eAppalactions November 2011
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| Inside ACF |
7th Annual Bluegrass and Barbeque Fundraiser
A very special thanks to those who joined us in celebrating and strengthening work for social justice in Central Appalachia! Over 75 attendees delighted in performances by Hope DeBates and North Forty, enjoyed delicious food and made contributions to support our efforts in Central Appalachia. ACF raised upwards of $23,000. Bluegrass and Barbeque took place on October 18th at The Sky Lounge in New York, New York.
Michael Ward shows off his Bluegrass and Barbeque t-shirt.
left: Darryl Cannady tells guests about Central Appalachia.
right: Margo loves on long time Host Commitee members Bruce Whipple and Michael Ward.
| ACF Announces New Development Coordinator|
Welcome Amy Hubbard!
The Board of Directors of the Appalachian Community Fund (ACF) is proud to announce the inclusion of Amy Hubbard as Development Coordinator.
Amy comes to ACF with a background in the non-profit sector through the Actors Co-op, a 501(c) 3 organization, which she co-founded in 1997. Through her work with the Actors Co-op, Amy learned all facets of the non-profit world starting from the ground up. Her attraction to theatre has always been about developing a better understanding of the human condition through the experience created by the performance and the audience.
Most recently, Amy has been working in social media, event planning and a bit of politics. A natural ability to connect and organize people for a common goal is a primary strength that Amy brings with her to ACF. Originally from Kentucky, Amy has lived in East Tennessee over 20 years and is committed to preserving Appalachia and improving the quality of life in the region. Amy has two young daughters who motivate and expand her world view on a daily basis.
As Appalachian Community Fund nears its 25th Anniversary in 2012, Amy is excited about developing existing relationships and creating conversation to enrich and support the Fund. The Appalachian Community Fund is a grant making resource for grassroots organizations working to change systemic economic, racial, environmental and social inequity in Central Appalachia including Eastern Kentucky, Southwest Virginia, East Tennessee and all of West Virginia. ACF has awarded over $5 million to more than 300 organizations over the past 24 years. To make a contribution to ACF, please click here to email Amy Hubbard or visit our website and click on the "Donate Now" button.
Funding Available for Obesity Prevention in Eastern KentuckyWe're looking for new partners!
The Appalachian Community Fund is pleased to join with Shaping Kentycky's Future Collaborative
to make grants available to organizations seeking to improve the health of Eastern Kentucky communities. Eligible organizations include community-based charitable organizations and governmental entities. These grants of up to $8000 each will be provided to support projects that have the potential to help children and families in Eastern Kentucky make healthy choices that can prevent or reduce the risk of obesity. We are particularly interested in projects that address opportunities for policy, systems and environmental changes that lead to sustainable change. Please be aware that we are unable to fund capital construction, fund-raising or lobbying with these grants; they are also not intended to pay direct costs of providing food or physical activity, except as part of a demonstration of a new way to provide care. Online and paper proposals must be received in the ACF office by 5pm on December 6, 2011. Click here to download guidelines and an application.
| ACF Celebrates 25 Years in 2012!|
We need your help!
Please consider joining our planning committee and help us celebrate 25 years of social justice work in Central Appalachia. Get in touch with Amy Hubbard
and let her know how you'd like to get involved. We look forward to celebrating with you in 2012!
| Check Out This Great New Resource For Social Justice |
Margo recently traveled to Detroit to participate in the Equity Summit sponsored by PolicyLink (see photo to the right, Margo Miller with Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder and CEO of PolicyLink). PolicyLink is a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity by Lifting Up What Works.® Founded in 1999, PolicyLink connects the work of people on the ground to the creation of sustainable communities of opportunity that allow everyone to participate and prosper. Such communities offer access to quality jobs, affordable housing, good schools, transportation, and the benefits of healthy food and physical activity. Guided by the belief that those closest to the nation's challenges are central to finding solutions, PolicyLink relies on the wisdom, voice, and experience of local residents and organizations. Lifting Up What Works is our way of focusing attention on how people are working successfully to use local, state, and federal policy to create conditions that benefit everyone, especially people in low-income communities and communities of color. We share our findings and analysis through our publications, website and online tools, convenings, national summits, and in briefings with national and local policymakers. Our work is grounded in the conviction that equity-just, fair, and green inclusion-must drive all policy decisions.
| News from the Region|
PlanET Hosting Community Forums
PlanET is a regional partnership of local governments, economic development agencies, non-profit organizations, and citizens working together to address the long-term need for the sixteen cities, four towns, and many communities in Anderson, Blount, Knox, Loudon, and Union Counties.
The community forums are open to everyone. Participants will be asked to share their perceptions of strengths and challenges presently facing their communities. Job growth, housing, transportation, clean environment, and community health will be discussed. The forums are an opportunity to have a voice in the long-term success of the region. Sessions will be held in each of the five counties comprising the region and residents from all areas are welcome to attend any and all meetings. Each forum is two hours and fifteen minutes long and doors will open thirty minutes before the meeting starts. To learn more about PlanET or the community forums visit them at www.planeasttn.org
or call 865-215-2500
- Wednesday, November 16 at 6:30 - STEM Academy, Haslam Commons (800 Worlds Fair Park Drive, Knoxville, TN 37902).
- Thursday, November 17 at 6pm - Loudon County Technology Center (4380 Harrison Road, Lenoir City, TN 37771).
| Kentucky Department for Health Launching New Childhood Obesity Prevention Campaign |
5-2-1-0: Healthy Numbers for Kentucky Families
At the Healthy from the Start conference on November 3, the KY Department for Public Health had a soft launch of the new childhood obesity prevention campaign. The numbers stand for: 5 or more fruits and vegetables each day; 2 or less hours of screen time; 1 or more hours of physical activity; and 0 sugary drinks. These messages will be disseminated to pediatricians, early child care centers and WIC clinics. A website will be available in December. Hour-long webinars will feature Christopher F. Boling, MD, FAAP, Fran Hawkins, and Tal Curry from the Kentucky Department for Public Health. The following topics will be covered in the webinar: evidence anchoring the campaign, the new Institute of Medicine guidelines on obesity prevention and treatment, and the use of new Kentucky-specific materials to provide simple, focused messages to families.
- Monday, December 5, 1-2pm. Click here to register.
- Tuesday, December 6, 8-9am. Click here to register.
- Wednesday, December 7, 6-7pm. Click here to register.
Call for Proposals
The 16th Statewide Conference on LGBT equality and social justice is convening in Louisville, Kentucky from March 30 - April 1, 2012. "Come Together, Move Forward" is now accepting proposals of programs, presentations, workshops, and caucuses, the deadline to submit is January 1st, 2012. Come Together Kentucky is a conference for college students, high school students, and community members who want to learn more about LGBT identity, social justice, overcoming bullying, and changing the world around them. The week-long program will instruct, encourage, and invite you to reach for and achieve your goals and aspirations as an activist in the LGBT political, social, and educational movement in Kentucky.
The Fair Shake Network in West Virginia will hold their next membership meeting on November 30, 2011. Click here
for more information.
Valley Dismantling Racism Workshop
The workshop will be held on Saturday, November 19th, from 10am-1pm. Call 434-984-4655 for more information.
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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. Our 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 Appalachians every day, we can create more just, equitable, healthy communities with opportunities for everyone. ACF has had a significant impact in our region. Please visit success stories and current grantees to find out more.