October 2012
Inside Appalachian Community Fund

Reserve Your Spot in Our 25th Anniversary Commemorative Journal

Tell Your Story, Share in the Celebration

It's time to help the Appalachian Community Fund (ACF) celebrate its 25th Anniversary! ACF was founded in 1987 to build resources and provide funding for grassroots organizing and social change in the central region of Appalachia (East Tennessee, Eastern Kentucky, Southwest Virginia and all of West Virginia). In the past 25 years, ACF has awarded more than $6 million to social change organizations in Central Appalachia. The organizations ACF funds are diverse; however, they share a commitment to changing their communities from within, to equality, and toward real vision for the region. The commitment ACF made to this struggle nearly 25 years ago has gotten us this far and we plan to move a lot farther in the fight for justice. Our renewed commitment to positive change in the region is our birthday present to ourselves and to all of the people in the region.

You can join us in celebrating these accomplishments by placing an advertisement in our 25th Anniversary Commemorative Journal. This is an excellent way to show your support of our region and to highlight your business or organization. We will distribute the journal to our donors, friends and grantee groups in the region. We expect an excellent turnout for submissions and a broad audience of readers. The deadline to submit is January 15, 2013. For more information, please contact Lindsay Harper at (865) 522-1604 or email her at knoxintern1@communitysharestn.org. Please click here for rates and full instructions.

Please purchase an ad in support of ACF. You will be making a powerful statement for social and economic justice and helping create a culture of Change, Not Charity in central Appalachia.

Peace, love and light,

Margo Miller

Executive Director

Mark Your Calendars!

Join us in Celebrating and Strengthening Work for Social Justice

in Central Appalachia with Bluegrass and BBQ at the

8th Annual New York City Benefit for Appalachian Community Fund.

Come and help us honor the event founder, Kevin Jennings, as we present him with an Appalachian Hero Award for his dedication to the social change movement in Appalachia, New York and nationally.

BBQ and all the fixin's will be served as well as a special musical performance.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

7 PM to 9 PM

The Sky Lounge

635 West 42nd Street

New York, New York

Tickets are $95 per person

Sponsorship Levels






Click here to buy a ticket, become a sponsor or to make a donation.

To Charge by Phone or for More Information:

Please call 865.523.5783

Visit our website www.appalachiancommunityfund.org for more details or to make a donation.

A Special Event: Sister City-Sister Mountain Holler

Connecting Mountain Lovers

Do you want to connect with New Yorkers concerned about ending mountaintop removal mining? The group New York Loves Mountains wants to hear from you. NY Loves Mountains was co-founded in 2008 by Stephanie Pistello and Sarah Moon to educate New Yorkers about Appalachia's suffering when Times Square is lit up from mountaintop removal mining.

NY Loves Mountains is organizing a unique program called "Sister City - Sister Mountain Holler" to bring Appalachians and New Yorkers together to find common ground on protecting land and water. If you live in a mountain hollow community of Appalachia threatened by mountaintop removal and can get a group of friends together to form a group, please let us know.

New Yorkers are just as angry about the prospect of slickwater hydrofracking in New York as we in Appalachia are angry about mountaintop removal mining. And New Yorkers are fighting back. Want to know about their experiences? Want to tell them about yours? Want to plan joint organizing actions together?

Please contact New York Loves Mountains: info@newyorklovesmountains.org

For the Mountains,

Paul Ciavarri, NY Statewide Coordinator

(585) 734-4866

Sarah Moon, Board President

News From the Region

Celebrate a Wonderful Life at the Memorial Service for "Mountain Keeper" Larry Gibson

Celebrating the Legacy of an Appalachian Hero

Larry Gibson, of Kayford Mountain, West Virginia was probably the best known West Virginian to speak out against mountaintop removal coal mining, and he did it for over 20 years. Larry passed on Sunday, September 9 while tending the family cemetery on top of his beloved mountain. We expect a large crowd to attend his memorial service, which will be held in the Charleston, West Virginia Municipal Auditorium on Sunday, October 14th. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please join us! We will remember Larry and continue his work to protect the mountains of Appalachia from the ravages of mountaintop removal. Doors open at 1:30pm and the event will run from 2pm-6pm with an intermission at 4pm. Join us at the Charleston Municipal Auditorium (200 Civic Center Drive) in downtown Charleston, WV. Parking will be available at the Charleston Mall's Parking Garage, located one block from the venue. Cost of parking will be $1.75. For more information please visit the Keepers of the Mountains website.

Report Looks at Health and Environmental Effects of Coal

Click Here to Read the Full Report

Physicians for Social Responsibility has released a groundbreaking medical report, "Coal's Assault on Human Health," which takes a new look at the devastating impacts of coal on the human body. Coal combustion releases mercury, particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, and dozens of other substances known to be hazardous to human health. This report looks at the cumulative harm inflicted by those pollutants on three major body organ systems: the respiratory system, the cardiovascular system, and the nervous system. The report also considers coal's contribution to global warming, and the health implications of global warming.

Federal Goverment Designates Middle Kentucky County as Appalachia

Concerns Rise as Boundaries Are Redrawn

Designating area as "Appalachian" will allow local law enforcement in Elizabethtown, KY to tap into funding for a mountain-based anti-drug initiative. Elizabethtown is some 200 miles west of Appalachian towns like Harlan and Hazard. The availability of federal money set aside specifically for combating Appalachia's woes has some communities in the flatlands looking for ways to cash in. Click here to finish reading the story.

Art & Community Think Tank Hits Central Appalachia

October 25-28

The city of Knoxville, Tenn. and Harlan County, KY will serve as the second stop for MicroFest USA, a national learning exchange-cum-think tank, hosted by the national arts service organization the Network of Ensemble Theaters (NET). The four-day festival, which takes place in various locations in Knoxville and Harlan, kicks off Thursday, October 25 at the Emporium (100 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN) with a premier of Carpetbag Theatre Ensemble's original play "Speed Killed My Cousin." In an effort to further the conversation about art's impact on Central Appalachia, MicroFest USA hopes to engage various constituencies in an effective and measurable way. "I see this as a bridge point between artists, urban planners, and community organizers," says MicroFest Event Coordinator Ashley Sparks. "MicroFest is contributing to national case-making around the arts being as vital as a hospital to a healthy community." Click here to read more.

Job Opportunities in Central Appalachia

Kentuckians for the Commonwealth Hiring Community Organizers

Work for Justice in Kentucky

KFTC is hiring for four Community Organizer positions - in Bowling Green, Louisville, Berea and eastern Kentucky (either Whitesburg or Prestonsburg). Each position will staff a local chapter(s) and work to advance KFTC's statewide strategies and campaigns. The position in eastern Kentucky will support the Community Science and Public Health (CSPH) Project, a growing effort to train KFTC members to use tools of community science and community organizing to protect our health and environment. Click here for more information.

Fellowships Available at Highlander Research and Education Center

Click Here for Instructions on How to Apply

The Highlander Research and Education Center is pleased to announce we are accepting applications for the second class of the Greensboro Justice Fund Fellowship at Highlander. Highlander was chosen, along with the Beloved Community Center in Greensboro, NC, to carry on the social and economic justice legacy of the Greensboro Justice Fund (GJF) and is honored to do so. For 30 years, GJF worked to increase the capacity of the progressive movement by supporting over 300 cutting-edge, community based organizations working for political empowerment, workers rights, environmental justice and an end to all forms of discrimination and exploitation. The Fund was established to honor and carry on the work of C├ęsar Cauce, Mike Nathan, Bill Sampson, Sandy Smith, and Jim Waller, five community organizers who were murdered in Greensboro by the Ku Klux Klan and Nazis on November 3, 1979.

Funding Opportunities

RFP Released for Investing in Kentucky's Future Initiative

Are You Working to Improve the Health of KY's Youth?

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is pleased to issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) under the new Investing in Kentucky's Future Initiative (IKF). This initiative is designed to improve the health of Kentucky's children by engaging communities in testing innovative strategies. The Foundation plans to provide funding for up to 10 Kentucky communities where civic leaders are committed to working together to promote the physical and behavioral health and well-being of children ages 5 through 18 by supporting local systems, environments and policies that reduce risks for chronic diseases and help children practice healthy behaviors for a lifetime. Download the full RFP here.

Please read through the RFP for information regarding applicant conference calls scheduled on October 16 and 18. Foundation staff will discuss the intent of this initiative in greater depth, and respond to applicant questions during these calls. More information about the Foundation can be found on our website, www.healthy-ky.org. Letters of Intent are due on November 16, 2012 and full-proposals are due on February 28, 2012.

Catholic Campaign for Human Development Invites Pre-Applications

Deadline to Apply is November 1, 2012

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), established by the Catholic bishops of the United States, is committed to supporting organizations led by low-income individuals as they work to break the cycle of poverty and improve their communities. CCHD offers two grant programs, Community Development grants and Economic Development Grants. Community Development grants support efforts that demonstrate a commitment to the dignity of the human person. Funded groups, led by people living in poverty, work to address the root causes of poverty by nurturing solidarity between the poor and non-poor and facilitating the participation of people in decisions that perpetuate poverty in their lives. Economic Development grants support initiatives that include the voice of the poor and marginalized in developing new businesses that offer good jobs and/or develop assets that will be owned and enjoyed by local communities. Pre-applications for both programs may be submitted between September 1 and November 1, 2012. (Organizations are encouraged to submit their pre-application prior to the November 1 deadline.) Click here to apply.

The American Association of University Women Releases RFP

Deadline to Apply is January 15, 2013

Community Action grants provide funds to individuals, American Association of University Women (AAUW) branches, and AAUW state organizations as well as local community-based nonprofit organizations for innovative programs or non-degree research projects that promote education and equality for women and girls. Applicants must be women who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Nonprofit organizations must be based in the United States. Grant projects must have direct public impact, be nonpartisan, and take place within the United States or its territories. Special consideration is given to projects focused on K-12 and community college girls' and women's achievements in science, technology, engineering or math. Click here for more information.


Citizens Reach Landmark Settlement In Water Pollution Case

Water Quality and Public Health to Benefit from Judgement

With a goal of restoring water quality and protecting public health from the impacts of coal mining in eastern Kentucky, a coalition of public interest groups and citizens today filed in Franklin County Circuit Court a historic settlement with International Coal Group, Inc. (ICG) and the state Energy and Environment Cabinet over thousands of water pollution violations and years of false reporting by the company and insufficient enforcement by the state. Please click here to read more from Appalachian Voices or follow the links below for more information.

Grow Appalachia Seeks Organizational Partners in Kentucky

Increasing Food Production While Bringing Communities Together

Grow Appalachia is an outreach education and service project of the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center at Berea College. It is funded by the generosity of John Paul Dejoria, co-founder and CEO of John Paul Mitchell Systems, Inc. Grow Appalachia is dedicated to helping mountain families plant a healthy future for themselves and their communities by:

  • Providing them with skills and resources to grow sustainable, nutritious food.
  • Teaching them how to prepare and preserve food in a healthy way.
  • Empowering them to share their knowledge in the community.
  • Creating programs to provide food to elderly and disabled residents in need.
  • Developing local farmers' markets to sell surplus food.
Grow Appalachia is looking for partners who have a high level of credibility and history of service in their communities, who have a demonstrated history of working in food security/food access issues and who have a reputation for rigid fiscal management standards. Click here to read the full announcement and here to visit their website.

Appalachian Public Interest Environmental Law Conference

Registration Now Open

APIEL brings together activists, attorneys, students, scientists and concerned citizens working for environmental justice throughout Appalachia and surrounding states. The conference features a series of workshops and dialogues led by activists, lawyers and scientists with the goal of exchanging information, sharing skills, and fostering collaboration between the grassroots, the bar, and future lawyers and policy-makers. Workshops address the region's most pressing ecological problems, as well as the underlying laws, policies and institutional dynamics that have enabled these issues to occur. Join us at the University of Tennessee College of Law October 26-28, 2012. Click here to read more.

Walk for Awareness, Walk for Justice

Annual Walk Happening in Middle Tennessee

Join Statewide Organizing for Community Empowerment and others in the 2012 Walk for Justice. Walk for Justice is an annual event bringing people together from all over Tennessee who care about an improved quality of life, sustainable jobs, ending racism, protecting our natural world, preserving our heritage and defending our rights as residents to have a say in community development. The walk will happen Saturday, October 27, at the Cumberland Mountain State Park (Shelter #2) in Crossville, Tennessee. Registration starts at 10am (CST) and the walk starts at 10:30am. This event is rain or shine. For more information or to sponsor a participant contact Kathy Nix or Linda Cowan, 865-249-7488.


Workshops Focus on Ways to Grow Your Home Economy

Come Learn to Increase Your Economic Opportunity

The Appalachian Community Economic Series (ACES) is a series of free workshops to share information about sustainable economic opportunities and cultivate ongoing discussions about economic issues facing Wise County and Southwest Virginia. Workshops will feature a free dinner made from local produce and free homegrown music. Please bring a few nonperishable items to donate to the Appalachian Food Bank. Click here for more information and to see topics for November 3 and 17.

October 20 from 1pm-8pm at Empire Community College, Big Stone Gap, VA. The free, local meal will be served at 6pm (at the Appalachian Senior Center) and Claxton Creek will perform at 7pm. Topics include:

  • Growing Forest Botanicals as a Sustainable, Money-Making Practice
  • Saving Money and Water with Rain Barrels
  • Season Extension and Building a Cold Frame
  • What's it Like to Share an Artisan Shop?

Photo by Katie Commender

Appalachia Sustainable Development Program Uses Gardening to Facilitate Learning

Math and Science Come Alive in Winter Garden

Appalachian Sustainable Development's (ASD) mission is to develop economically viable, environmentally sound and socially just opportunities for Appalachian Virginia and Tennessee farmers, forest land owners, food and forest product producers, and communities, while increasing access to locally produced food and forest products, and sustainable development information and tools, to improve the lives of people living in the region and beyond. ASD advanced that mission a little further in Bristol, VA at the Saint Anne Catholic School. Click here to read more or to visit ASD's website or Facebook page.

West Virginia
Congratulations Maria Gunnoe!
West Virginia Activist Wins Wallenberg Medal

Appalachian environmental activist Maria Gunnoe will be awarded the twenty-second University of Michigan Wallenberg Medal on Tuesday, October 23, 2012, at 7:30 p.m., in Rackham Auditorium. After the medal presentation, Gunnoe will give the Wallenberg Lecture.

In 2004, Gunnoe, a lifelong resident of Bob White, Boone County, West Virginia, began her fight against environmentally devastating mountaintop removal coal mining and valley fill operations in Appalachia. Boone County is one of the most active mountaintop removal regions in the United States. To date the practice has destroyed an estimated 500 mountains and buried or polluted over 2,000 miles of rivers and streams. Click here to read more.

Blair Mountain Vulnerable to Mining After Ruling
Surface Mining Possible on Historic WVA Mountain
A federal judge in Washington, D.C. ruled today against groups working to return Blair Mountain to the National Register of Historic Places to prevent future surface mining operations from encroaching on the historic site of the Battle of Blair Mountain. Follow the links below to read more.
What Is Mountain Justice?
What Is Mountain Justice?

Mountain Justice Fall Summit Set for October

Prepare to Stand Against Mountaintop Removal

Join us Oct. 19-21 in Rock Creek, West Virginia for a weekend of workshops and trainings to prepare you to take action this year against mountaintop removal (MTR) and see MTR first-hand. This summit Following the weekend of trainings there will be intensive sessions including direct action and community service projects for people who are interested in spending more time working in the Appalachian region. The Summit will help you develop skills and gain valuable experience to help your organization in the struggle to stop mountain top removal. We are currently seeking organizers, promoters and funders. Click here for the flyer and here for the website. Contact stranger@graffiti.net for more information.

Happy 25th to Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition!

Come Celebrate and Share in the Memory-Making

Join Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition (OVEC) on October 27th and celebrate 25 years of working toward environmental justice in the Ohio Valley. The Voodoo Katz will perform at the Woman's Club in Charleston, West Virginia. Cocktails and mingling starting at 5:30 p.m. Dinner at 6 p.m. Dancing begins at 7:00 p.m. Come out to help us celebrate 25 years of organized voices and empowered communities! Suggested donation $10. OVEC will provide a main dish and a special birthday cake. Please bring a dish to share and/or to cover special dietary needs. We will have a Silent Auction, with a few choice works of art. Register online here.

See Who's Working for Change in Central Appalachia

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About Us


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.
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. Out 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.

Appalachian Community Fund
507 South Gay Street
Suite 1120
Knoxville, TN 37902
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