June 2013
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Appalachian Community FundHelp Support a More Just Future for Appalachia!

Here at ACF, we are finishing up celebrating our 25th Anniversary. We are so happy to have been able to grant over $6 million to more than 300 organizations working to overcome the underlying causes of injustice in our region during those 25 years. We are proud of the work that we have supported and we look forward to 25 more years of working with grassroots organizations on our region's Journey toward Justice.

Thank you for considering joining the community of donors who, year after year, create a culture of Change, Not Charity in Central Appalachia.

Looking into the future, we are extremely excited about all of the opportunities before us to support community-led efforts and movement for social change, to support the training and leadership development necessary to strengthen the work in our region, and to cultivate the conditions for lasting change to be possible.

Let's work together to create a more just Central Appalachia!

Please consider making as generous a gift as you can, click on the Donate Now Button and make your contribution by June 30, 2013. Thank you for investing in the future of Central Appalachia.

Peace, love and light,
Margo Miller

Executive Director


PS: We have a little over $20,000 to raise in order to meet our goal for this fiscal year. Please help us reach this goal by becoming an ACF Donor!!!


DREAM of the month

What are Your Dreams for Appalachia...?

"...Appalachia, specifically Central Appalachia, successfully makes the transition from an extractive based economy to an economy based on sustainability."

In early 2013, we conducted a survey from our e-newsletter, Twitter and Facebook subscribers and asked what your dreams are for the next 25 years in Appalachia. We will highlight at least one of your responses every month.

The survey is still open, so you can continue to share your dreams for the region. Simply follow the link under WHAT IS YOUR DREAM? We will highlight at least one here every month and in other social media.

News From the Region

Fairness, West Virginia

2013 Fairness Conference & Gala

Save the Date

The 2013 Fairness Conference & Gala will be held on Saturday, November 2nd, in Charleston, WV. All conference events will take place at the Charleston Civic Center and will begin at 8:00 am, while the Gala will once again be held at the Cultural Center located on the Capitol complex. The Gala will begin at 6:00 pm. In 2012, a record was set for the amount of people who attended this event - and the hope is to see that record broken in 2013! Mark this date down on your calendar - in your phone - on your computer - and anywhere else that keeps you organized. Tell your friends and family to come and get ready to have a great time with fellow supporters of the LGBT movement here in our state. Be on the lookout for more information soon.

National Rural Assembly

June 23-26 in Bethesda, Maryland

This year's meeting is a turning point for the Assembly. Our activities over the years have yielded strong relationships with national policy leaders, including those in the Administration, and this year we're pleased to announce that a portion of our meeting was developed in collaboration with members of the White House Rural Council, who will be on hand to participate in breakout sessions and panels throughout the conference. We've also secured a keynote address by Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius. We hope you'll register for this exciting event. For more information about programming, financial aid, and hotel lodging, please visit www.ruralassembly.org .

Leadership Academy

Leadership Academy!

October 3-4, 2013

The theme of this year's conference is"Working Together: Civic-minded citizens, leaders, and officials working collaboratively to build vibrant communities." The conference will offer two tracks: Community Leadership and Local Government Leadership. The attendees will also come together for plenary sessions. Community Leadership sessions will include strategic planning, entrepreneurship & job creation, tourism, land use, board development, and planning. The Local Government Leadership track will include sessions about economic development trends, cyber security, ethics, funding strategies, human resources, emergency preparedness. Presenters will include local experts as well as nationally recognized leaders. The 2013 information, schedule, registration, speakers, location, & planned extra activities are NOW all available online. Click here.

100,000 Poets and Musicians for Change

2013 Global Event

In September 2011 and September 2012, 100,000 Poets and Musicians for Change events were held in several hundred locations across the United States and around the world (115 countries). Now the momentum is increasing and there are events going on all the time under the banner of peace and sustainability. You don't have to wait until September 2013 to get involved. You can put on an event right now. Or you can brand an event that was going to happen anyway with 100,000 Poets and Musicians for Change. Your event will go up on the website and be promoted worldwide. About the name, 100,000 Poets and Musicians is just a name. Photographers, painters, mimes, are film makers are also involved. And there's plenty of room for everything else. Check out the website www.100TPC.org. Get in touch walterblue@bigbridge.org. The world needs to change. Right now.

The Women of Appalachian

Women of Appalachia: Sisters in STEM Conference

Call for Proposals

After the success of 2012 Women of Appalachia: Sisters in Science conference, the planning committee is moving forward in organizing this year's conference around the theme of "Sisters in STEM" scheduled on October 17-18, with the possibility of extension to October 19, 2013. The Keynote speaker for this year's conference is Dr. Sharon Denham, Professor of Nursing at Ohio University. Dr. Denham is a renowned and dedicated scientist, nurse scholar and educator leading research and community efforts to promote and advocate for family health in Appalachian Ohio. Over the years she has led and conducted a number of research studies with Appalachian populations about topics related to family health issues including, bereavement, abuse and violence, tobacco use, and family routines. Her current work focuses on diabetes prevention in Appalachia. They are now calling for proposals/abstract submissions for consideration for the October conference. For more information click here.

Summer Field School in Ethnographic Documentation

May 20-June 22, 2013
This summer George Mason University is offering a summer field school for cultural documentation. This intensive course will offer hands-on ethnographic training in the documentation of local cultural resources, the preservation of documentary materials, and the public presentation of cultural heritage. Instruction will cover such areas as research ethics, preliminary research planning, interviewing and sound recording techniques, ethnographic observation, and field note writing. Training will also be provided on the archival organization of documentary materials gathered in the field and the use of documentary materials for exhibitions and other public presentations. Course instruction will include lectures, hands-on workshops, discussions, and supervised team-based fieldwork. Full information on the course and tuition costs are found here: folklore.gmu.edu/fieldschool. Interested students can mail dshutika@gmu.edu or by phone 703-993-1178.
Job Opportunities in Central Appalachia

West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition

Executive Director

The West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition seeks a dynamic, entrepreneurial, committed leader to help build and support West Virginia's rapidly growing local food system. Since 2010, the Coalition (www.wvhub.org/wvffc) has supported a statewide network of West Virginians working to grow food and farm businesses while improving access to healthy local food. The position of Executive Director requires a special individual who is willing to work hard, think outside the box, be an advocate for farmers and consumers, and build partnerships outside of traditional "silos" in order to continue the Coalition's success in promoting food and agriculture as a critical part of West Virginia's economy. See the full job description and download here.

Mooresburg, Tennessee Community Association
Part Time Director of Development

Reporting to and in partnership with the Program Director, the Development Director will spearhead development efforts as The Mooresburg Community Association continues to grow. A new position in the organization, the Director will have the opportunity to build the development function.


* Develop and execute the MCA annual fundraising plan

* Secure financial support from individuals, foundations and corporations

* Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with major donors

* Creating and executing a strategy for a large sustained base of annual individual donors

* Overseeing organization of special events

* Developing and tracking proposals and reports for all foundation and corporate fundraising

Interested applicants can contact Bonnie Zappulla either by email at mooresburg1@yahoo.com or they are welcome to call 423-923-1488.


Founded in 2001, The Mooresburg Community Associations mission is to provide services to our senior and disabled neighbors in order to help them maintain an independent lifestyle and avoid having to enter a long term care institution. We also strive to provide a vibrant and quality community center for all residents to enjoy and improve their quality of life through education, fellowship and good nutrition. For more information, please visit www.mooresburg.net.

Seneca Nation of Indians
Grant Development Manager
The Grant Development Manager for the Seneca Nation of Indians will provide leadership in the management and development of the Nation's Grant Writing Division, including thorough research and knowledge of community needs to assist various government departments in targeting grant opportunities. The Grant Development Manager will cultivate relationships with, and effectively represent the Nation's interests with private foundations, corporations, state and federal agencies, and other institutions in coordination with department directors, executives and Tribal Council. He or she will initiate new funding opportunities in the areas of economic development, energy, education and other community-building practices to achieve the Nation's goals and objectives. For more information and the full job description, please contact Michael Kimelberg, Chief Planning Officer: Phone: 716-532-4900, x5023, Email: michael.kimelberg@sni.org.
Funding Opportunities
2014 Eric Wolf Prize

The Political Ecology Society (PESO) announces the 2014 Eric Wolf Prize for the best article-length paper. Seeking papers based in substantive field research that make an innovative contribution to Political Ecology. To be eligible for the competition, scholars must be ABD or have received their Ph.D. within the three years prior to publication of this announcement. A cash prize of $500 accompanies the award, which will be presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology. The paper will be published in the Journal of Political Ecology; the prize reviewers may suggest revisions before the item is published.

The preferred format for papers is electronic. (But, please contact us, if you need to send in some other format.) Please use the style guidelines provided on the Journal of Political Ecology webpage: http://jpe.library.arizona.edu/. Electronic copies should be sent to Dr. Betsy Taylor (betsyt@vt.edu). The deadline for submission is September 1 2013.

Appalachian Sound Archives Fellowships 2013-2014

Berea College

Now Accepting Applications!

The Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation is given each fall to a nonprofit organization that best demonstrates Druckerʼs definition of innovation: "change that creates a new dimension of performance." The award has been given annually since 1991 and is accompanied by a first-place prize of $100,000. The program is generously supported by
The Coca-Cola Foundation. The 2013 Drucker Award application is now available. Click here to access the application portal. The completed application must be submitted by 3pm PT on July 1, 2013.

Thursday - Sunday, July 11-14, 2013

A four day festival near Berea, Kentucky (just south of Lexington off Interstate 75) that seeks to build community and promote sustainable living by sharing earth-friendly living skills in a positive, healthy, family-friendly atmosphere. The Whippoorwill Festival celebrates Kentucky's Appalachian heritage while helping prepare our minds and bodies for a future world of climate change and a diminished supply of fossil fuels. The festival is a low-cost event ($20 per person per day advance purchase before June 30) with over 75 workshops. The ticket includes tent camping, healthy, home-cooked meals, guest speakers, plus Bluegrass, Americana and mountain music and dancing in the evenings. In the evening, Berea's The New Coon Creek Girls will play Bluegrass on Friday night. Other bands include Cincinnati's terrific trio The Tillers, The New Old Cavalry from Bloomington, Indiana, Berea folksinger Mitch Barrett, old time mountain ballads with Saro, Possum Riot from Knoxville and contra dancing on Thursday night with Berea caller Joe Wilkie. Many Whippoorwill workshops are led by experts with years of skills and knowledge in fields such as forest ecology and wild mushroom identification. In order to encourage leadership development in Appalachia, other workshops are led by young people and relative novices. Small discussion groups allow festival participants to share their thoughts and experiences with each other in an informal atmosphere. Berea has a long and strong tradition of Appalachian craftsmanship that is well known in Kentucky, but the Whippoorwill Festival broadens the market for these craftspeople by attracting attendees from Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, Ohio, and West Virginia. In the spirit of the book "Last Child in the Woods," the Whippoorwill Festival encourages kids at the festival to play outdoors. The festival offers free admission to children 16 and under. The facility for the festival, HomeGrown HideAways, has a nice clean creek with woods and trails on the property. Unstructured activities for children are encouraged. There is also a lake nearby. Workshops are listed on the festival website www.whippoorwillfest.com along with a complete schedule of events.


PlanET Round 4 Public Input

Turning our Vision into Reality

PlanET needs your help again! From May 28 through June 28, community members will be asked to evaluate a set of goals and objectives that will serve as the framework for the development of an action strategy, which will serve as a guide for communities-and the region as a whole-as we seek to reach or vision for 2040. Over the next month, PlanET is asking for community members to contribute their thoughts on the best approaches to help the region turn this vision into reality. What is the best way to grow more local food and support agriculture in the region? What are the best ways to expand transportation and housing options for all of our community members? How does the region grow dynamic, walkable destinations in suburban centers? To encourage as much participation as possible, PlanET will again offer two ways to provide input. Individuals may visit the PlanET website (http://www.planeasttn.org) and work through the materials online anytime they want, anywhere they want. Neighborhood associations, civic organization, or other groups can hold a Meeting in a Box at a time and location of their choice and with or without a PlanET facilitator.

Details of each method are available on the PlanET website. Contact our outreach coordinator, Sherith Colverson, (865) 215-4396 or sherith.colverson@planeasttn.org, to schedule a Meeting in a Box or for questions about how to use the online community input tool.

Screenwriting Workshop with Robert Ben Garant Highlander Logo

Highlander Research and Education Center

Robert Ben Garant in character on Reno 911! Thinking about becoming a screenwriter? Have an idea for a movie, but you're not sure how to crack it? Have a finished script, and you're not sure what to do next? Just curious about the business of screenwriting? In three days, Robert Garant will teach you structure and story, give you tips on character and action, help you with your ideas, talk about the business of being a screenwriter, share a few Studio System war stories, and tell you how a kid from Tennessee with no show-biz connections became one of Hollywood's top screenwriters. All proceeds from the workshop will go to support Highlander's work. The workshop will begin with dinner on Sunday, June 30th and conclude with lunch on Tuesday, July 2nd. Registration also includes a complimentary copy of Mr. Garant's book, Writing Movies for Fun and Profit: How We Made a Billion Dollars at The Box Office and You Can Too! To register for the workshop, click here. Registration is limited, so register before it's full! (Semi-private lodging is also limited.) Registration ends Monday, June 24. Click here to read more.
Environmental Activists Protest at Alpha's Annual Shareholders Meeting
By Allie Robinson, Bristol Herald Courier

Abingdon, Virginia, the Coalfields Expressway, a highway that will link Interstates 64 and 77 in West Virginia and U.S. Highway 23 in Virginia, was at the center of a protest here early Wednesday. A group of about 60 environmental activists protested Alpha Natural Resource's annual shareholders meeting Wednesday morning, asking that the company reconsider its work on the highway, which is U.S. Highway 121. Alpha and the Virginia Department of Transportation, as well as another company, Rapoca Energy, have partnered on the road, with Alpha extracting coal and preparing the roadbed as it goes along. The group, made up of environmentalists from regional groups and citizens of Wise and Buchanan counties, held signs that read "Road to Destruction" and chanted "Our streets are turning black/you can't put our mountains back" during the protest outside the Martha Washington Inn in Abingdon. Click here to read more.

West Virginia

Hollow: McDowell County Interactive Documentary

launching online June 20

Hollow, an interactive documentary focused on the people and issues of McDowell County, W.Va., will be launching online on June 20, West Virginia's 150th statehood celebration.

McDowell County residents weren't just interviewed for the short, intimate portraits, but many took part in the storytelling process by capturing their own video. Now next Thursday, the stories of over 30 residents will be brought to life in an online, interactive environment. To read more click here.

OVEC OVEC Action Alert

Save the Date: June 29-30

Save the date and get set to come out to West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, W. Va. Nearly 100 people turned out last year for our forum titled Water and Wellness: Health Impacts of Fossil Fuel Extraction. By popular demand, this year's event has been expanded. There's a full day on Saturday, June 29, featuring two plenary speakers, panelists and workshops addressing drinking water impacts and health problems associated with mountaintop removal coal mining and unconventional gas well drilling, as well as waste disposal problems from both of these industries. Online registration will be up on the OVEC website soon.

Rainforest Action Network

Thanks from Scott Parkin

It's official! According to major finance website thestreet.com, last week's Bank of America shareholder meeting was "dominated by anti-coal activists." And we want to send out a big THANKS to all of you for joining us at the shareholder meeting and speaking out to Bank of America decision-makers, the media, the crowd outside, the teach-in the night before and the folks in downtown Charlotte and surrounding neighborhoods. Click here to read more about what they did.

Enewsletters From Central Appalachia

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Ways to Give


Consider your tax benefits when making a gift to ACF. All gifts are tax deductible according to Internal Revenue Service guidelines for charitable gifts.

Become an ACF sustaining donor by making an automatic monthly donation that fits your budget via our secure website or through your bank. A gift of $20 a month equals a cup of gourmet coffee a week.


If your employer has a matching gift program, your gift to ACF can be doubled or even tripled in size. Your human resources/personnel office can provide you with a matching gift form. Simply complete the form and enclose it with your contribution. ACF will do the rest!

Have you considered establishing your legacy with ACF? There are many ways to establish a legacy gift at ACF that will provide benefits to you during your lifetime and impact the lives of future generations. For more information on how to join the Appalachian WILL Power Legacy Circle, visit our website. You may also contact Margo Miller at 865-523-5786 or via email at margo@appalachiancommunityfund.org.

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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.
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. 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.

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