No More!!

I recently  watched the Oscar nominated film Selma. I only cried five times, so my eyes and notepad were  dry enough to write down and then reread the phrase. . . "No More!!"


Martin Luther King, Jr.,  wasn't just a mouthpiece  and marcher for the civil rights movement.  He worked and strategized for ''no more!" He employed the strategy that would inspire and create change: Negotiate... demonstrate... and resist.


His resistance led to  the Voting  Rights  Act of 1965, a landmark piece of legislation in the United States that prohibited racial discrimination in voting. No More!


Given all that's going on right now.... this really resonated with me on so many levels.  There is truly a great need for all of us to negotiate, demonstrate, and resist in solidarity





Thank you so much for your help. 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 
Guess Who Made The Honor Roll?
Funders for LGBTQ Issues
One of the Funders for LGBTQ Issues resolutions is to work even harder this year to increase philanthropic resources for LGBTQ issues worldwide. To that end, they highlighted the 94 foundations that increased their LGBTQ grantmaking by 25 percent or more in 2013. Collectively, these 94 foundations increased their LGBTQ funding from $29.6 million in 2012 to $55.6 million in 2013 - a nearly 90 percent increase. Included in this list are community foundations, LGBTQ private foundations, non-LGBTQ private foundations, LGBTQ public foundations, and non-LGBTQ public foundations. To see the 94 foundations that made the list click here.


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.
ACF Sustainers Club
Funding Opportunities
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Community Trust Scholarship

Diversity Scholarship

Realizing the tremendous value of a college education, the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Community Trust will offer a $10,000 diversity scholarship in 2015 (awarded in two payments of $5,000 each over the course of two consecutive semesters). The scholarship will be administered by the Memphis Chapter of the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE). The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Community Trust, in collaboration with the Memphis Chapter of NAHSE, plans to reward three recipients in recognition for their outstanding achievements in community service, leadership, and academics. These scholarships will be awarded to minority undergraduate students who wish to pursue careers in the field of health care. Scholarships will be distributed to students representing West Tennessee, Middle Tennessee, and East Tennessee (one in each region). The scholarship will provide financial support to promising and diverse students seeking to further their educational goals. A copy of the application can be found online, which includes the scholarship criteria as well as a question and answer sheet. Applications are due by February 28, 2015. You can also get more details here

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!

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 grantmaking 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, their 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.
News From The Region
We are different. We come from different places and backgrounds. We are white, we are black, we are caf au-lait. We are loggers, environmentalists, coal miners, small business owners, parents, and children. We are thinkers, we are doers, we are savers, we are spenders. We learned to speak English first, we learned Spanish first, we learned Farsi first. We had a Native American ancestor, we didn't. We are people who are tied to the land. We are straight, we are gay. We are away, we are home. We are poor, we have enough. We have different skin, different money, different politics, and different realities. We are different, but we are tied together. A fundamental truth?


Stand up.

-Sarah Riley

Victim of Racist Graffiti Responds by Spreading Love
By Erin Beck, Charleston Gazette
Blair Campbell and nine of her friends in Hillsboro stood in the cold Thursday morning and used heavy-duty brake cleaner to wash a 6-foot-tall, 10-foot-wide message of hate from the side of a freshly painted white building. It took them about an hour and a half to remove the green letters, which screamed "N----- Lover" to those driving to work along U.S. 219, the main route through Pocahontas County. They had to remove it like the vandals had drawn it, tracing each letter with the spray can, to remove the graffiti from the side of the community gathering spot. Pretty Penny Cafe served thousands during the 2012 derecho. It regularly hosts fundraisers for local groups, and is the only restaurant in town. Campbell, the owner, says it's supposed to be somewhere where locals can feel comfortable. Campbell, a white woman who grew up in the area, has been married to Charlan Campbell, a Jamaican black man, for six and a half years. "I have no idea where this came from," she said. "My husband has felt nothing but love since we came here. I hope and pray it's an isolated incident." While the National Alliance was headquartered in Pocahontas County and a compound remains there, Campbell said her thoughts didn't immediately turn to the group. The Southern Poverty Law Center says the nation's formerly most organized and dangerous hate group was "almost irrelevant" by 2009. William Pierce, the group's founder and the cultish personality keeping the group together, died in 2002. Campbell said its members have left the area, for the most part. Reached Friday afternoon, Campbell's mind was still racing. Restaurant owner, PTO mom and a volunteer with the High Rocks academic leadership program, she wants to figure out just the right thing to say - the right actions to take. "This is a bigger story than myself and my family," she said. "It comes at a trying time in this country." Read the full story here.

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Applications Now Open for Appalachian Transition Fellowship 
Highlander Research and Education Center
The Highlander Research and Education Center is excited to announce the opening of the application period for the 2015-16 Appalachian Transition Fellowship program. Potential host communities and fellows may now apply and access more information herePlease feel free to share this information with your networks! The deadline for initial applications from host communities is February 15, 2015, and the deadline for fellowship applications is April 10, 2015. The Appalachian Transition Fellowship is a year-long, full-time, paid program designed for 15 emerging community leaders who are committed to working in Central Appalachia for the economic transition of the region. Central Appalachia is defined as West Virginia, Southwest Virginia, Eastern Kentucky, Eastern Tennessee, Appalachian Ohio and Western North Carolina. This program offers the opportunity for fellows to spend a year working within host communities to help foster cross-sector (education, nonprofit, for-profit, philanthropy, and government) partnerships, provide needed capacity to regional efforts, and build personal and professional skills. Through institutional placements, independently designed projects, training, and mentoring, the program gives emerging leaders and host organizations skills and networks needed to advance economic and social change in the region. Central Appalachia is engaged in a period of economic transition. While the decline of previously stable industries such as coal and manufacturing bring significant economic instability, it also offers Appalachia the opportunity to focus on the long-term well-being of its people and its communities. This economic transition allows regionally-based industries to prosper while also protecting and supporting the environmental and social well-being of the region. The Appalachian Transition Fellowship (AppFellows) seeks to increase the connectivity and capacity of Appalachian institutions and leaders while building a collective analysis and seeding projects to change the systemic problems in our region, leading to a just and sustainable Appalachian economy. For more information, please email: appfellows@highlandercenter.org or call 865-356-1655.

Justice for the Mountains
This video was made by MJSB 2014 attendee, featuring the chemical spill near Charleston.

Mountain Justice Spring Break 2015 

March 7th-14th

For fifth year in a row, the RReNEW Collective and Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards (SAMS) will be hosting Mountain Justice Spring Break (MJSB) in Virginia from March 7-14, 2015 at beautiful Natural Tunnel State Park in Southwest VA. Registration is now live! As a participant, you'll engage with the environmental, health, economic, and social impacts that decades of coal mining as a mono-economy have had on Appalachian communities, and learn about organizing and resistance efforts. Beyond mountaintop removal, you'll learn about a broad range of environmental and social justice issues in Central Appalachia, and the exciting work being done by community groups to transition the economy and build resilience. Days will consist of workshops, service field trips, and opportunities to network with other activists, and our evenings will wind down with citizen and local organizer panels, music and campfires, and story-sharing with a diverse group of others working for social justice. Over the course of this event, participants will meet and support the folks working to build a better future for Appalachia, build skills as organizers and change agents, and along the way have fun, go hiking and put a little elbow grease into local service projects! Over 100 people are expected to attend. Make new friends and meet other concerned, caring young activists at MJSB! For more information and to register, click here or paste http://mjsbvirginia.wordpress.com/. More information about MJSB can be found at www.mountainjustice.org.

I Love Mountains Day 2015
I Love Mountains Day in Frankfort - Kentuckians For The Commonwealth
Kentuckians For The Commonwealth
The 10th Annual I Love Mountains Day rally and lobby day will be Thursday, 
February 12, 2015 - 12:00pm to 2:15pm at the State Capitol in Frankfort (700 Capitol Avenue, Frankfort, KY 40601). If you have any questions, please contact info@kftc.org or call: 606-878-2161. If you are planning to attend, please fill out our registration form here.

Appalachian Studies Association Conference Scholarship Deadline

February 18, 2015
The Appalachian Studies Association Conference (ASA) provides scholarships to those unable to attend the annual conference because of financial reasons. They truly love funding people. It is part of their mission. In the past they have been able to fund most of those who have requested a scholarship. Their funds are limited so they continue to prioritize their scholarships according to those with the most need. To apply for a scholarship for the upcoming Appalachian Studies Conference in Johnson City, Tennessee, March 27-29, 2015, please visit click here


Growing Agriculture: Farming for the Ages

Don't Wait Till The Cows Come Home....Register Now!  
One on one sessions with financial, legal, real estate, and agricultural business consultants. Exhibitors, locally grown lunch, and varying workshop sessions including bu not limited to: Marketing and advertising, agritourism, and farm administration. Questions? Want to be a sponsor or exhibitor? Want to register? To register, click here. Or, you can email goicl@etsu.edu. And, if that is not enough...you can call 1-800-222-3878.

Gerardo's Story 
Children at the Border 
Thousands of children-primarily from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras-have endured a long and dangerous journey this year to the U.S. as they seek refuge from horrific violence in their home countries. Gerardo is one of those children. As he details in this Tennessean article, Gerardo's journey began in Honduras, which has the highest murder rate in the world. Over the first five months of 2014, an average of 90 children were killed monthly; in May, the month before Gerardo left, the number had risen to 102. Seeking safety, security and opportunity, Gerardo fled these conditions and took the dangerous journey to be reunited with his aunt and longtime TIRRC member Dania. TIRRC are inspired by Gerardo's courage and resiliency, and grateful for the support he has received from Dania and the community. When Gerardo and unaccompanied children like him arrive in our country, they are placed into deportation proceedings. When they appear in court without a lawyer, nine out of 10 are deported; with a lawyer, the rate drops to one in five. According to the (Memphis) Commercial Appeal, more than 60 percent of children who were to appear in the Memphis immigration court in October did not have a lawyer. Every child deserves a chance to tell their story and ask for protection in this country. As a community, we must work together to ensure representation for these children so they have a fair chance on their day in court. Outside of the immigration court proceedings, nonimmigration attorneys are also needed across the state to help obtain orders of guardianship in probate court. This is a critical step before many of these children can proceed with applications for immigration relief. To sign up to volunteer as a pro bono attorney, click here.


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

"The Changing Demographics of Appalachia"
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. Stay tuned for more information as it develops. The entire conference is free. Read more here.
Lynchburg Grows Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
Winter 2014 Sign-Up
Lynchburg Grows will produce and find locally grown food and value-added artisan foods from October 15, 2014 to April 29, 2015. Each week on Wednesdays from 11 am - 6 pm, you and your family will be able to pick up your share. This basket of produce is called a half-share, and is basically the CSA members 'share' in our farm. Our half-share is $15 per week serves 1-2 people. This CSA program is a month to month commitment; payments are due on the second Wednesday of each month. Lynchburg Grows Winter CSA 2014-15 sign-up!
West Virginia
A  Month of Water
Water Unites Us! 
We, the Ohio Valley Enviromental Coalition (OVEC), needs your help in observing the one-year anniversary of the careless contamination of the drinking water of more than 300,000 West Virginians. We need to make sure more is done to protect water across the state. With continued citizen pressure, we assure the progress we've made in 2014 toward cleaner, safer water continues. Together, we can make certain all provisions of the Above Ground Storage Tank Bill are maintained during the 2015 West Virginia Legislative Session. Mark your calendars now and plan to join us for these events in January. Invite your friends and family to attend these events, organized by several citizen groups that have been working together to defend our water. We still have much to do to make certain we restore and defend clean water for West Virginians. Come out in January to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the chemical contamination of 300,000 West Virginia's drinking water. Come out to safeguard our progress toward cleaner, safer water. Bring your friends and family. Please check ohvec.org/water for updates.

No More MTR Permits Day 
Hosted by The People's Foot
West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) continues to issue mountaintop removal permits that allow the coal industry to blast West Virginia mountains with high explosives unleashing fine particulates of silica, aluminum, and molybdenum dust. These dust particulates are proven to promote lung tumors. The People will no longer stand silent while the West Virginia DEP with the blessing of Senator Joe Manchin and Governor continue to encourage and support the poisoning of our children with toxins that cause cancer. Join The People on March 16: 11:00 a.m. at the West Virginia DEP, 601 57th Street SE Charleston, West Virginia, 25304, to send a loud and firm message to the Secretary of the West Virginia DEP; No more permits, Stop allowing this murderous act to continue, It ends today! More info here.

West Virginia Physical Activity Network Launch!
Save the Week!
The Hub is working with the West Virginia Department of Public Health, West Virginia University's Health Sciences Center, the Healthy Kids and Families Coalition, Try This!, Keys for Healthy Kids, and others to convene a statewide physical activity network. Get yourself, your family, and friends moving and help us make our official launch of this network huge! April 12-18, 2015 is the official launch of West Virginia's Physical Activity Network. There is so much happening around the state to help get people moving. We are learning that our work is so much more effective if we are working together. The West Virginia Physical Activity Network is dedicated to pulling together all of the amazing people and organizations who are already doing this work to make the impact so much bigger! Help us make this launch HUGE! For more information contact Amanda Yager: email a.yager@wvhub.org or 804-543-1761.

Save the week of April 12-18 to,
1. Get Active
2. Take a healthy selfie
3. Tag is #ActiveWV and see all the movement happening around West Virginia 
Job Opportunities in Central Appalachia
Our Vote, Our Future
Canvass Director
Our Vote, Our Future is looking for a Canvass Director to help build a door-to-door canvass to engage West Virginia families in the political process and fight poverty. For the past two years, the Our Children, Our Future Campaign has worked hard to build potent state and local advocacy coalitions in West Virginia. Our efforts have resulted in 12 major policy victories at the state level - from expanding Medicaid to 120,000 new working families and raising the minimum wage, to restoring cuts to vital children's services and increasing physical activity in schools. Through our partners, we have also initiated 42 separate community-led local projects to improve child and family well-being. Our Vote, Our Future's next step is to build a sister 501c4 advocacy organization that will run a door-knocking operation that will build a statewide, self-funding, issue-driven membership base - all in an effort to push policies that benefit children and families. In the 2014 election, we ran a pilot project of this door-knocking canvass, and we are now looking for a Canvass Director who can stand up a full-scale operation in 2015. For more information or to submit an application email stephennoblesmith@gmail.com with the words "Our Vote, Our Future" in the subject heading. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis. 

Conservation Legacy VISTA Program
Recruitment and Training Coordinator
The Recruiting and Professional Development Coordinator will oversee and manage recruitment
and training for our National VISTA program. The Coordinator will manage the recruitment
process by posting and tracking incoming candidates, organize and conduct interviews, assist
recruits with the enrollment process and ensure that incoming VISTAs have the necessary
information and paperwork for their year of service. This position will also reach out to colleges,
universities and various hiring firms to promote the OSMRE and DOI VISTA Teams. In keeping
with our mission to provide professional development opportunities for our members, the
successful candidate will identify training opportunities for current members, arrange webinars,
and assist in the development and implementation of the bi-annual team trainings, east and
west. Finally, the position will support our masters' degree programs with various colleges and
universities and assure that VISTAs interested in federal service are connected to federal hiring
offices, specifically the bureaus within the Department of the Interior and in the Office of Surface
Mining Reclamation and Enforcement. Read full description here.

Kentuckians For The Commonwealth
Development Director
Kentuckians For The Commonwealth (KFTC), a well established and respected statewide citizens social justice organization, is seeking to hire a Development Director. The Development Director is part of a five person management team responsible for planning, supervising, and executing the organization's overall mission and goals. The role of the Development Director will be to work with the KFTC leaders and staff to manage a dynamic and evolving grassroots fundraising and membership recruitment and renewal program with a strong emphasis on leadership development, community events and outreach, major gifts and pledge programs, and organizational sales. Read more here.

Dogwood Alliance is Hiring
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.

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.

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. 

Appalachian Community Fund 
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865-523-1896 fax

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