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Could $1 million help your local organization expand economic opportunity within your community?

If your local organization helps people find meaningful work, achieve financial security, and build strong communities, learn about the Communities Thrive Challenge at

Call for Writers and Photographers 
Deadline June 30, 2018

Holler is looking for writers and photographers for its new publication, NEKKID. NEKKID is a quarterly zine by and about Appalachians: an honest, uncensored look into our culture and the way we view ourselves and our neck of the woods, past, present, and future. 

NEKKID will showcase writing and photography in many forms, including: short fiction, poetry, experimental, essay, photojournalism, documentary, and more. Work can be in any format: polished or raw, quiet or loud, confrontational, funny or serious as long as it is an authentic voice of the region. We would love to see new or underrepresented voices of Appalachia.

Writers and photographers should be Appalachian natives or residing in Appalachia. Writers and photographers not residing in Appalachia should exhibit work that explores Appalachian culture or challenges. 
How to Submit
Save the Date! Grassroots Gathering

September 28-30, 2018
Airfield Conference Center, Wakefield, VA
West Virginia


May 31 - June 1, 2018

State Fair Grounds, Lewisburg, WV

What's going to happen?

#AlmostHeaven: Making the Most of Your Destination

The State of the State of WV Journalism

After the Pitch... What Comes Next?: Success After Business Competitions

Next Generation Problem Solvers

How to Run a Grassroots Fundraising Campaign

Liability to Opportunity: Creative Uses of AML Funds in WV

Listen In: Shared Experiences from the WV Podcasting Community

...and that's just the beginning.

Demos and dinner, skill sharing, discussions and networking, places to speak out and spots to get away…click link below for full schedule of events.

Wondering if New Story is a fit for you? Curious about who else will be at the table? 

Head to our Details + Register page for info. We'll see you in Lewisburg. 
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Wednesday, May 23
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Ming Hsieh Hall, West Virginia University

A documentary film about the life and amazing accomplishments of
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. 
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Lucy Braun Naturalist Week
Learn, hike, and experience Kentucky's most beautiful and bio-diverse wildlands during Pine Mountain's renowned Lucy Braun 5-day forest study workshop June 6-10, 2018. The workshop is named in honor of one of the first and foremost conservationists of the 20th century, E. Lucy Braun. Dr. Lucy, as she was called by her colleagues, devoted her life to the study of plants and to conservation campaigns to save wilderness areas and other natural sites.

The workshop will include presentations by researchers and experts on Lucy Braun and the wildlands Dr. Braun studied.  Pine Mountain educator and naturalist, Bucky Field, will be presenting an in-depth examination of Dr. Braun's life and work, “In The Footsteps of Lucy Braun."  Alice L. Jones, PHD, Professor Geosciences at Eastern Kentucky University, will present her award-winning play, Sisters of the Mother Forest: A Story of Lucy and Annette Braun.  Dr. Rob Paratley, curator of the University of Kentucky Herbarium, will also be presenting during the week.  
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Knoxville Brewers' Jam
Do you have ideas about how we can make this year's Brewer' Jam even better? Do you
have a fondness for being on committees and drinking good beer? If so, we need you for
the Knoxville Brewers' Jam Committee!

Starting in June, the committee will meet twice a month (days and times TBD) to help with planning, marketing and event coordination leading up to the event on October 6, 2018. If you are interested in helping plan the 2018 Knoxville Brewers' Jam, please contact Leah Arneson by clicking the link below
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STAY Project STAY Summer Institute

Stay Project is excited to announce that registration for their  2018 STAY Summer Institute: Celebrating 10 Years of STAY is open! We are inviting our members and alumni to come together July 12th-15th at the Highlander Center in New Market, TN to reflect on and rejoice in 10 years of youth organizing in Appalachia! 

So if you are a young person between the ages of 14-30 living in Appalachia or if were a member of STAY and have aged out, be sure to register for what promises to be a weekend full of celebration and collective learning and growth!

Register here:

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WOZO Festival 2018

SOCM, Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment, a statewide, multi-issue, multi-racial community organization working for social, economic, and environmental justice in Tennessee, is seeking applications for a community organizer position. SOCM is democratically run by its members and invests in member leadership development as well as winning issues that affect their lives. 

SOCM Organizers work with members in chapters on local issues and in issue committees on statewide campaigns to help set strategy, build leadership, carry out work plans, and move campaigns forward. SOCM is committed to anti-racism work and to organizing that builds greater racial diversity. Position requires the ability to travel to chapter meetings, fundraising, and extensive writing duties.

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Opportunities In Central Appalachia

Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, a statewide grassroots social justice organization, is accepting applications for three Organizer Apprentice positions in eastern Kentucky (specific locations to be determined).

Kentuckians For The Commonwealth is a statewide grassroots organization; a community of people, inspired by a vision, building New Power, for all of us. Together, we organize for a fair economy, a healthy environment, new safe energy and an honest democracy. We are a fast growing organization with over 11,000 members and 14 county or multi-county based chapters across the state.

We believe in the power of community organizing – people working together to achieve common goals. Organizing empowers us to help shape decisions affecting our lives and the larger community. It's a long-term approach that focuses on building and exercising power, especially among people affected by injustice, to improve the quality of life for all.

Organizer Apprentices are paid, full-time members of KFTC’s staff team. These positions will last through December 2018. Applicants should have an appreciation for and commitment to community organizing, leadership development, and KFTC’s vision for social change. Apprentices will learn organizing skills and contribute to KFTC’s grassroots power building strategies, including voter outreach and engagement.

Access the full job description and apply online at:

For more information, contact Lisa Abbott at: KFTC is an equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Apply Here

Recognizing both the powerful, creative acts of resistance and the real threats facing our communities, Highlander is hosting its second Rage, Hope and Community organizing workshop May 31-June 3, 2018. We know that together we can share ideas, strategy, and hope to strengthen people's work back home and on the front lines of movement struggle. This training is open to both new organizers and those who've been organizing longer term. Space is limited, so apply to participate today!

Some topics include:

  • Outreach & Base-building
  • Analysis & Strategy
  • Campaigns & Tactics
  • Youth organizing & Intergenerational work 

Plus so much more!
Apply Today

New Opportunities to Volunteer with TIRRC This Year!

Do you want to get more involved with the immigrant and refugee community?
Volunteer with TIRRC! We’re excited to launch our new volunteer program.
We have many upcoming volunteer activities, including helping out at our legal workshops, English classes, and events!
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Did you know you can supportAppalachian Community Fund (ACF) in your community  just by shopping at Kroger? It's easy when you enroll in Kroger CommunityRewards®! To get started, sign up with your Plus Card, and select Appalachian Community Fund. Once you're enrolled, you'll earn rewards for ACF every time you shop and use your Plus Card! To use your Kroger card to support ACF.
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