Gorge natural area, covering a total of 200 miles. The walk will conclude on February 14, just in time for the I Love Mountains Day event, hosted by Kentuckians for the Commonwealth. Click here for more information.

I Love Mountains Day Set for February 14th in Frankfurt, Kentucky

Kentuckians for the Commonwealth Seeks to Stop Mountaintop Removal

The movement to end mountaintop removal is large and each of us has a place in it. Some of us risk arrest, others share knowledge with children and church groups, still others attend rallies, write letters, make phone calls and more. It takes all of these pieces to make our movement whole. All of us are responsible for helping to save our land and protect our communities. Please join us on February 14, 2013 for I Love Mountains day to continue calling for an end to mountaintop removal and to ask our leaders to share a vision for the solutions that Kentucky so desperately needs. Help us call on Governor Beshear, our state legislative leaders, and even our leaders in Washington D.C. to serve the public interest by ending mountaintop removal and looking towards a clean energy future that can provide good, safe jobs and healthy communities. Please click here for more information.

Kentucky Parent Survey Results Released

What Kentucky Parents Think About Children's Health Behavior

The Foundation is pleased to release results from the 2012 Kentucky Parent Survey, What Kentucky Parents Think About Children's Health Behavior. This survey asked parents about their children's health behaviors. According to the National Survey of Children's Health, 37% of school age children in Kentucky are overweight or obese. Yet most Kentucky parents (76%) think their child weighs about the right amoung and a few (14%) think their child weighs too much. According to their parents, more than half of Kentucky's children (56%) are watching more than the maximum recommended amount of "screen time" per day. Screen time refers to time spent watching television, playing video games, surfing the internet. Similarly, most children (59%) drink soda or other sugar sweetened beverages each day. Click here to read the full report.


Grant Writing Workshop Offered in Nashville

CEU's and Learning Credits Are Available

The TN Alcoholic Beverage Commission and Grant Writing USA will present a two day grants writing workshop in Nashville, January 28-29, 2013. This training is for grant seekers across all disciplines. Attend this class and you'll learn how to find grants and write winning grant proposals. For anyone interested, additional information is found at this web link. Feel free to forward this to anyone that might be interested in learning how to write grants. Click here for more information. Cost for two day workshop is $425 per person. Contact Laura Bomar with questions, she can be reached via email or via telephone at 615-741-1602 ext. 129.

PlanET Wants You to Get Involved

Help Design Your Community

PlanET will move into its third series of public input activities in January, and we want to know "How do YOU want our region to grow?" By the year 2030, our five county area is projected to grow by 298,000 residents and more than 240,000 jobs. Where do you think we will all live, work and play? What are your priorities in determining where new transportation and housing options should be located? How can we preserve what you love about the region and grow in ways that make our communities stronger and more competitive?

From late January through mid-March, we will provide a variety of methods for you to share your input including online tools and small group discussions. Sign up for our popular Meeting in a Box tool that lets us bring the meeting to your civic organization, church or community group. With formats lasting 30, 60, or 90 minutes, we can tailor the length of the meeting to fit within your organization's regular meeting time. Please contact Sherith Colverson, PlanET Outreach Coordinator, at sherith.colverson@planeasttn.org or at (865) 661-3216 to learn more about the activity and schedule your meeting day and time. You can also visit their website at www.planeasttn.org.

Third Annual Mildred Haun Conference Set

for February 1-2

Free Workshops and Performances

Please come and join us Feb. 1-2 at Walters State Community College, Morristown, TN, for the third annual Mildred Haun Conference: A Celebration of Appalachian Literature, Culture, and Scholarship. The theme for 2013 is "Our Stories." Keynote speaker is Anne Shelby. The event includes two very special dramatic presentations, and FREE Writers Workshops. Jason Howard will conduct a workshop on memoir/nonfiction, Pamela Duncan on fiction, Jesse Graves on poetry, Anne Shelby on children's fiction, and Ted Olson on publishing. Special recognition reception to honor the life and work of Jeff Daniel Marion. Enjoy the songs and stories of Michael Reno Harrell, as well as the ETSU Old Time band under the direction of Roy Andrade. See www.ws.edu/mildredhaunconference for complete schedule and additional information. No charge, but preregistration is requested.


A Message From Virginia Organizing

How Will You Influence Legislation This Year?

January 9th marked the beginning of the 2013 Virginia General Assembly. If you remember last year, you might remember that there were some hard-fought battles on voting rights, immigration, health care reform, discrimination and much more. We won some and we lost some, but we will continue to fight for a more just Virginia for all people! This year, we are particularly interested in the issues of Health Care, Immigration, Predatory Lending, Uranium Mining, and Budget and Tax Reform. Virginia Organizing will also work in coalition with other state groups on other social and economic justice issues as they arise. Click here to view our legislative agenda for 2013. Take the time to call, write, and even visit your Delegate and Senator this session. Your voice truly makes a difference on these issues! Your representatives work for you and need to know what you think before casting a vote. On behalf of the Virginia Organizing State Governing Board, I offer my sincere thanks to all of your hard work to make Virginia better! Let's welcome the 2013 General Assembly session with enthusiasm and excitement to make change for all Virginians!


Sandra A. Cook


West Virginia

Community Meetings Set to Address Child Welfare in West Virginia

Your Input is Needed

The West Virginia Campaign to Raise Young Children out of Poverty will be hosting a series of "Our Children, Our Future" Community Planning Meetings around West Virginia in January. The purpose of these Community Meetings is to gather key local stakeholders (1) to discuss the issues affecting children in poverty in your county or region; (2) to learn about what others are doing around the state to respond; and (3) to plan for a Regional Forum later in the year. Interested individuals are invited to attend the initial community planning meetings. These are opportunities to help shape a local and statewide agenda around child poverty, and to also begin planning larger forums later in the spring.

  • Weirton/Brooke/Hancock areas - January 16 at 10am at Millsop Community Center, 3420 Main Street in Weirton. RSVP to hosts: Erin McDonald or Jim Boniey.
  • Buckhannon/Upshur/Braxton/Lewis areas - January 22 at 3pm at WV Wesleyan College. RSVP to hosts: Katie Loudin, kmcmurray@mountaincap.com, cjmbuc@cebridge.net.
  • Logan/McDowell/Mingo/Boone/Wyoming areas - January 23 at 3pm. Inquire about location when you RSVP to hosts: Reggie Jones and Lida Shepherd.
  • Cabell/Wayne areas - January 28 at 12pm at Lavalette United Methodist Church, located at 4623 Route 152 in Lavalette. RSVP to host: Jim McKay.
  • Fairmont/Mon/Marion/Harroson/Taylor areas - January 29 at 12pm at Disability Action Center, located at 102 Benoni in Fairmont. RSVP to hosts: Andrea Salina or Kent Spellman.
  • Kanawha - January 29 at 7pm at Christ Church United Methodist Church in Charleston. RSVP to host: shauna@ccumwv.org.
  • Fayette area - January 30 at 12pm. Inquire about location when you RSVP to host: Stephanie Tyree.
Faces of Fairness
Faces of Fairness

Check Out This Documentary from Fairness West Virginia!

Video Project Highlights Experience of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered People from West Virginia

Faces of Fairness is a multi-media project that brings greater visibility to the once hidden Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered community in West Virginia. The project also explores the numerous issues and inequalities that impact LGBT West Virginians across the state. This groundbreaking project is the first of its kind in West Virginia and is comprised of a touring photography exhibit, a documentary film, and a web-based archive. To date, Faces of Fairness had interviewed 14 LGBT West Virginians in 6 counties. The participants articulate the many issues that face LGBT West Virginians including second-parent adoption rights, medical benefits, hospital visitation rights, employment and housing discrimination, advocacy and political representation, transgender rights and protections, marriage equality, and bullying.

Currently West Virginia is the only state in the southern United States that has been able to defeat and defend against a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between one man and one woman. However, it is still perfectly legal in West Virginia to deny employment or housing to an LGBT person based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. It is also still legal to deny medical benefits to same-sex partners and their children.

Faces of Fairness presents the stories of real West Virginians who, despite facing legalized discrimination, choose to call the Mountain State their home. We ask every person we interview: "Why do you living in West Virginia? Wouldn't you want to move to a place that is more accepting?"

The resounding answer has been: "I'm a West Virginian, I can't imagine living anywhere else."

If you are an LGBT person living in West Virginia and are interest in participating in Faces of Fairness or would like more information on the project, please email media@fairnesswv.org.

WV Free Benefit Gala Set for January 23, 2013

Returning to Our Roots is the Theme

Join WV Free and friends on Tuesday, January 22, 2013, as they honor Sue Julian. Featured guests are Pat Hussey and Barbara Ferraro. The event will happen at the West Virginia Cultural Center Great Hall from 6:30pm-9pm. The cost of attendance is $50 and your meal is included. To order tickets or arrange a sponsorship please call the WV Free office at 304-342-9188. Live music will be provided by The Bark-o-Loungers.

Free Water Testing Available

Duke University Research Project Seeks to Identify Contaminated Waters

If you live in Boone, Fayette, Lincoln, Logan, Mingo, or Kanawha County, you may qualify for free well or spring water testing and $30. We need you! Field researchers from Duke University are testing private drinking water wells or springs in Southern West Virginia to find out which areas, communities, and properties are at risk for contaminated drinking water. Before field researchers collect samples from your well, you will need to answer several questions about the well and the property. Once the water samples are collected you will receive $30. You must meet certain requirements in order to qualify. If you would like to participate or get more information, please contact us toll-free at 1-866-264-7891.

See Who's Working for Change in Central Appalachia

Want to Learn More About Social Change Work in Appalachia?

Ways to Give


Consider your tax benefits when making a gift to ACF. All gifts are tax deductible according to Internal Revenue Service guidelines for charitable gifts.

Become an ACF sustaining donor by making an automatic monthly donation that fits your budget via our secure website or through your bank. A gift of $20 a month equals a cup of gourmet coffee a week.

EMPLOYER MATCHED CONTRIBUTIONS If your employer has a matching gift program, your gift to ACF can be doubled or even tripled in size. Your human resources/personnel office can provide you with a matching gift form. Simply complete the form and enclose it with your contribution. ACF will do the rest!

Have you considered establishing your legacy with ACF? There are many ways to establish a legacy gift at ACF that will provide benefits to you during your lifetime and impact the lives of future generations. For more information on how to join the Appalachian WILL Power Legacy Circle, visit our website. You may also contact Margo Miller at 865-523-5786 or via email at margo@appalachiancommunityfund.org.

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email margo@appalachiancommunityfund.org or by

phone 865-523-5783. 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.

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