|Inside Appalachian Community Fund|
I hope each of you is having an awesome August.
In the near future ACF will reveal the results and findings from our assessment as well as unveil our new website. YAY!!! I'm really excited about both!
With the launch of the new site we will also open the floor to our regional blog. So all of you bloggers out there, if you would like your writings about the region considered for our lineup, please contact me directly so we can discuss adding your voice.
In the meantime, I want to take this moment to celebrate and tell you about the amazing work that can happen, when you invest in grassroots organizing.
A Grant from ACF leads to a Major Victory
On April 26th, 2012, ACF awarded a $400 technical assistance grant to Melange for travel and organizing materials. They assisted in the organizing of a July 3rd Day of Action in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania called "Hands Off Appalachia!"
William Isom, II, founding member at Melange, said "technical assistance from Appalachian Community Fund [was] instrumental in spreading the campaign outside of our region. The exposure of people to the issue of Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining (MTR) and the provision of materials related to how urban dwellers, outside of Appalachia, can support the work of stopping MTR is a measurable step. We hope, in the next few months, that the campaign against UBS will begin to grow outside of our organization's work and that individuals around the US will begin shouting "Hands Off Appalachia!"" In 2013, Melange was awarded an additional $2,500 for establishing the Lexington arm of the campaign, a six-city March on UBS and actions in Connecticut.
And now, a while later, you see what a few folks were able to do and you see how a small grant laid the foundation, planted the seed and sparked a movement that resulted in victory.
Congratulations to everyone who made this possible!!
Read more about this victory for grassroots organizing here:
As always, thanks for reading. Thanks for sharing. And thanks for being a part of a community of readers who celebrate Change, not Charity in Central Appalachia!
Peace, love and light,
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News From the Region
Register for Our Water Our Future
Many communities in Appalachia, especially those in rural areas, are facing the impacts of high rates of youth outmigration: the loss of potential workers, business owners, community leaders, and parents of the next generation. The Appalachian Regional Commission's October 2014 Investing in Appalachia's Youth conference will focus on strategies communities can use to support Appalachia's youth and help engage and retain the youth population. Join your colleagues October 8-9 to learn how your community can invest in its youth to help build a stronger future. Registration will be available soon! Watch your email for more information or visit www.arc.gov for updates.
Conference sessions will focus on critical strategies for reversing youth outmigration, including:
* Targeting entrepreneurial programs to youth
* Engaging youth in civic leadership and organizing
* Preparing Appalachia's youth for tomorrow's jobs
Mountain Justice Fall Summit
October 25 - 27
The Mountain Justice Fall Summit will be held in West Virginia and will be an action-packed weekend of workshops, trainings and action in the heart of the Appalachian mountains. You will learn about Appalachian culture and history and the long tradition of resistance to strip mining and mountaintop removal mining. You will see mountaintop removal from the top of Kayford Mountain, the beloved homeplace of the famous "Mountain Keeper," the late Larry Gibson. Larry died protecting his mountain from mountaintop removal - now it's up to us to keep defending his home. At the Mountain Justice Fall Summit you will meet residents of the Appalachian Mountains and the Coal River Valley who are fighting to protect them, and the people who are standing alongside them. You will be taught about non-violent civil disobedience and direct action and how Mountain Justice and allied organizations are using these tools to directly confront the coal companies who are blowing the tops off America's oldest mountains. Mountain Justice is committed to peaceful, non-violent resistance to mountaintop removal. Everyone is welcome to attend. Students from across America will be there. You do not have to be an expert on coal or energy issues to participate - everyone who agrees to abide by Mountain Justice's non-violence policy and mission statement is welcome to attend the Mountain Justice Fall Summit. You will have the option whether to participate in a direct action, or in a support role, or not. There will also be several opportunities to do community service work on Kayford Mountain and in the local West Virginia communities impacted by mountaintop removal. For further details and to register click here.
Kentucky Appalachian Heroes
Stanley Sturgill and Bennie Massey
Please join us as we honor them for their commitment to civic engagement and social justice in Eastern Kentucky. Dinner will be served, music will be played and a good time will be guaranteed. The event will take place Friday, September 12, 2014, 7:00 - 9:00 pm at Eastern Kentucky Social Club located at
278 West Main Street, Lynch, KY 40855. It is open to the public. Suggested donation is $20 and a table for six only $100. Click here
for more information
The Brushy Fork Institute
Brochure and Online Registration Now Available
Preparation for the Annual Institute begins well in advance of September. The Brushy Fork Institute staff has been working since January to assemble a great stable of track presenters, add new and exciting early bird sessions, and brainstorm ways to better provide for your needs upon your arrival to campus. They're glad to announce that online registration is now live
, and you may download the brochure for detailed information about this year's event. The Brushy Fork Institute occasionally secures limited funding for participant scholarships through their grant partners. Visit their website here for more information about application requirements and eligibility guidelines. Download the 2014 Annual Institute Brochure.
You Don't Own Me!
The Birdhouse, 800 North 4th Avenue (at Gill)
On Thursday, August 21 at 6:00 - 8:00. Do you want Tennessee politicians making decisions about your body, your access to birth control, or your right to choose? Yeah, we don't either. So let's get together to figure out how to defeat Amendment One!. Tory Mills from Planned Parenthood will be there with information. Light refreshments but BYOB. And listen to some Rock and Roll from: Plant Parenthood, Cowboy Crisis (Atlanta), DJ Nijoli, Headface and the Congenitals, 100 Watt Horse (Atlanta). Learn more about Amendment One here.
15th Annual Hogskin History Day
The 15th annual Hogskin History Day, sponsored by 91.9 FM/WUOT and East TN PBS will be held Saturday, September 13 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Narrow Ridge Earth Literacy Center, 1936 Liberty Hill Rd, Washburn. Hogskin History Day is a
celebration of the history, music, and culture of the Hogskin Valley and surrounding Appalachian communities. This year's history theme will be local stores. We expect this year to be the most fun-filled, family-oriented festival yet. As always we'll provide lots of good local musical entertainment . We extend a special welcome to our young friends with plenty of games, crafts, cakewalks, face painting and bubble blowing. Delicious food, including homemade pizza from our cob oven, bean burritos, beans, cornbread, home baked goods and more will be available for purchase. In the afternoon we will offer free apple cider from our hand-cranked press using organic apples from the Narrow Ridge orchard. And yes, we will again provide free hand-cranked homemade ice cream on a first come first served basis. Tours of our "off the grid", environmentally friendly Narrow Ridge buildings and homes will be scheduled throughout the day. Local vendors and exhibitors will showcase crafts from old time wool spinning to jewelry and art utilizing recycled/repurposed materials. We'll hold a silent auction and give door prizes every hour. Hogskin History Day t-shirts will also be available for purchase. Admission and parking are FREE. For more information visit our website at www.narrowridge.org
or contact Mitzi at 865-497-3603 or email email@example.com
| | Grassroots Gathering Registration Open!
Virginia Organizing Registering for the 2014 Grassroots Gathering
On September 5-7 at the Blackstone Retreat and Conference Center in Blackstone, VA. Why should you come? Meet new people! The Grassroots Gathering brings together supporters from all over Virginia. Spend a weekend with like-minded organizers, activists, leaders, and members from across the state. Learn something new! You'll learn about the issues, tactics, and philosophies that make Virginia Organizing a strong grassroots organization. With a focus on the idea of POWER and the development of non-legislative campaigns, the Grassroots Gathering's workshops, panels, and speakers will address the growth of strategic partnerships, the path forward on immigration reform, expansion of voting rights, building successful local campaigns, and many other important questions. Have fun! With more down time this year, the 2014 Grassroots Gathering will provide opportunities to relax, talk with friends (and make new ones!), go swimming, or read a good book. The conference center has an indoor pool, basketball court, volleyball net and beautiful gardens. Come ready to enjoy yourself! Click here for a printable registration form. Click here to register online.
(Re)Visions of The Future: Public Sociology, Environmental Justice & The Crisis of Climate Change
4th Annual Public Sociology Conference
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 on October 18, 2014. 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. 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...
What's Next, West Virginia?
A Conversation Starter
The time is right for deep conversations about West Virginia's future; conversations that connect the good work that is underway, bring new voices into the mix, and encourage innovative thinking. What's Next, West Virginia? Is coming to a community near you. For regional workshop information click here.
You'll learn ways to:
* Connect what's happening in your area
* Reach out to involve new people
* Develop local coalitions
* Facilitate productive conversations
* Move from dialogue to action
Workshops are FREE, but registration is required.
True Story of Trish Bragg
Filmed in West Virginia during the summer of 2012 and starring legendary actress Theresa Russell, tells the story of Trish Bragg of Pie, in Mingo County, as she and her friends struggled for safe drinking water after a deep mine destroyed their wells. This film-festival favorite spans a decade, with an unexpected ending. "Moving Mountains" will premiere in West Virginia Thursday, August 21, at the WVSU Capitol Theater in Charleston, doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Tickets and more information here.
The HCA Foundation
Grant Application Procedure
The mission of The HCA Foundation is to promote health and well being, support childhood and youth development and foster the arts in Middle Tennessee. Focus areas for grant-making include: Health and Well Being: Their highest priority is serving as a leading foundation for organizations that promote health and well being. Programs that promote basic health and human needs such as healthcare, housing and food, as well as higher levels of mental and physical wellness can be supported through HCA grants.
Childhood and Youth Development: Their second priority is supporting organizations engaged in promoting positive growth and development in children and youth. They award grants intended to promote success in school, character development, responsibility, service and leadership.
Arts: Finally, the HCA Foundation will support arts organizations engaged in community outreach and educational programs that uniquely serve children and adults in the community. New applicants are asked to complete a preliminary one- to two-page letter of inquiry to the Foundation at Corp.FoundationsGifts@HCAHealthcare.com
to ensure that the proposed project, organization, and goals align with HCA Foundation priorities. Please describe the proposed project, its goals and objectives, and the approximate level of funding required. To be considered for a grant, please allow sufficient time (approximately 2 weeks.) for Foundation staff to review and follow up with the applicant organization. Read complete guidelines here
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
Job Opportunities in Central Appalachia
The Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED)
Seeks Development Associate
MACED seeks to hire a highly motivated individual to join its fundraising team. The position will support key elements of and participate in the development activities of the organization. The Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED) is a 38 year-old multi-strategy sustainable economic development organization that seeks to create economic alternatives that work for people and places in need in Central Appalachia and Kentucky. MACED's long-term goals are a strong and diverse economy; increased family well-being, particularly for low-income people; healthy and protected land, air and water; and an effective and accountable democracy. Read more here.
Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (SOCM)
Seeks a Communications Organizer
SOCM is seeking a Communications Organizer to work out of their headquarters in Knoxville, TN. SOCM is a 42-year-old grassroots community organizing group working for social, economic, and environmental justice in Tennessee. The Communications Organizer will use communications and community organizing tactics to further SOCM's mission and issue work. See the full job notice at www.socm.org. Applications are due to Interim Executive Director Linda Cowan at firstname.lastname@example.org by September 8th.
Kentuckians For The Commonwealth (KFTC)
Hiring Short Term Organizers and Data Entry Folks
KFTC a statewide grassroots social justice organization, is accepting applications for numerous short-term (through Nov. 8) electoral organizers and data entry specialists. Positions will be for 10-40 hours per week. Hiring for numerous locations around the state. Hourly rate of $13.20/hour. Must be committed to organizing for social change and to racial and cultural diversity. Access job description at www.kftc.org/jobs or 606-878-2161. Send a letter, resume and 3 references to email@example.com or KFTC: Hiring, PO Box 1450, London, KY 40743. Specify your location preference, your role preference, and your preferred number of hours per week.
Appalshop/WMMT Mountain Community Radio
The VISTA will work with WMMT staff to grow WMMT's body of work around food and health. The VISTA will increase partnerships with local and regional organizations doing work around healthy foods and health care, using WMMT as a hub (on-air, on the web, and physical events) through which to grow dialogues, spread resources and education, and host activities and events. The VISTA will also add capacity to WMMT's fundraising in food and health areas. WMMT is the non-commercial, community radio station of Appalshop, Inc., a not-for-profit multimedia arts and education center located in Whitesburg, KY. WMMT's mission is to be a 24-hour voice of mountain people's music, culture, and social issues, to provide broadcast space for creative expression and community involvement in making radio, and to be an active participant in discussion of public policy that will benefit coalfield communities and the Appalachian region as a whole. Read more here.
Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky
AmeriCorps VISTA position
The Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky, the local community foundation serving Southeastern Kentucky, is seeking candidates for an open AmeriCorps VISTA position to serve as the coordinator for a community initiative called InVision Hazard. InVision Hazard is a citizen-led downtown revitalization initiative to foster innovative, capacity-building experiments in local entrepreneurship and arts-led community development, including a community leadership institute that will engage young emerging community leaders. InVision Hazard is located in Hazard, KY (population 5,500) which is part of the federal government's southeast Kentucky Promise Zone designation. InVision Hazard also is taking part in the ongoing SOAR initiative that is focused on asset-based entrepreneurial approaches to revive the local and regional economies of Southeastern Kentucky.
Participants in the forthcoming leadership program, developed in partnership with Eastern Kentucky University, will design and launch their own small-scale entrepreneurial projects, several of which likely will take place in the city's River Arts Greenway space, located along the North Fork of the Kentucky River in the heart of Hazard's historic downtown. The Greenway site will incorporate landscape design, public art, and spaces for performance and temporary installations alongside community and ornamental gardens and a walking path. It also serves as Hazard's leading public space for social entrepreneurship and innovation.
This VISTA position will take part in and support the Community Leadership Institute, serve as a Network Weaver to catalyze active inclusive participation in InVision Hazard, and coordinate its entrepreneurial projects. The VISTA volunteer also will serve as InVision Hazard's Storyteller-in-Chief, charged with helping it to communicate and share learning effectively both within its own membership and among its diverse stakeholders across the local community and the broader region. Candidates may apply through the generic link to the opening here. Applications are currently open and candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. For all questions about the position, AmeriCorps VISTA or the community, please email Allison Tse at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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. Highlander is 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 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.
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.
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 Contributor. Any questions, please contact email@example.com
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.
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.
The League of Women Voters of Knoxville/Knox County
The League of Women Voters of 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 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 their Still Moving Mountains
CD and their Journey Up Coal River
Researcher for Journey Up Coal River - The 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. They 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 with 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 email@example.com to the attention of Heather. They also need a social media/communications intern.
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, they have exciting programs and issues for you. Please send your resume and a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about opportunities.
Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (SOCM)
SOCM has volunteer opportunities in their Knoxville office. Contact Casey at email@example.com 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 the 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 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 Arts Council
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.