September 2014 
Inside Appalachian Community Fund
Looks like the hot days of summer are almost over and the trees are already starting to change into their fall colors. For us here at ACF, the beginning of the new season represents time to honor and recognize the work of our Appalachian Heroes.

Kentucky Appalachian Heroes Award
Check out more of the photos from the event on our Facebook event page.

Thanks to everyone who joined us this past Friday evening honoring Bennie Massey and Stanley Sturgill. Nearly 90 people filled the room. The Eastern Kentucky Social Club in Lynch catered the event and provided the space. The food was absolutely delicious! Sam Gleaves did a wonderful job with the music. There were surprise vocal performances from ACF board member Ethan Hamblin, Bennie and Stanley. I even graced the mic and lead folks in a verse of We Shall Overcome. A special thank you to Eastern Kentucky Social Club in Lynch, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth and all those who made financial contributions in support of the event.

It was a wonderful way to kick off Kentuckians for the Commonwealth's Appalachia's Bright Future 2.0. For those who were not able to attend the event, you can see some folk's photos and thoughts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by typing #AppBrightFuture. ACF board member, Tanya Turner, did a wonderful job with everything. Tanya you rock!

National Appalachian Heroes Award
On October 16, 2014, we'll be headed to New York City for our 10th Annual Bluegrass and BBQ New York City Benefit. We hope those in the area will join us as we honor Scott Widmeyer and present him with The National Appalachian Hero Award, not only for his support of ACF, but also for his commitment to educational development in his home state of West Virginia.

Join us in celebrating and strengthening work for social justice in Central Appalachia! 

October 16, 2014
6:30 PM to 9 PM

The Sky Lounge
635 West 42nd Street

New York, New York

Tickets are $80 per person
Young Professionals Under 30: $30 per person

BBQ and all the fixin's will be served.
There will be live music!

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,

Executive Director


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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 us 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: 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.
News From the Region

Save the Date! 
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.
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

Thirty-Eighth Annual Appalachian Studies Conference

Call for Participation: Proposals may be submitted between September 1 and October 17, 2014.

The 2015 Annual Appalachian Studies (ASA) Conference will be held at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee, a public university of approximately 15,000 students. The conference will take place at two primary locations on the ETSU campus. The D. P. Culp University Center will serve as the central hospitality location, where registration, silent auction, exhibits, breaks, the Many Mountains Plenary, and the Many Musics Concert will take place. The Culp Center also houses dining facilities and a Starbucks. Concurrent sessions will take place in Rogers-Stout Hall, which is fully equipped with smart classrooms. The theme of this year's conference is Many Mountains, Many Musics, challenges people to view Appalachia from a fresh perspective and discover its emergence as a creative, dynamic force. U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, the invited keynote speaker, will provide special insight into Appalachia in the 21st Century. Senator Alexander, who was instrumental in establishing ETSU's Center of Excellence in Appalachian Studies and Services, has committed a lifetime of public service to advancing the lives of the people of Appalachia. In keeping with the theme, the Many Mountains Plenary will bring together a noteworthy panel to discuss "Opportunity & Enterprise in Appalachia." Also scheduled is a Many Mountains Service Project along with group tours that include the new Birthplace of Country Music Museum.  As in the past, a key component of this year's conference will be the concurrent sessions. There will be ten concurrent sessions dedicated to the rich diversity of Appalachia's many mountains, many musics. Proposals may be submited on the ASA website between Septemeber 1 and October 17, 2014. For further information, please see the 2015 Call for Participation here.


18th Annual Brewers' Jam

Community Shares



West Virginia
"Vision, Diversity, and Capacity" Grant Writing Workshop
South Central Educational Development, Inc. 
The Goals of this three day workshop is to: Discuss grants, resource development, parts of the grant and
program ideas of the workshop participants; discuss logic models and SMART objectives; evaluation methodologies, budgets, general information and technical writing expectations. The workshop will be held on October 21, 22, and 23, 2014, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and ending at 4:00 p.m. each day. The workshop will be held at 601 Bland Street, Bluefield, West Virginia 24701 (Enter on the Federal Street Side). The cost is free but donations are welcome. Registration form can be found here. For more information contact South Central at: 601 Bland Street, P.O. Box 4322, Bluefield, West Virginia, 24701, phone: 304-325-6105, fax: 304-325-6106, email: sced1@earthlink.net

Community Leadership Academy
Hosted by West Virginia Univeristy (WVU) Extension Service
The annual Community Leadership Academy helps emerging and established leaders identify and build on their community's assets to take advantage of development issues in West Virginia and surrounding regions. The Academy provides local government officials with a solid foundation in public organizational and financial management. Topics emphasize enhancing personal leadership skills and providing an understanding of current, complex issues affecting communities. 2013 marked the first year for the program since the Academy merged with the Local Government Leadership Academy in late 2012. The Community Leadership Academy is presented by WVU Extension Service Community Resources and Economic Development, in partnership with the West Virginia Community Development Hub, West Virginia Association of Counties, and County Commissioners' Association of West Virginia Learn more about the Academy here and get registration information here.

Wellness and Water III: What is the Future of Our Drinking Water?
October 3 -4 
In January, about 300,000 people living in central West Virginia got a rude awakening to the threats chemical manufacturing and storage can pose to drinking water and human health (MCHM, a coal-washing chemical, leaked into the Elk River and contaminated water supplies for up to ten days.) People living in coal-bearing regions of West Virginia face threats to their drinking water and their health from mountaintop removal coal mining and coal prep plants. An increasing number of the state's residents are worrying about the impacts Marcellus Shale drilling and waste disposal activities pose to potable water and people's health. What measures can we take to safeguard our wellness and our water? Water and Wellness III will explore these matters with plenary speakers -including two Goldman Prize winners - panels with scientists and impacted residents, informational tables and open-space discussions. Registration begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, October 3. The evening features the Wellness and Water Concert from 7 - 10 p.m. featuring Andrew McKnight and Colleen Anderson & George Castelle. Concert flier hereRegistration begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday, October 4. The program runs 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Event flier here. Some scholarships available. Contact info@ohvec.org for details. Co-sponsors of this event: OVEC, WV Highlands Conservancy, WV Citizen Action Group, People Concerned About Chemical Safety and the WV Chapter of the Sierra Club.
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


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 hiring@kftc.org 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

Seeks an AmeriCorpsVISTA

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 hereApplications 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 allison@appalachianky.org!

Volunteer Opportunities

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.


My Life Project 

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 ContributorAny questions, please contact info@wvdawg.org.



Summer 2014 

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.


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 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 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 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.

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