March 2014
Inside Appalachian Community Fund

Greetings everyone!


Oftentimes, we get calls and requests from folks looking for volunteer opportunities. Those folks really aren't looking at coming by the ACF office to help stuff envelopes.

What they're looking for are opportunities to get out there and to help y'all with what you're doing. They want to be actively making a difference and doing their part in creating a positive transition for us in Central Appalachia.  So, we've added a

 Volunteer Opportunities section to our enewsletter.


If you or your organization have a need for volunteers, please send details to Patricia Jones,  patricia@appalachiancommunityfund.org, before the 15th of each month.

Art and Activism

I'm a strong believer in the power of art and culture as a tool for organizing and creating social change. My introduction to this life of social justice started over 20 years ago with a community based theater company that was dedicated to giving voice to those who have historically been silenced by oppression.


Ever since then, I've allowed that work to create a foundation for me to be inspired by and to work from. I will always pull from the lessons I've learned and look to the folks that are still committed to using art as a form of expression that empowers people and creates positive change.  


So, the next few months, I would like to feature and highlight some of your artistic and cultural creativity that's about creating change in our beloved region.


Do you have work that is for or about social justice in Central Appalachia that you would like to share in an upcoming featured section, The Intersection of Arts and Activism? If so, send us photos, videos, links to blog post, or whatever you have that we can easily share. I may even post a poem or two myself.


Thanks again for reading. I hope you find something helpful and informative inside our March edition of eAppalActions.


 Happy St. Patrick's Day!


 Peace, love and light,


Executive Director


News From the Region

American Indian Leadership: Strengthening Native Communities and Organizations

First Nations Development Institute

This report gives an historical perspective of Native American leadership styles, including what led to the development of tribal governments and Indian-led organizations today, and it looks at the state of existing Native leadership programs across the U.S. The publication was underwritten by Northwest Area FoundationIt is available for free on our Knowledge Center at this link: http://firstnations.org/knowledge-center/strengthening-nonprofits.
Climate Change: 
Evidence and Causes
Royal Society and the US National Academy of Sciences
This new publication is a key reference document for decision makers, policy makers, educators, and other individuals seeking authoritative answers about the current state of climate change science. The publication makes clear what is well established, where consensus is growing, and where there is still uncertainty. It echoes and builds upon the long history of climate related work from both national science academies as well the newest climate change assessment from the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Read full report here.


New "First Nations Knowledge" Webinar
Thinking of Applying for the USDA Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program? 
Will you be applying for a USDA-CFPCGP grant? Do you have questions about the submission process, proposal reviews or other technical questions? If so, you need to attend the next free webinar in the First Nations Knowledge series titled "I'm Thinking of Applying for the USDA Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program-Part II." (This is the second of two webinars dealing with this grants program. The first was held in December 2013.  You didn't need to attend that webinar to register for this one.) On February 28, 2014, the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture released the notice of funding availability for their USDA Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program (CFPCGP).  All applications will be due on March 31, 2014. See the USDA listing  here. Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now hereAfter registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. If you are unable to attend the webinar live, it will be recorded and available on our website. Please go to this link. You can also listen to the December Part I webinar by going to that link.
Job Opportunities in Central Appalachia

Director of Development and External Relations 

Private School, Chattanooga, Tennessee  

Are you an innovative, highly engaged, fundraising generalist with seven plus years of experience building and growing successful, broad-based development efforts?  Do you possess that rare combination of skills which include the art of people management, relationship building and the science of measured outcome delivery?  As the director of development & external relations, you will operate as the lead fundraising professional in partnership with a dynamic head of school, engaged senior management team and a highly supportive board of trustees to advance the mission and bring the school to its next chapter of sustained growth. Read more here.  


Two Program Officer Positions Now Available at First Nations 

First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) 

Is seeking qualified candidates for two positions: Program Officer (Deadline March 15, 2014) and Research and Program Officer (Deadline March 31, 2014). The Program Officer's primary responsibility is to assist in the administration and implementation of First Nations' projects that may include, but are not limited to, organizing and planning convenings and meetings; drafting grant reports; working with grantees under a variety of grant programs; and planning and conducting training sessions. This position is often required to work within the specified parameters of grant funded projects. The Program Officer may work in close collaboration with First Nations' Senior Program Officers and the finance department to ensure accurate accounting for grant related income and expenditures. The Research and Program Officer's primary responsibility is to assist in research, data collection and analyses that may include, but are not limited to, conducting interviews and surveys, writing reports, and managing grantee files.  For inquiries contact Jackie Francke at (303) 774-7836 or by email at jfrancke@firstnations.org. Read the full job description here.


Community Farm Alliance

Eastern Kentucky Farm to Table Coordinator
The Community Farm Alliance (CFA) is a statewide grassroots membership organization that strives to bring a voice on issues affecting family farmers and local food consumers to both state and national policy makers. Since 1985, the Community Farm Alliance has led major innovations in Kentucky's agriculture, food and community policy development. The Eastern Kentucky Farm to Table Coordinator is responsible for coordinating and integrating CFA's Program of Work in Eastern Kentucky that: a. builds CFA's East Kentucky membership, b. identifies and develops East Kentucky CFA Leadership, and c. helps to build regional and community food systems. To read the full announcement click here.

High Rocks

Program Coordinator

High Rocks is actively recruiting qualified candidates for a full-time staff position at High Rocks. High Rocks Educational Corporation, an award-winning non-profit leadership program in Hillsboro, WV with the mission to educate, empower and inspire young women in West Virginia is seeking a qualified candidate for a Program Coordinator. The coordinator will work directly with youth and volunteers to implement year-round programming and will also be responsible for the primary coordination of college access programming, admission and recruitment, the Teaching Project, the internship program and marketing. He/she will also represent High Rocks in a larger community of regional networks and partnerships. Applications can be e-mailed to Margaret Emanuel, Lead Program Coordinator at margaret@highrocks.org. For more information click here


West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition

Seeks Program Coordinator

The West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition seeks a dynamic and committed individual to help build and support West Virginia's rapidly growing local food system. Since 2010, the Coalition 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 Program Coordinator 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 and well-being. The West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition is currently located in Fayette County, WV, in the heart of Appalachia and site of the New River Gorge. The full job description, including this announcement, can be downloaded hereVolunteerOpportunities
Volunteer Opportunities

Highlander Center

April 5, 2014

Good Karma Gardening Circle will be at Highlander on April 5th from 10:00am to 2:00pm working in the Highlander garden and flower beds. They are looking for some volunteers to help out while they are here. Lunch will be provided. You can send RSVP's to Stephanie McAninch at stephanie@highlandercenter.org.


Trail Work Day

April 12, 2014 

The Clinch Coalition will be meeting at the Tacoma Community Center at 9am and working on the Chief Scout Benge Trail. There will be work for all skill levels. Everyone is welcome!  It is the mission of the Clinch Coalition to protect and preserve the forest, wildlife, and watersheds in our National Forest and surrounding communities for present and future generations. For more details click here.
Funding Opportunities
Young Native Writers

The 2014 Young Native Writers Essay Contest is underway! 

Submission Deadline April 22nd
The contest is designed to encourage young Native American writers to explore their heritage. It is open to Native American high school students from all Native communities. For 2014, students are being asked to write about one or more of the cultural images, symbols or art forms that have been historically developed by their community (American Indian, Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian) to communicate a particular message or value or serve a specific purpose. Essays are to be 1,200 words or less and should cover the following: 

Describe the image(s), symbol(s) or art forms selected; Explain how it was originally developed or used by the community; Reflect on the student's own experience about it, including thoughts and feelings; and Suggest why or how it is still relevant today. This contest is co-sponsored by the Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation, the National Indian Education Association (NIEA) and the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI). Contest winners will receive a $2,500 college scholarship and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for a week of activities. For further details about the contest click here.

Social Movements and Food Systems

Post-College Fellowship 

The Real Food Challenge (RFC) Fellowship Program is a unique opportunity for recent college graduates to gain first-hand experience in building a social movement.  Through this 14 month program, Fellows engage in intensive projects on a regional or national level while also honing their leadership skills and food systems knowledge through our participatory learning curriculum and engaged Fellowship community. Fellows come away with direct campaign and organizational experience, new professional and movement networks and a toolbox of relevant movement-building and organizational skills.  At the same time, they support important student-led efforts to shift millions of university dollars away from industrial agriculture and toward just, sustainable food enterprises. Click here for information. 

American Society of Mining and Reclamation 2014
Memorial Scholarships 
Call for Applications
The American Society of Mining and Reclamation will award three scholarships this year to deserving undergraduate, masters, and Ph.D. students (one scholarship at each level) from academic institutions having curricula leading to professions related to reclamation. In addition to a cash award ($1,000 for undergraduate; $1,500 for masters, and $2,000 for Ph.D.), a plaque, one-year student membership, complimentary national meeting registration, and a meeting awards luncheon ticket will be provided. Read more here. 
Arcus Foundation Requests Proposals for Forums to Promote Dialogue on LGBT Equality and Ape Conservation

Leading Global Foundation Advancing Pressing Social Justice and Conservation Issues

The Arcus Foundation announced the formal launch of Arcus Forum, a series of public conversations to encourage dialogue on a range of issues related to the Foundation's work on LGBT rights and ape conservation. The forums will feature speakers and content intended to serve as a vehicle for informing and nurturing advocates, and increasing visibility for leading actors and thinkers working to advance justice in society and in nature. 
While Arcus will determine some topics, speakers and content, the Foundation will also invite proposals from organizations and advocates to either be featured in the series or to collaborate or co-create a forum. The Foundation is currently welcoming proposals from advocates and organizations for events to take place in New York City during the first half of 2014. The first of next year's forums is expected to take place in March. Interested organizations and advocates may learn more about submission guidelines and submit a proposal online here
Addressing Health Disparities in Appalachia
9th Annual Center for Clinical and Translational Science Spring Conference 
Nearly 700 researchers, students, policymakers and community members will gather at the Lexington Convention Center on March 27 to discuss health disparities in the Commonwealth, especially with regards to Appalachia. Conferees will share research, mentor junior faculty and enhance collaborations in clinical and translational science, with special focus on addressing health disparities in Appalachia. The Ninth Annual Spring Conference and Fourth Annual Appalachian Translational Research Network Summit will be hosted by the University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science. The deadline for registering for the conference is March 20, 2014. To register or find more information, including conference itineraries, click here.

Spring Equinox Celebration 

Thursday, March 20, 7-9 pm

The arrival of spring has inspired song, poetry and celebration for thousands of years. And so it is that we come together on March 20, the evening of Spring Equinox to celebrate the transition to increasing daylight, warmer days, planting season, flowers, and new life throughout the natural world. We invite you to join us at 7:00 p.m. at our Mac Smith Resource Center for a brief welcome and introductions before we journey to our scenic Inspiration Point where we will enjoy a Celtic celebration led by Gale Park, complete with fire and hopefully starlight. Guests are invited to bring flowers or greenery for the celebration. Contributions of finger foods for sharing are also appreciated but not required. Transportation will be provided for individuals who are unable to make the light hike up to Inspiration Point. Dress appropriately for the weather and for the uphill journey. This is a family friendly, non-alcoholic event. For more information call or email Mitzi at 865-497-3603 or community@narrowridge.org.


Open Music Jam

Saturday, March 22, 7-9:30 pm Narrow Ridge invites our friends and neighbors to join us for a night of live music on Saturday, March 22 at our Mac Smith Resource Center at 1936 Liberty Hill Rd. Guests are invited to share their talents in a forum that provides equal time to all who wish to participate. Our music gatherings are always a great way to get to know our neighbors and to witness firsthand the amazing talent that exists here in our beautiful valley home. The event is free and open to all ages. No alcohol, please, but feel free to bring something to contribute to the snack table (finger foods only please). For more information call or email Mitzi at 865-497-3603 or community@narrowridge.org.


Highlander Center: Homecoming 2014

Save the Date

Make sure to save the date now for Highlander's annual Homecoming, September 19 - 21, 2014. It's an experience you don't want to miss!

Highlander Center: Homecoming 2014


New Opportunity School for Women  

Now Accepting Applications in East Tennessee

The New Opportunity School for Women (NOSW) in East Tennessee is now accepting applications for its first summer residential program, which will be held on the Maryville College campus July 13 through August 2. The school is designed to improve the educational, financial and personal circumstances of low-income women in the Appalachian region. There is no cost to the women who are selected for NOSW. Do you know women who would benefit from this program? Please urge them to apply. Offer to be a reference. Eligible women are between the ages of 30-55 and live in any county of East Tennessee. Applicants should have a high school diploma or GED, a strong desire to get out of poverty and other oppressive circumstances, and a willingness to work toward further education and improved employment. Participants begin the program with three weeks in residence at Maryville College, July 13-August 2, an intensive period of learning, lifeskills, job readiness, college readiness, and rebuilding self-esteem. There is no cost to the women who are accepted. Download the application here and for more information click here.


Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence

12th Annual Conference

April 10-11, 2014, Music City Center, 201 Fifth Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203. Keynote Speakers include Olga Phoenix, Rachel Ebeling from the Angel Band Project. Plus, three specialized tracks: Advanced Track for Managers and Experienced Advocates, Rural Advocacy track and Sexual Assault Legal Advocacy track. Workshops topics include: Coping with Vicarious Trauma, Sexual Assault and the LGBTQ Community, Best Practices for Working with Male Survivors of Sexual Assault, Economic Empowerment, Sexual Assault Legal Advocacy, Sexual Assault Response Team Topics, Rural Sexual Assault Advocacy and more! Register here

New Power for the Old Dominion 
Appalachian Voices Presents the New Power Campaign

As other areas of the country advance toward clean energy solutions, Virginia lags behind. The Old Dominion is extremely well positioned to be in the forefront of the energy revolution with ample offshore wind, solar and energy efficiency potential, but the state's policymakers and utilities are failing to seize the opportunity. Appalachian Voices and our partners in the Wise Energy for Virginia Coalition have launched a statewide campaign to bring Virginians together, from the mountains to the coast, from the cities to the farms, to compel our leaders to move swiftly to clean energy solutions. March 18,Winchester Best Western, April 2, Price's Fork Holiday Inn, and April 8, Front Royal Lions Club. Email Hannah at hannah@appvoices.org if interested in attending. For more details click here.



Trail Work Day 

April 12, 2014

The Clinch Coalition will be meeting at the Tacoma Community Center at 9am and working on the Chief Scout Benge Trail. There will be work for all skill levels. Everyone is welcome!  It is the mission of the Clinch Coalition to protect and preserve the forest, wildlife, and watersheds in our National Forest and surrounding communities for present and future generations.

West Virginia
37th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference
New Appalachia: Known Realities and Imagined Possibilities 
Online registration for the 37th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference is now open. This year's conference will be March 28-30, 2014, on the Marshall University campus in Huntington, West Virginia. Conference registration and membership renewal is online through the ASA's new partnership with the University of Illinois Press. Register and for more information click here
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