October 2014
Inside Appalachian Community Fund

October has had a very busy beginning here at ACF.

We started the month with our fall board meeting. Several folks stopped by to meet and greet our board of directors. We had a perfect potluck dinner with yummy food and folks seemed to enjoy time getting to know one another.

Then we headed to New York for our 10th Annual Bluegrass and BBQ benefit. We honored West Virginia Native Scott Widmeyer with the National Appalachian Hero Award for his commitment and dedication to educational development. A room full of folks came out and showed their support. We had a wonderful time.

Now we are back in the office, putting the final touches on last year's impact assessment that we hope to release before the end of this calendar year.

Last week, we released our call for proposals. Letters of Inquiry are due November 17th. Hopefully everyone got the email blast with links to the instructions and LOI coversheet.

If you didn't get the email you can always download the information from our ...... OUR NEW WEBSITE IS DONE!!!!

That's right! After months of anticipation, we have launched our new website.

That means we need bloggers to help populate our bi-weekly regional blog. We want to blog about what's going on in the social justice world in Central Appalachia.

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.

On our new website you will also find several new sections like the photo and media gallery, funding history maps, and the regional calendar. If you are a grantee and would like to share your videos and photos, please send them to me so we can get them uploaded into the gallery. If you would like something posted in the calendar, contact Patricia Jones and she will be happy to get your information posted.

All right, I've got to get back to work. I'll be reaching out to you all again real soon. I hope you have a wonderful rest of your October!

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 justice,


Executive Director


Please remember, if you have something you would like to include in eAppalActions, make sure to send your information to Patricia Jones, patricia@appalachiancommunityfund.org, before the 15th of each month.


Appalachian Community Fund LGBTQ Survey
Take the Survey Today

If you have not yet filled out our survey for organizations working with the LGBTQ community, please take a moment to do so! The survey is 15 questions, and ought not take more than a few minutes. The results of the survey will be used to help us get to know LGBTQ activists and their work in our region, grow our LGBTQ Initiative, and to think strategically about our own efforts. Please respond by November 17th. Access the survey here.

For questions or more information, please contact amyj@appalachiancommunityfund.org.

Funding Forward 2015

Call for Proposals

The Funding Forward planning committee is excited to announce that they are now accepting session proposals! They've got an engaged group of sharp funders ready to plan a productive and fun few days in Atlanta. But in order to create the best possible Funding Forward, they need your participation. This is your opportunity to share your ideas and work with the planning committee to craft a session that helps funders connect with each other and maximize impact. The submission process is designed to be simple. They don't need your ideas to be fully baked. They'll help you bake them! Details and instructions for submitting a proposal are available here. Feel free to contact Kristina Wertz, Director of Engagement, at kristina@lgbtfunders.orgif you have any questions or want to talk out your session proposal. They're looking forward to hearing your ideas!

Fairness West Virginia Institute's 2014 Conference & Gala: Bring It Home
Register Today
Fairness West Virginia Institute is dedicated to education and advocacy on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) West Virginians and their allies. It presents its annual conference and gala each year in November to draw attention to notable achievements made by Fairness supporters across the state during the previous year. This year's event will be held in Charleston on Saturday, November 15. The daytime conference will take place at the Charleston Civic Center and the evening gala will be held at the beautiful West Virginia Culture Center at the State Capitol Complex. Final details will be sent out a few days beforehand; in the meantime, please stay tuned for upcoming event emails and to our website at fairnesswv.org. Please save the date if you haven't already to help Bring It Home! The daytime conference will take place at the Charleston Civic Center and the evening gala will be held at the beautiful West Virginia Culture Center at the State Capitol Complex. To read more and register click here.
Funding Opportunities
Artists Engaging in Social Change
Surdna Foundation
The Surdna Foundation is now accepting proposals for one- or two-year support to extraordinary artist-driven projects as part of its Artists Engaging in Social Change funding area. All artistic disciplines will be considered, including cross-disciplinary work. The request for proposal (RFP) is open to both 501(c)(3) organizations and individual artists and culture bearers, but artists and collectives that are not incorporated as 501(c)(3)s must apply under a fiscal sponsor. Through this RFP, Surdna will support compelling projects that artists develop in response to their communities' specific challenges, and will also fund the projects of artists whose long-term, deeply-rooted work has increased social engagement without necessarily being explicitly defined as "activist." Proposals will be accepted between September 15 and November 12, 2014. Surdna staff, with support from outside experts, will present recommendations to the Surdna board and final decisions will be made in early April, 2015. The Foundation believes this process will allow to make considered investments in artistic practices that focus on engaging and reflecting communities. Application guidelines are provided here and frequently asked questions, including grant amounts and definitions of key terms.

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: HCA's 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: HCA's 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 two 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. Patagonia is 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 Patagonia believes that the most direct path to real change is through building grassroots momentum, they funding focuses on organizations that create a strong base of citizen support. Patagonia supports 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 Patagonia's 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.
Writing and Roots: Barbara Kingsolver's Novel Perspective
A Public Conversation with Silas House
Writing and Roots: Barbara Kingsolver's Novel Perspective, a Public Conversation with Silas House at Berea College, Phelps-Stokes Auditorium, November 6, 2014, 3:00 p.m. Books will be for sale, signing to follow event which is free and open to the public. Barbara Kingsolver is a widely acclaimed American novelist, essayist, poet, and social activist. She is the author of 14 books translated into more than two dozen languages. Silas House serves as the NEH Chair of Appalachian Studies at Berea College and is the bestselling author of seven books. Both are natives of Eastern Kentucky. Kingsolver and House will have a public conversation about Appalachia, family, social justice, biodiversity, and the interaction between humans and their communities and environments in this Appalachian Convocation at Berea College.

Health Impact Assessment of the Shawnee Fossil Plant
Kentucky Environmental Foundation
The Kentucky Environmental Foundation (KEF) is proud to release their Health Impact Assessment (HIA) of the Shawnee Fossil Plant- a project two years in the making. The HIA works to identify health concerns and provide recommendations within retrofit and retirement scenarios of an aging coal plant. The report is timely in that many communities are facing similar challenges in a rapidly shifting energy economy. Please spread the word and share the report with appropriate circles. A link to the document as well as other information including the press release can be accessed here.

The Mildred Haun Conference: A Celebration of Appalachian Literature, Scholarship, and Culture

Call for Papers

The 2015 Mildred Haun Conference will be February 6-7 with general theme of "The Changing Demographics of Appalachia." Pamela Duncan will be the keynote speaker this year, and there will be writers' workshops and programs in addition to the scholarly presentations. Please consider submitting a proposal, and certainly plan to come if you can. Stay tuned for more information as it develops. The entire conference is free. Read more here.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Appalachian Voices

Be sure to mark your calendar to attend one of the nation's premier environmental and adventure film festivals at 7 p.m October 30 at Knoxville's Bijou Theatre. Appalachian Voices is excited to host the Wild & Scenic Film Festival and offer tickets for only $10! Thanks to our sponsors, Three Rivers Market and Mast General Store, all proceeds will go to support our work to protect Central and Southern Appalachia's communities and environment. Reserve your tickets here! Find more details about the festival including a list of selected films here, and share the event page with your friends and family on Facebook. Save the date today! See you at the Bijou Theatre on October 30!

West Virginia
Summit on Race Matters in Appalachia
Register Now
The Summit will offer a unique opportunity for people from throughout West Virginia to participate in a constructive, in-depth conversation about the complicated history of race relations and racial inequality in the state. Participants will examine the causes and consequences of structural inequities that exist across social, political, education and financial systems and how those inequities negatively affect everyone. It will encourage strong leaders, working together, to commit themselves to building a community that improves the well-being of all West Virginians. The event will include a screening of "Cracking the Codes: Social Determinants of Racial Inequality" on Monday evening, November 10th and workshop discussions about this powerful movie on Tuesday, November 11th. The event will also feature keynote speakers, including Dr. Gail Christopher, Vice President for Policy and Senior Advisor, W.K. Kellogg Foundation; Mike Wenger, author of My Black Family, My White Privilege, and senior fellow at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington, DC; and Dustin Washington, Director of the Community Justice Program with the American Friends Service Committee. For more information and to register for the event click here.
Job Opportunities in Central Appalachia
Dogwood Alliance is Hiring
Finance and Operations Director
The director of finance and operations will define the process and implement the financial and operational infrastructure and systems needed to support substantial growth over the next five years. Director of finance and operations will continue to build and manage effective and streamlined administrative and financial systems, including financial, accounting, legal, information technology, human resources and physical infrastructure. Click here to read the job description and apply.

Program Director
The director of programs will be responsible for the operational success of Dogwood Alliance's programs, ensuring seamless team management, development, program delivery and quality control and evaluation. In this newly established role, the Director of Programs will manage a growing staff. The director of programs will be a key external face of Dogwood Alliance in the community. The program director oversees the coordination and administration of all aspects of ongoing programs, including planning, organizing, staffing, leading and controlling program activities. Click here to read the job description and apply.

West Virginia Farmers Market Association
Project Coordinator
The West Virginia Farmers Market Association (WVFMA), in conjunction with the West Virginia Community Development Hub, is seeking applicants for the contracted position of project coordinator. The project coordinator will support the West Virginia Farmers Market Association in its work to assist and promote successful development of farmers markets across West Virginia. The mission of the WVFMA is to provide resources and support connections that enhance the economic growth and sustainability of West Virginia farmers markets. WVFMA aims to strengthen viability of farmers markets across the state through our activities, such as meetings, surveys, trainings, development of resources and policy work. Cooperation is fostered among members in solving problems related to the production and marketing of farm products and improvement in marketing activities. The Association is a membership-based organization supported in part by both membership fees and grant dollars. Responsibilities will include coordination with markets, vendors, partners and advisors; coordination and management of a training program for farmers market vendors, in addition to other projects; data collection; preparation of training materials and toolkits; collecting data and reporting on projects to funders and to the WVFMA board; other administrative and capacity-building activities for the WVFMA. For full job description click here.
Business Planning Consultant
WVFMA also is seeking to secure a consultant to work with their board to identify the appropriate business structure and state business license for the organization and to work with the board to develop a long-term business plan. The deadline for proposals is Wednesday, October 22, submission guidelines can be found here.

University of Kentucky
Professor of Appalachian History
The history department at the University of Kentucky invites applications for a tenure-stream assistant or associate professor in the history of Appalachia, beginning in fall 2015. Ph.D. required by August 2015. The successful candidate will also contribute to course offerings in US Southern History. We are seeking candidates with a strong commitment to engaged research and teaching in service of the region and to participation in UK's interdisciplinary Appalachian Studies Program. This candidate is expected to engage students at all levels: introductory surveys, upper division undergraduate courses, and graduate seminars. Applicants should send a letter of application, a cv, a teaching statement, an article- or chapter-length writing sample, and three letters of reference to Interfolio. The search committee will accept electronic applications only click here to access the link. Consideration of applications will begin on October 24, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled. The University of Kentucky is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity University that values diversity and is located in an increasingly diverse region. It is committed to becoming one of the top public institutions in the country. Women, persons with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

High Rocks
Grow Appalachia Coordinator
High Rocks seeds a part-time coordinator to work from Hillsboro, West Virginia to increase access to locally grown produce and promote the local food economy. Grow Appalachia supports families and organizations to grow vegetables in home and community gardens using organic practices.
Responsibilities include: recruitment of participants and partners; ordering and distribution of supplies; development of income sources; educational programming and outreach; reporting to funders; supervision of AmeriCorps members and direct service to area gardeners. Qualities sought include strong written and oral communication skills, knowledge of organic gardening, facility with Microsoft Office applications, and management experience. Hourly rate commensurate with experience. Start time December or January. Please send resume, cover letter, and references to erica@highrocks.org. Call 304-653-4891 ext. 112 for more information.

The Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED)
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.
Volunteer Opportunities


My Life Project

DAWG is a statewide organization which needs assistance to make sure the 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 info@wvdawg.org.

Centro Hispano

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 school 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 league@lwvknoxville.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
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 website.

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 heather@kyenvironmentalfoundation.org 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 mail@acluwv.org to inquire about opportunities.

Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (SOCM)

SOCM has volunteer opportunities in their Knoxville office. Contact Casey at casey@socm.org 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 lot 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.

Enewsletters From Central Appalachia

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To get involved contact Margo Miller via 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.
Over 25 Years Working for Social Change
Since its founding in 1987, ACF has awarded over $6 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 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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