May 2013
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Who is Your Appalachian Hero?

Nominate Them Today!

The Appalachian Community Fund is proud to call for nominations for the 2013-2014 Appalachian Hero Awards! The Appalachian Hero Award is presented to an individual or organization in the region who has made a substantial contribution to the social justice movement in Central Appalachia on our Journey toward Justice.

Every year, an Appalachian Hero will be selected from each of the following areas; East Tennessee, Eastern Kentucky, Southwest Virginia and West Virginia, in addition to a National Appalachian Hero who lives outside of the region.

Criteria: an individual or organization who

  • demonstrates leadership and a long-standing commitment to social justice in the region; or
  • organizes/mobilizes communities around critical and long-standing community issues (i.e. access to health care, job creation, mountain top removal and energy extraction); or
  • works to leverage assets or has made a significant financial commitment and investment to the region through Appalachian Community Fund; or
  • is an emerging leader (under age 25) who has shown leadership, vision and courage in addressing injustices, organized other youth to address larger issues such as LGBTQ equity and rights, bullying, racism, etc.

Get your Nomination Form Here. We will accept nominations throughout the year. However for planning and review purposes here are the submission dates. The First Round is due June 14, 2013 and the Second Round is due December 13, 2013.

Awards to be presented regionally between August 2013 - May 2014.

News From the Region

Leadership AcademyLeadership 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

Director of Institutional Development


The position is for Director of Institutional Development click here for job description. Appalshop, a regional cultural center with national impact, seeks an experienced fundraiser to coordinate development activities and generate major institutional support. The Development Director will work closely with staff leaders to develop fundraising strategies and to raise an annual budget of $1.5 million from foundations, public agencies, and individual donors. The Development Director will represent Appalshop in a variety of settings and host Appalshop fundraising events. This is a great chance to work with creative, dedicated folks and build on their organization's success.

Summer Policy Research Fellow

West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition

For the summer of 2013, the WV Food & Farm Coalition is seeking a full-time Summer Policy Research Fellow to spend 3 months coordinating and advancing the emerging work of the Coalition's internal working groups relating to policy development and advocacy. Working in coordination with the Program Coordinator and the Director of Policy, the Summer Policy Research Fellow will conduct detailed research on a number of policy issues affecting the local food economy and will produce a multi-state comparison guide of agricultural policies issues. The Summer Policy Research Fellow will also develop materials, participate in meetings with policymakers, review state and federal regulations and laws, and assist in the continued development of a robust and supportive policy system for the local food economy.

The Summer Policy Research Fellow is a short-term, full-time position that will run for 3 months. The period of the position is flexible but ideally would be June-August 2013. The Fellow will preferably be based out of the WV Food & Farm Coalition's office in Oak Hill. Please send a cover letter and resume to wvffcsummerfellow@gmail.com by May 30th. Position will remain open until filled. Click here for more information.

Program Associate

Berea College Brushy Fork Institute

Berea College is currently recruiting for an individual to serve as the Program Associate for Brushy Fork Institute.The Program Associate will work in Appalachian communities, primarily in a four-state region, to coordinate, market and implement programs for leadership and community development. This position assumes the main responsibility for marketing, planning and implementing the Brushy Fork Annual Institute. The candidate will also be responsible for creating resources and designing training processes, implementing workshops and facilitating meetings for organizations and communities, and overseeing mini-grant applications for community projects, which include tracking progress, financial compliance and reporting. The Program Associate will occasionally be required to drive long distances and work long days. Download a detailed position description here.

Web Community Coordinator

Roadside Theater

This is an exciting opportunity to play a key role in an entrepreneurial and creative new Roadside venture. The Coordinator will support Roadside's web community through multiple platforms, including the roadside.org, social media, intranet, and more; as well as play a key creative role transitioning to web four decades of Roadside's experiments in theater and social justice. The Web Community Coordinator is a half-time, contracted position initially based in Norton, VA. Send resume and letter to Roadside Theater: P.O. Box 771, Norton, VA 24273 or to donna@roadside.org (276.679.3116).

Director of Development
Appalachian Voices
An award winning non-profit organization that protects the land, air, water and communities of the central and southern Appalachian region while advancing a clean energy future, is seeking a Director of Development. This individual will join a team of professionals dedicated to bringing people together to implement solutions to the environmental problems having the greatest impact on the region. Our staff share a strong commitment to our mission and a deep connection to the Appalachian region and its people. Based in Charlottesville, VA, Boone, NC, or Washington, DC, the Director of Development will report to the Executive Director. S/he will be responsible for maximizing development functions throughout the organization through close collaboration with our program, communications, and development staff, particularly our Director of Leadership Gifts. The successful candidate will be committed to the mission of Appalachian Voices and motivated to join a team of hard-working, fun-loving, caring, smart and creative colleagues. Appalachian Voices is an Equal Opportunity Employer and minorities are encouraged to apply. Competitive non-profit salary commensurate with experience and skills.

If interested visit www.AppalachianVoices.org for more information.

Director of Center for Appalachian Studies

Appalachian State University

The Center for Appalachian Studies at Appalachian State University invites applications for its Director, a tenured, twelve-month faculty position with administrative duties comparable to those of a department chair, including responsibility for academic, personnel, and budgetary decisions. The Director will report to the Dean of Arts & Sciences and work closely with the Center's Program Director, who teaches and coordinates curriculum development, scheduling, recruiting, and advising; and the editor of Appalachian Journal;both of whom report to the Director. The librarian of the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection also reports to the Director of the Center for Appalachian Studies and the Dean of Libraries. The Director supervises faculty and staff recruitment, hiring, and evaluation; coordinates faculty drawn from 14 academic departments across campus; manages planning, annual reports, and assessment; oversees state, foundation, and grants accounts; and presides at faculty meetings. The Director of the Center for Appalachian Studies will teach, supervise theses and internships, and serve in various outreach capacities representing the Center on-campus and off-campus in community, regional, and international programs. Candidates are expected to have experience in academic administration and demonstrated leadership abilities. The appointment starts January 1, 2014. For more information contact Sandra Ballard at ballardSL@appstate.edu.

Funding Opportunities

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.

Local Success Story Report

Shaping Kentucky's Future Collaborative

Named after a recent policy brief issued by the Partnership for a Fit Kentucky, the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and the Community Foundation for Hazard and Perry County, along with several other Kentucky foundations have come together to create the regional convergence Shaping Kentucky's Future. The primary aim is to build a culture of healthy behavior in an environment of health opportunity, creating a policy framework in Kentucky that closes the gaps across communities - geographic and demographic - in accessing healthy food and reshapes environments over time in ways that safely support physically active ways of life. While still in its developmental phase, Shaping Kentucky's Future will focus its efforts on developing a strategic plan; launch a shared investment pool with funds from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky as well as local family, corporate and community foundation funds; and, develop and implement a shared investment strategy based on the policy brief and the strategic plan to guide the collaborative's mission, purpose, process, and sustainability. Read the full report here Shaping Kentucky's Future Local Success Story.

May 24-27 - Memorial Day Weekend
This year's Heartwood gathering will focus on strategies and actions for Reclaiming Our Natural and Cultural Heritage. There will be three days of presentations, workshops, discussions and field trips, wonderful food, fabulous music and plenty of social time for networking, sharing stories and deepening our sense of place. The LBL area has two very large lakes and they are great for swimming and boating. All the info is at https://www.heartwood.org/
The PlayThink Movement Festival
June 7-9 at HomeGrown HideAways near Berea KY
A family friendly gathering for cultivating a creative, healthy community. Come share a natural playful spirit through a variety of flow arts including object manipulation, yoga, martial arts, dance, aerial play, mindfulness, therapeutic movement, fire dance, art classes and more. Experience the magic of disco dance parties and spiritual circus camp! Be prepared for inspiring workshops from instructors bringing unique talents and inspiration. There will be artists, vendors, and fun to be had of all kinds. Read more.
The Whippoorwill Festival - Skills for Earth-Friendly Living

Thursday - Sunday, July 11-14, 2013

The Whippoorwill Festival, located in the beautiful foothills of Appalachia in Central Kentucky, teaches earth-friendly and sustainable living skills in a joyful, healthy, family-friendly atmosphere. The Whippoorwill Festival celebrates our Appalachian heritage and traditions while helping prepare our minds and bodies for a future world of climate change and a decreased supply of fossil fuels. Together we are building community and working towards a society that will be more resilient in the face of climate change and upcoming resource shortages. The Whippoorwill Festival is an all-volunteer event featuring over 75 earth-friendly workshops, tent camping, healthy, home-cooked meals, and guest speakers, plus campfires, Appalachian mountain music and contra dancing in the evenings. To support the local economy, The Whippoorwill Festival features booths and displays from local artists and craft workers from Berea, Kentucky's artisan capital. The Whippoorwill Festival is low cost ($20 per person per day, which includes all the workshops, music, and tent camping). A community kitchen provides three healthy meals a day, and we will have some food vendors in 2013 serving burgers - please contact us if you are interested in being a food vendor. There are RV sites with water and electric available (no septic) for an additional $50 charge (for the entire festival). Children 16 and under are free. The 2013 festival workshop schedule is finalized and is posted here. Click here to read more.


Speak Your Piece

TVA, Let's Make a Deal

President Obama suggests it's time to sell the beleaguered Tennessee Valley Authority, an "experiment" that began with promise but delivered a series of failures. In a strange twist of fate, a Democratic president is in a stronger position to accomplish what his Republican predecessors could only dream of - getting rid of one of the first creations of FDR's New Deal. To read more click here.

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.

As noted in a recent New York Times article, Southern Environmental Law Center is opposing the University of Tennessee's "research" fracking plan, which bypasses environmental review, threatens to set a dangerous precedent by opening public lands to for-profit oil and gas extraction, and compromises research integrity. To read more about the "research" click here.

May 20-27 in Damascus, Virginia
The 2013 Mountain Justice Summer Camp will be at Camp Ahistadi, a summer camp in the mountains with a beautiful mountain stream gushing through the dense rhododendron forest. This camp is a beautiful and magical spot in the woods with heated dorms and hot showers, plus a nice main lodge building with inside meeting spaces. Folks can also tent camp if they wish. The young people organizing these Mountain Justice camps (and the Mountain Justice Spring Breaks) are some of the best people. They are very smart and very capable, the leaders of the youth mountaintop removal, coal and climate campaigns - and they are so dedicated that many of them work full time trying to end mountaintop removal with little to no financial support. Click here for more details.
West Virginia

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.

Blueprint Communities


The Blueprint Communities of Bluefield, Hinton, Marlinton, Princeton, Richwood and Sophia gathered together on April 4-5 in Beckley for the first official workshop to continue working toward developing a community plan. Blueprint team members took in a series of speakers each dedicated to helping communities make positive change and achieve viable outcomes. Six Community Performance Coaches were certified at the workshop. The next Blueprint workshop is slated for May 30. The May session will focus on developing a civic engagement plan for each of the teams. Read more here.

Southern Appalachian Labor School

Southern Appalachian Labor School

Used Book Sale

The Southern Appalachian Labor School (SALS) will have a used book sale during its annual Cultural and Solidarity Festival on June 15, 2013 at the SALS Historic Oak Hill School. The proceeds will help support programs such as child nutrition, literacy, job training, senior assistance, food pantry and the rehabilitation of homes. People interested in donating books can drop them off at United Bank in Montgomery, Montgomery City Hall, SALS Historic Oak Hill School at 140 School Street in Oak Hill, or the SALS Community Center in Beards Fork. People can also call Barb Painter at 304-673-6370 in Oak Hill, 304-779-2772 in Beards Fork, Ruth Lanham at 304-442-3156 in Montgomery or Gary Zuckett at 304-346-5891 in Charleston for other drop off sites and directions. Pick up can be arranged if necessary.


Represent your County

Let Your Voice be Heard

DAWG is conducting a statewide survey and they need to hear from you. There is only a month to go and have had no responses from the following counties: Braxton, Brooke, Clay, Fayette, Gilmer, Grant, Hampshire, Hancock, Hardy, Harrison, Lewis, Lincoln, Mason, Mineral, Pocahontas, Randolph, Summers, Upshur, Wetzel, Wirt. If you live in one of the above counties or not they need to hear from you, your friends, family, and neighbors. TAKE THE SURVEY

Enewsletters From Central Appalachia

Below are Enewsletters About Social Change Work in Appalachia

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 $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.

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