November 2019
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Black & Pink Holiday Card Writing
 Hosted by West Virginia University LGBTQ Center
The project is designed to bring a little bit of joy back into the lives of incarcerated queer and trans people, who are less likely to have support systems on the outside. A silly card, a personal letter, a drawing, or even a poem you love could mean the world to someone who may not receive any other holiday mail. Just send it to us or stop by the center until Dec. 13th.
Black and Pink is a nonprofit dedicated to providing resources and support for LGBTQ people currently in prison. In addition to their work combating the disproportionate violence faced by LGBTQ prisoners at the hands of the penal system, they also connect those on the inside with allies in the form of pen pals.
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Matching Grant
We have a wonderful matching grant opportunity for every new and increased donation to our LGBTQ Fund! Even if you can't come to the House Party or other events we're having in the region, you can still donate today or sign up to be a recurring donor to the fund.
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The Anchors
LaTosha Brown, TruthSpeaks Consulting, Felicia L. Lucky, Black Belt Community Foundation, Margo Miller, ACF, and Alice Eason Jenkins, Fund for Southern Communities.
The Consortium
Meet some of the women of the Southern Black Girls and Women's Consortium. These ladies are LISTENING to BLACK GIRLS in the SOUTH to shift the narrative!!! #blackgirljoy #blackgirlsdream #fundblackgirl #sbgwc
The Work
Watch this short video highlighting some of the work we did in Montgomery at SBGWC September Convening - Make Money Move: Coalition Building Through Grantmaking.

The American Evolution,

The Henderson present:

A Guitar Summit

Celebrating 400 years of Guitar in Virginia's History

We will be dedicating The Gerald Anderson Lutherie this weekend AND a rare donation of Wayne's #35 Guitar, his first walnut guitar built in 1976. (Maybe get Wayne to pick on it a while?) Also, our Junior Appalachian Musician Room will be dedicated to the memory of Helen White, founder of the JAM program.

Saturday November 23 from 10am - 5pm and Sunday November 24 Brunch 10am at Holston Hills with Wayne Henderson & Friends

Sunday Sessions and Demonstrations 12:30-3pm

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The Morning Rotary Club of Marion, Virginia

Invites Picker’s and Listeners to come and enjoy music and fellowship!

Free to all!

•Every Monday (no matter what)

•Pickin' starts at 6pm

•Coffee and drinks

by Marion Morning Rotary Club

Brad's Tasty Dawgs!

We are VERY excited to have Brad Mullins, Owner of Brad's Tasty Dawgs offering a variety of hot dogs and drinks beginning at our next Monday Night Jam!

Jam to Bluegrass on Ijams Patio Nov. 23
Join Ijams and East Tennessee Bluegrass Association for some great music
Saturday, Nov. 23, from 3-7 p.m. at the Visitor Center!
Enjoy a beer, food truck fare, fire pits and more.
Tickets are $5
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Join the Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence May 31-June 5, 2020 for the annual Senator Tommy Burks Victim Assistance Academy in Chattanooga, TN.

The Academy is a comprehensive basic level training designed for victim service providers and those in allied professions, including prosecutor's offices, law enforcement, child advocacy centers, and other agencies. The goal of the Academy is to improve services to crime victims by enhancing the knowledge and skills of victim advocates. This week-long session will offer a Tennessee-specific 40 hour curriculum modeled after the National Victim Assistance Academy.The training addresses issues specific to Tennessee crime victims and offers people who are new to the field of victim advocacy opportunities to expand their skills and knowledge of Tennessee law by learning from experts and each other.

More information coming soon at www.tncoalition.org and on our social media platforms.


On behalf of Volunteer East Tennessee, I am excited to share that nominations for the Governor's Volunteer Stars Awards are open.This award is the highest honor a volunteer can receive in the state of Tennessee.

Volunteer East Tennessee is coordinating nominations for the following counties in East Tennessee: Anderson, Blount, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, and Sevier.

One adult and one student (under age 25) volunteer from each county will be honored at the Governor's Volunteer Stars Awards in Franklin, TN on February 9, 2020. All nominated volunteers will also be invited to the East Tennessee Volunteer Recognition Awards in Knoxville, TN on April 4, 2020.

Feel free to share this information with any individuals or organizations within your community that may also be interested in nominating a volunteer. Nominations are open to all and are due by November 15, 2019.


Please do not hesitate to respond to this email or call us at (865) 582-4085 with any questions!


Save the Date!

Join the Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence

on March 30-31, 2020

for our 12th RPE Institute at the
Embassy Suites in Franklin, TN.

More information coming soon at www.tncoalition.org
We hope to see you there!

Shape Note Sing In Whitesburg
DECEMBER 7 @ 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Join us at Appalshop every first and third Saturday from  2 P.M. to 5 P.M. as we raise our voices and sing one of the oldest traditions in American music. The event is free of charge, and no experience or “talent” is necessary! Bring a snack to share if you can, otherwise just bring yourself and your friends. For more information contact Ben Fink at 606-633-0108, or check out the Whitesburg Shapenote Singing group on Facebook.
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Have you heard? We're hiring for a Black Lung Organizer position at ACLC. (Hint: Instead of clicking the button below that says "Apply Now", send us an email at jobs@aclc.org with a cover letter, resume, and three references.)
Please click the link below for more information
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Opportunity Appalachia is a three-state program (WV, OH, and VA) that will provide technical assistance resources of up to $50,000 (each) to up to 5 West Virginia-based communities, projects, and/or developers located in Opportunity Zones. At this Summit, we will share detailed information on Opportunity Appalachia, provide project-relevant training on strategies to move Opportunity Zone projects to investment readiness, and launch the application process for the program funding.​​​​​​​
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Remember TGKVF is a source of matching funds for Power grants. Please reach out the Stephanie Hyre, senior program officer, at 304.346.3620 or shyre@tgkvf.org if you are developing a project.
100 Days in Appalachia, a media organization based at West Virginia University, is looking for people from across Appalachia who are interested in talking to national news outlets about life in their community and the issues that are important to them.

The group will be known as the Appalachian Advisors Network, and the goal is to help national and international news outlets better understand Appalachian communities from the people who actually live in those communities.
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Volunteer WV Shares Two Grant Opportunities
The team at Volunteer West Virginia recently announced two grant opportunities to build momentum for volunteer programs. Nonprofits, local and state Government agencies are encouraged to apply.
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The Effing Foundation for Sex-Positivity’s (http://effing.org) mission is to support sex-positivity, particularly art and/or education that addresses sex directly.

They’re trying to fund projects around sex that no other org will fund, particularly focusing on funding people with (multiple) marginalized identities.

In their first two years, they’ve made over $100k in grants to 14 groups and projects across the US (https://www.effing.org/grantees).

The first step in their process is an online survey that will be going live on May 1 on https://www.effing.org/grants ; they have lots of information available through our FAQ at https://www.effing.org/grants_faq .

If there's anyone in your community doing sex-positive activism, please pass this info along. If you have any other questions about their org or the grant program, you can contact 'Kit Stubbs' kstubbs@effing.org.


REAP to Fund Rural Energy Projects

The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) provides loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements. This program helps improve American energy independence by both increasing the private sector supply of renewable energy and decreasing the demand for energy through energy efficiency improvements. Over time, these investments can also help lower energy costs for small businesses and agricultural producers. Funding for Fiscal Year 2020 is available in a variety of forms, each under its own application process and timeline. Grant applications are due October 31, 2019 and March 31, 2020. Applications for loan guarantees are accepted year-round.

Funds may be used for renewable energy systems, such as biomass (biodiesel and ethanol, anaerobic digesters, and solid fuels); geothermal for electric generation or direct use; hydropower below 30 MW; hydrogen; small and large wind generation; small and large solar generation; and ocean (tidal, current, thermal) generation. With regard to transportation, REAP funds may be used for solar-assisted electric vehicle charging stations. Funds may also be used for the purchase, installation, and construction of energy efficiency improvements, such as high efficiency heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC); insulation; lighting; cooling or refrigeration units; doors and windows; electric, solar, or gravity pumps for sprinkler pivots; switching from a diesel to electric irrigation motor; and replacement of energy-inefficient equipment.

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Highlander is Hiring:

Education Team Coordinator


The Education Team Coordinator will be primarily responsible for supporting planning, implementation, documentation, and evaluation of Highlander education programming on site and in the field. The Coordinator will provide one-on-one support to individual Education Team members to support the planning, implementing, and evaluating of Highlander programming . The Coordinator is responsible for helping the team function effectively by convening and facilitating weekly, monthly, and quarterly team meetings and retreats. The Coordinator will support the team to develop collective systems and processes to effectively meet team goals, achieve strategic programmatic objectives, prioritize partnerships and programmatic interventions in the region, support team wellness and emotional justice, and ensure program documentation for communications, development, and evaluation purposes. The Coordinator is also the education team's primary liaison and conduit with organizational leadership and other teams and will ensure cross-team communication, information sharing, and decision-making to meet organizational goals. The Coordinator will also represent Highlander and Highlander's education programming by participating in priority movement formations, as determined by the team and organization.

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We are looking for an Executive Director who can lead the organization with a vision of building on EHP’s array of assessments, interventions and insights to protect communities whose health is impacted by shale gas and oil development.​​​​​​​
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 Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, a statewide grassroots social justice organization, is accepting applications for a Community Organizer position in Eastern Kentucky.
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The Arts and Culture working group of the Appalachian Funders Network is looking for Writers

We seek to commission a writer familiar with both Central Appalachia and the power of the arts to impact community development.
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Part-Time Program Associate
Job Description
The Programs Associate provides the Managing Director direct support by managing the administration and implementation of Alternate ROOTS grants programs, strategic partnerships, community engagement and support programming. The Programs Associate will be supervised by the Managing Director.

The Associate will support the planning and execution of in-person and digital regional meetings, workshops, and artistic re-granting funding and partnership programs. The Program Associate will work in close partnership with a number of projects throughout the ROOTS 14-state region.

The Programs Associate will support the Managing Director and  is responsible for the regranting programs of Alternate ROOTS and support programming that bolsters the work. ROOTS current regranting and partnership programs include Artistic Assistance, Partners in Action, and Partners in Change.
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Appalshop is Hiring

 Development Associate Permanent Position
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In case you missed it last month, WE ARE HIRING! Rockwood continues to grow, and we’re looking for passionate, hardworking, joyful people interested in supporting leaders to transform themselves, their...
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Chief Executive Officer
Invest Appalachia
Charleston, WV
Invest Appalachia is an emerging nonprofit organization & impact investment fund (Invest Appalachia Fund), built by regional stakeholders in Central Appalachia. Invest Appalachia is a transformational effort to ignite regional markets, cultivate dynamic talent, and create equitable economic opportunity for Appalachian people and places. Working side-by-side with stakeholders from across the region, Invest Appalachia developed a pathway to finance community-driven projects by blending philanthropic, catalytic and concessionary investment capital to accelerate the critical economic transition happening today in a manner that is just and equitable for all Appalachians. Invest Appalachia will embolden the groups working on the ground in Central Appalachia, offering a blend of capital to build up strengths and abilities as well as address critical gaps in the financing pipeline – we find solutions to make the impossible, possible.
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Chorus Network Officer Position, Eastern Kentucky

As the Chorus Foundation enters the final five years of its spend down, Foundation staff will be shifting more of their attention to influencing philanthropy towards supporting a just transition. At the same time, Foundation staff realize that each of the communities where Chorus is invested could benefit from additional time commitment--to strengthen connections with local philanthropy and with national philanthropy interested in Eastern Kentucky and to coordinate the Foundation’s local grant making, among other tasks.

The Foundation is hiring four Network Officers, one each based in Alaska, Buffalo, Eastern Kentucky, and Richmond. Each Network Officer is envisioned, at least initially, as a half-time position that includes medical insurance. There are three major areas of responsibilities:
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Brushy Fork Institute’s is recruiting for two positions that will support our renewed focus on leadership development programming for grassroots and organizational leaders in Central Appalachia. If you are talented, energetic person seeking to serve Appalachian communities, please apply for these positions.

The position descriptions and instructions for applying are at the following links:

Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

Rural Action’s community development approach is the result of decades of careful work to increase local control over the region’s rich assets and to give power to the people who are committed to this place, whether for generations or new arrivals. Appalachian Ohio is still recovering from the effects of extractive industries, especially coal mining, which declined by the mid-twentieth century. Such industries, including timber and vertical oil and well drilling – and their decline – resulted in widespread environmental degradation, unemployment, population loss, and weak economies that persist to this day. A new wave of extraction in the form of hydraulic fracturing overlays new industrialization onto a pattern of disempowerment and disinvestment.

Please click the link below to learn about job opportunities.
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Join the ABN Team

We're hiring an administrative assistant! Essential responsibilities include: providing administrative support to the ABN staff, utilizing excellent customer service skills while communicating with members and community partners, and administering customer relationship management software, QuickBooks, and Excel.

Highlander is looking for a new, full-time Cultural Organizer to carry education work that places art and culture at the center of the organizing strategies to shift and move policies and practices within marginalized communities in the South and Appalachia. Highlander's new Cultural Organizer will get the chance to build upon our long-standing cultural organizing programming, integrating cultural organizing practices into and across existing educational programs and organizational practices while identifying, connecting, convening, and supporting emerging cultural work across the US South. This position will also bring a deep knowledge of and respect for spirit- and faith-rooted practices and healing justice into our work. More information and ways to apply can be found here.
Narrow Ridge Seeks Part-Time
Buildings, Grounds, and Systems Manager
Narrow Ridge Center is seeking a part-time, onsite staff person with managerial, electrical, and general handyperson skills who embraces our mission of Earth literacy and ongoing vision of building a living demonstration of a sustainable community in beautiful, northern Grainger County, Tennessee. This position requires an average of 25 hours per week in exchange for $12 per hour and modest housing accommodations. Send resumes to Narrow Ridge, 1936 Liberty Hill Rd, Washburn, TN 37888, and share this information with anyone that you believe to be interested and qualified. Please contact Mitzi at 865-497-3603 or community@narrowridge.org for additional information.
MACED is developing a cohort of New Energy Interns from across eastern Kentucky, with a special focus on displaced coal industry workers and recent graduates from building or industrial technology programs. Some of these paid six-month internships are only available to candidates that are qualified by the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program (EKCEP). To find out if you qualify, be in touch with the contact person listed under the internship you’re interested in. EKCEP and their partner agencies serve clients that live in the service area outlined here: http://www.ekcep.org/about-us.
Internships may lead to permanent employment or entrepreneurial opportunities. Interns that are not offered employment upon completion of the program and are interested in starting their own business may be eligible for financing and technical assistance from MACED.
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Check out ACF's 2017-2018 Annual Report
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