July 2014 
Inside Appalachian Community Fund

Save The Date


Please Join  

the Appalachian Community Fund


as we honor


Bennie Massey and Stanley Sturgill


each with

the Kentucky Appalachian Heroes



for their commitment to

civic engagement and social justice in Eastern Kentucky.


Light hors d'oeuvres will be served, music will be played and a good time will be guaranteed.


Friday, September 12, 2014

7:00 - 9:00 pm


Eastern Kentucky Social Club

278 West Main Street

Lynch, KY 40855


Open to the public. Suggested donation $20.

Table for 6 only $100


Please RSVP by September 8

to Patricia Jones

Via email: patricia@appalachiancommunityfund.org


If you are not able to attend the event, you can make a donation in Bennie and Stanley's honor online at www.appalachiancommunityfund.org.

To Charge by Phone or for More Information:

Please call 865.523.5783


Appalachian Community Fund (ACF) is proud and pleased to announce that Bennie Massey and Stanley Sturgill have been chosen for the Appalachian Community Fund's 2014 Eastern Kentucky Appalachian Hero Award.


Bennie Massey has been chosen for this award not only for his support of ACF, but also for his community leadership addressing issues in Harlan County. As a member of the Lynch City Council, he has worked to secure and protect clean water for Lynch and other cities and energy efficiency in Lynch city buildings. He has taken local issues to the state capitol, working to reform unjust state laws and last year helped host Appalachia's Bright Future, a regional gathering of over 200 people in Harlan County. He has served as president of the Eastern Kentucky Social Club, organizing reunions of African American families who've migrated out of Eastern Kentucky, and organizing youth development, scholarships, and general support for families in need.


Stanley Sturgill has been chosen for this award not only for his support of ACF, but also for his activism and self-sacrifice opposing mountaintop removal. Although recently he has been in poor health, he's continued his work with Kentuckians for the Commonwealth against mountaintop removal, speaking at rallies and hearings, writing op eds, and hosting the government agencies who visit the region, always being frank about the problems of our region. He was not afraid to take the lead in difficult situations, including risking arrest in 2012 as he insisted on his right to meet with his congressional representative, Rep. Hal Rogers, who had him arrested rather than end his years of refusing to meet with him.  Despite the ensuing legal complications, and ill health, he still continued his work. Finally, his hospitality is impressive as he hosts tours of his neighborhood with those who want to learn about the issues of his community. 


The Appalachian Community Fund (ACF) is a publicly supported, non-profit grantmaking organization that provides resources and support to grassroots organizations working to overcome the underlying causes of poverty and injustice in Central Appalachia (East Tennessee, Eastern Kentucky, Southwest Virginia and West Virginia).

We pool resources from a range of sources including individuals, businesses, and foundations to support community-led efforts and movement for social change, to support the training and leadership development necessary to strengthen the work in our region, and to cultivate the conditions for lasting, long-term change to be possible.

ACF awards grants to community-based organizations working for social, economic, racial and environmental justice. We support communities with little or no access to other financial resources and grassroots groups which are often too small, too new, or working on issues that are too controversial for traditional funding sources. ACF also funds long-term strategic efforts to address the long-term problems of Central Appalachia.


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 light,


Executive Director




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The Intersection of Arts and Activism
From the Idea to the Stage: Playwriting and Directing Workshop with Steven Kent and Linda Parris-Bailey  

August 2-4, 2014

Join award-winning playwrights and directors-as well as experienced activists and workshop leaders-Steven Kent and Linda Parris-Bailey for three days of workshops to hone and strengthen your theatrical skills. From first developing an idea for a play or performance piece, to developing the script, to bringing that script to life on the stage, to using theater for social change, Steve and Linda will share nuts-and-bolts elements of craft and their years of experience to help you realize your dramatic vision. Participants of all levels of experience are welcome! The workshop will begin with dinner at 6:00 pm on Saturday, August 2 and conclude after lunch at 3:00 pm on Monday, August 4. Click here to apply for the Playwriting and Directing Workshop. For any questions, contact Matt Griffin at (865) 228-7900 or Matt at highlandercenter.org.


Linda Parris-Bailey is the director of the Carpetbag Theatre, which is a professional theater company dedicated to giving voice to those who have been historically silenced by oppression
 2014 ROOTS Week
Annual Meeting and Artists' Retreat
On August 5-10 in Arden, NC (near Asheville). ROOTS Week is part meeting, part retreat and part performance festival in the beautiful mountains near Asheville, NC.  It's a gathering created by artists, led by artists, for artists and cultural workers/supporters that is rooted in a community of place, tradition or spirit. They'd love to see you if you can make it!  For more details click here.


To Be Takei Official Trailer (2014) George Takei Documentary HD
George Takei Documentary Official Trailer

Appalachian Queer Film Festival Lineup

Lewisburg, West Virginia
Appalachian Queer Film Festival (AQFF) is thrilled to announce the first official selection in their 2014 lineup. Join them in October as they screen To Be Takei, a documentary feature by director Jennifer Kroot (It Came From Kuchar) showcasing the many roles played by George Takei (most notably known for his role as Hikaru Sulu in the original Star Trek franchise). The film follows Takei's story through his time in a WWII internment camp, to Star Trek, to his present roles as LGBTQ icon and the name behind some of the most viral content on Facebook. In addition to screening at AQFF, To Be Takei was also an official selection at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Follow this link to learn more about this layered documentary and be sure to stay tuned every Monday for more #MondayMovie posts where AQFF will continue revealing their 2014 lineup. AQFF want to show these outsiders the beauty of our region and its people. On the other hand, many Appalachians may have little exposure to queer films or filmmakers. For them, AQFF wants to break down any negative preconceptions or stereotypes by introducing them to fascinating queer artists and films and providing the opportunity for them to be moved by their work. 
News From the Region
Photo: Registration is now open for the STAY Summer Institute July 31st - August 3rd in Wise, Virginia! Help us spread the word and register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1aq20Yu5UUWwfFU5vHy6ax_ZIxW3KWY8PDjzfSBDdbM4/viewform
Money For Our Movements


Register for Our Water Our Future

Registration is now open

Sign up to join us at the national day of action, September 8-9, 2014. Mountain activists were busy in DC last month on a lobby trip sponsored by Appalachian Voices, Earth Justice and The Alliance for Appalachia. They met with 24 House offices, the US EPA and the Office of Surface Mining to remind them that mountaintop removal is an urgent issue that needs immediate action. Learn more about this great trip with this write-up from Appalachian Voices
Job Opportunities in Central Appalachia

Appalshop/WMMT Mountain Community Radio

Seeks an AmeriCorpsVISTA

The VISTA will work with WMMT staff to grow WMMT's body of work around food and health. The VISTA will increase partnerships with local and regional organizations doing work around healthy foods and health care, using WMMT as a hub (on-air, on the web, and physical events) through which to grow dialogues, spread resources and education, and host activities and events. The VISTA will also add capacity to WMMT's fundraising in food and health areas. WMMT is the non-commercial, community radio station of Appalshop, Inc., a not-for-profit multimedia arts and education center located in Whitesburg, KY. WMMT's mission is to be a 24-hour voice of mountain people's music, culture, and social issues, to provide broadcast space for creative expression and community involvement in making radio, and to be an active participant in discussion of public policy that will benefit coalfield communities and the Appalachian region as a whole. Read more here here.

Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky 
AmeriCorps VISTA position

The Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky, the local community foundation serving Southeastern Kentucky, is seeking candidates for an open AmeriCorps VISTA position to serve as the coordinator for a community initiative called InVision Hazard. InVision Hazard is a citizen-led downtown revitalization initiative to foster innovative, capacity-building experiments in local entrepreneurship and arts-led community development, including a community leadership institute that will engage young emerging community leaders. InVision Hazard is located in Hazard, KY (population 5,500) which is part of the federal government's southeast Kentucky Promise Zone designation. InVision Hazard also is taking part in the ongoing SOAR initiative that is focused on asset-based entrepreneurial approaches to revive the local and regional economies of Southeastern Kentucky.


Participants in the forthcoming leadership program, developed in partnership with Eastern Kentucky University, will design and launch their own small-scale entrepreneurial projects, several of which likely will take place in the city's River Arts Greenway space, located along the North Fork of the Kentucky River in the heart of Hazard's historic downtown.  The Greenway site will incorporate landscape design, public art, and spaces for performance and temporary installations alongside community and ornamental gardens and a walking path.  It also serves as Hazard's leading public space for social entrepreneurship and innovation.


This VISTA position will take part in and support the Community Leadership Institute, serve as a Network Weaver to catalyze active inclusive participation in InVision Hazard, and coordinate its entrepreneurial projects.  The VISTA volunteer also will serve as InVision Hazard's Storyteller-in-Chief, charged with helping it to communicate and share learning effectively both within its own membership and among its diverse stakeholders across the local community and the broader region. Candidates may apply through the generic link to the opening hereApplications are currently open and candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. For all questions about the position, AmeriCorps VISTA or the community, please email Allison Tse at allison@appalachianky.org!

The Highlander Research and Education Center

Education Team Administrative Support

The Highlander Research and Education Center is an 81-year old popular education center that works with grassroots groups in Appalachia and across the U.S. South to promote social and economic justice. Highlander is located 25 miles northeast of Knoxville, Tennessee on a 186-acre farm and work in local communities as well. Highlander's long and proud history includes cutting-edge work with labor education and organizing, the Civil Rights Movement, environmental justice in Appalachia, and more recently, changing demographics of our region. Widely acclaimed as a leadership development center for grassroots activists across race, culture and generations, Highlander is world-renowned as a beacon for progressive organizing.

Overview of position: This staff position will provide administrative support to Highlander's Education Team, which works together to plan, carry out and evaluate the movement and capacity building educational work of the Highlander Center, and in particular to our Appalachian Transition Fellowship Program. The Appalachian Transition Fellowship www.appfellows.org is a program designed for emerging community leaders committed to working in Central Appalachia for the economic transition of the region. These fellows will be placed in host communities that are working in partnerships across the sectors of education, non-profit, business, philanthropy and government. To read more click here.

The Highlander Research and Education Center
Workshop Center Job Openings
This position is hourly and scheduled on an as-needed basis. This person will be a member of Highlander's Workshop Center Team. This team works together to carry out the responsibilities of Highlander's Workshop Center and other facilities at Highlander. To read more click here.

RESIST is Hiring 

Director of Administration and Finance
RESIST is one of the oldest funders of grassroots organizing and action in the United States and they are expanding their team to include a part-time director of administration and finance. 
The director of administration and finance oversees all activities related to RESIST's finances and administration. These include managing the budget, accounting, audit, taxes, staff payroll and benefits, investments, and information technology. All RESIST staff members participate in our political education activities and our collaborations with other organizations; create and review written materials and electronic communications; serve on the board of directors (after six months of employment); and perform general office tasks. This is a half-time position (20 hours per week) with a salary of $32,500 and excellent benefits. Read more here.
Volunteer Opportunities

Appalachian Sustainable Development

Clerical support - answering phones, filing, general administration.  We do not have a receptionist so we would love to have a group of volunteers who are interested in doing scheduled stints during the week.


Summer: ASD has a garden located at a food pantry in Abingdon, VA.  Monday mornings and Thursday afternoons we have opportunities for folks to help out in the garden with harvesting, watering, weeding, and doing general garden maintenance.  Alternative times can also be scheduled should folks be interested in this type of work.


Late Summer: Each year we update our Local Food Guide with current data for farmers, restaurants, retailers, etc.  We could use volunteers to help us reach out to those who are currently in the food guide to ensure the data we have is accurate.  This would consist of communicating via email or phone to obtain the data and then entering it into our database.


My Life Project 

DAWG is a statewide organization which needs assistance to make sure their website reflects the issues of the entire state. They are looking for volunteers throughout West Virginia to contribute to their website as part of their My Life Project. If you do not live in West Virginia, but would like to contribute to their website anyway please contact them to discuss it. For details on requirements, expectations, perks and to apply to be a contributor visit My Life ContributorAny questions, please contact info@wvdawg.org.



Summer 2014 

Melange is looking for Spanish language support in Morristown, Tennessee. They are looking for volunteers to translate documents, resources and flyers from English into Spanish. They are also looking for factory workers outreach to distribute materials to industrial parks and factories within the three  industrial parks of Hamblen County, Tennessee (Spanish-speakers encouraged, but not required). Melange also has volunteer opportunities in Eastern Kentucky research and mapping. Researchers needed in support of video documentation in specific communities in Letcher, Leslie, Knott, Martin, Breathitt, Perry and Pike Counties of Eastern Kentucky. Volunteers should have a working interest in African American history and issues around mountaintop removal coal mining.


Centro Hispano

As Centro Hispano keeps growing, more and more students come. Centro Hispano is always in need of volunteers to help us with ESL, GED, basic literacy, elementary and middle dchool classes. Let's keep HELPING FAMILIES REACH THEIR DREAMS. Please click here or call (865) 522-0052 for more information. 


Greeneville Farmers Market

Volunteers are needed for community outreach, help with special events, grant research and writing, and other areas. For more details click here.


Appalachian Prison Book Project
The Appalachian Prison Book Project
A nonprofit organization that sends free books to women and men imprisoned in six states. The Project receives hundreds of letters each month from individuals in prison who are looking for reading materials. Volunteers respond to letters, collect and organize donated books, fundraise, and do community outreach. For more information, contact Katy Ryan kohearnr@mail.wvu.edu. View website here.

The League of Women Voters of Knoxville/Knox County

The League of Women Voters of Knoxville/Knox County is seeking volunteers for the following: observer corps (observe and report on public meetings such as city council and county commission); special events (assist with the planning and implementation of League events); and, voter services (help plan candidate forums and/or register voters). If you are interested in learning more, please email league@lwvknoxville.org. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan, political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. For more information please visit www.lwvknoxville.org.


Rose Center Council for the Art 

Rose Center Council for the Arts is a volunteer driven, not-for-profit organization, and needs your help! Whether you have just a few or many hours to give, whether your talent is for leadership or operations, there is a role for you. A few of the volunteer opportunities available are board of directors, Rose service build, artist advisory council and student advisory council. Call 423-581-4330 or click here for all the details. 


Aurora Lights 
Aurora Lights has volunteer opportunities that can be done at a distance. For more details click here or call 304-986-5608. Here are a few activities:


Outreach and Advertisement for Aurora Lights' CDs (Moving Mountains and Still Moving Mountains) - They are in need of someone to help with advertise their CDs and educate others about the interactive lesson plan linked to their Still Moving Mountains CD and their Journey Up Coal River website.


Researcher for Journey Up Coal River - The Journey Up Coal River website is a great tool for learning more information about the various effects of mountaintop removal mining. Unfortunately, some of the information on this site is outdated and newer research is available. They need someone to help them update the website with new research and information to keep the site current and informed.


Content Creator for Rain Barrel Workshop Brochures - Aurora Lights will be teaming up with Keeper of the Mountains Foundation, the WV Clean Water Hub, Coal River Mountain Watch, and Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition to host rain barrel workshops for communities affected by the Elk River chemical spill. They would like to create an informational brochure with instructions on how to build an easy-to-use rain barrel and information on the benefits of creating a personal rain catchment system.


Kentucky Environmental Foundation
Video Production Intern  

Kentucky Environmental Foundation is looking for an ambitious and creative intern (within the continental United States) for our digital video production unit internship. You will be working closely with our team and surrounded by creative professionals. They have ambitious plans, so if you have an entrepreneurial spirit and love digital video production please apply. They are looking for someone to assist with digital video production.  If you're interested in applying, please send your resume, cover letter and the internship you are applying for in UNZIPPED files. Please include any examples of your work in an e-mail to heather@kyenvironmentalfoundation.org to the attention of Heather. They also need a social media/communications intern.  

American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia 

The ACLU of West Virginia welcomes volunteers interested in helping us protect civil liberties. Whether you're an attorney who is interested in working as cooperating counsel, a law student or college student seeking an internship, or a concerned citizen who wants to make a difference, they have exciting programs and issues for you.  Please send your resume and a cover letter to  mail@acluwv.org to inquire about opportunities.


Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (SOCM)

SOCM has volunteer opportunities in their Knoxville office. Contact Casey at casey@socm.org or 865-249-7488 for more information.

Administrative Support -Mailings, publications, membership items, scanning, archiving, researching, etc.

Graphic Design Support - Help the communications director with graphic design work. Help lay out the quarterly SOCM Sentinel, design postcards and flyers for events, and design other publications. The content will always be provided. You would need to have your own design software.

Help Archiving Resources (including digitizing VHS tapes) - After 42 years in existence, SOCM has a of information. Help archive  resources so SOCM can make their history and work more accessible to the public. Digitize videotapes so they can be shared. If you have the equipment to digitize videos, SOCM needs you!

Join the statewide Issue Committees: E3 (Energy, Ecology, and Environmental Justice), Social Justice, and Green Collar Jobs. Work on a great, thorough campaign that can lead to lasting change in our state. Committee members attend monthly conference calls and occasional face-to-face meetings. Members work with the committee chair, the SOCM organizer, and other committee members to strategize and move the work forward. Be a part of something special by joining a SOCM Committee!  


Owsley County Arts Council

Owsley County Arts Council, Owsley County Action Team, Promise Neighborhood, and Owsley County School District have the following volunteer opportunities:


Theater Preservation Project, fundraising for a theater - Now through - TBD.

Contact Sue Christian at (606) 493-7565.


Destination Imagination Programming: actors, actresses (drama), engineers and fundraisers.

Contact Glenn Baker at (606) 560-3313.

Funding Opportunities
Ronald McDonald House Charities 
Ronald McDonald House Charities aims to improve the health and well-being of children through direct programming and partnerships with other nonprofit organizations around the world that are making an immediate, positive impact on children. RMHC takes a holistic, family-centered approach to bridging access to care and is interested in partnering with organizations that have a similar philosophy. To that end, the RMHC Global Grant program supports sustainable replicable projects that are national or global in scope. Projects must include a train-the-trainer component and address issues related to children's healthcare.

To be eligible, organizations must be based in the United States, be able to demonstrate proven outcomes, and have strong partnerships with key stakeholders. RMHC will only consider organizations whose project methodology involves a comprehensive ethnographic approach to research, program development, program implementation, and evaluation. Visit the RMHC website for complete program guidelines, information about previous grant recipients, and application instructions. Link to Complete RFP.
Grassroots Environmental Campaign Funding Opportunity 
Patagonia funds only environmental work. They are 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 they believe that the most direct path to real change is through building grassroots momentum, our funding focuses on organizations that create a strong base of citizen support. They support 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 our 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.
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. 

The Brushy Fork Institute
Brochure and Online Registration Now Available
Preparation for the Annual Institute begins well in advance of September. The Brushy Fork Institute staff has been working since January to assemble a great stable of track presenters, add new and exciting early bird sessions, and brainstorm ways to better provide for your needs upon your arrival to campus. They're glad to announce that online registration is now live, and you may download the brochure for detailed information about this year's event. The Brushy Fork Institute occasionally secures limited funding for participant scholarships through their grant partners. Visit their website here for more information about application requirements and eligibility guidelines. Download the 2014 Annual Institute Brochure
Narrow Ridge
Gathering of Women 
Narrow Ridge  has been hearing from more and more women an expressed desire for a women's group. There is no question that the Narrow Ridge circle of friends includes so many special women with unique perspectives and talents to share. Given all the beautiful feminine minds and hearts in the Narrow Ridge community, so they thought it best to hold their first "Gathering of Women" with an open format in which they can explore how they might co-create a fun, engaging and meaningful circle of support that nourishes both within and outside of their circle. They invite all interested female friends and neighbors to bring their own unique gifts and perspectives to this creative process on Saturday, July 19, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. For more information contact Mitzi Wood-Von Mizener at 865-497-3603 or community@narrowridge.org.
Children's Justice Camp 2014
A Highlander tradition since 1985, Children's Justice Camp returns this year with another chance for children ages 7-12 to develop a passion for social justice. The Children's Camp is ideal for families with an interest in social democracy, justice, and environmental sustainability who would like to spark their children's interest in these issues. The camp will give them the chance to meet other children and youth from a wide variety of racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds for a week of sharing, fun, learning and growing. In recent years, Children's Camp activities have included weaving and waterslides-and writing skits about the inequalities of the U.S. health care system! Children's Camp will take place from Sunday, July 20th to Saturday, July 26th. Children at the camp will develop their leadership skills and analysis, express themselves through art and culture, and learn to see their own power, regardless of age, to create the world they will inherit. Access the Children's Camp 2014 application here. For more information, contact Thomas Coward, at 865-933-3443 x221 or tcoward@highlandercenter.org.
Virginia OrganizingGrassroots Gathering Registration Open!
Virginia Organizing Registering for the 2014 Grassroots Gathering 
Why should you come? Meet new people! The Grassroots Gathering brings together supporters from all over Virginia. Spend a weekend with like-minded organizers, activists, leaders, and members from across the state. Learn something new! You'll learn about the issues, tactics, and philosophies that make Virginia Organizing a strong grassroots organization. With a focus on the idea of POWER and the development of non-legislative campaigns, the Grassroots Gathering's workshops, panels, and speakers will address the growth of strategic partnerships, the path forward on immigration reform, expansion of voting rights, building successful local campaigns, and many other important questions. Have fun! With more down time this year, the 2014 Grassroots Gathering will provide opportunities to relax, talk with friends (and make new ones!), go swimming, or read a good book. The conference center has an indoor pool, basketball court, volleyball net and beautiful gardens. Come ready to enjoy yourself! Click here for a printable registration form. Click here to register online.

(Re)Visions of The Future: Public Sociology, Environmental Justice & The Crisis of Climate Change

4th Annual Public Sociology Conference

The graduate students of the Public Sociology Program at George Mason University organize an annual conference that critically engages contemporary social problems with diverse publics on October 18, 2014. This year's conference engages the robust field of environmental justice and the contemporary crisis of climate change. They invite papers and session proposals-from students, scholars, practitioners, policymakers and activists, alike-that focus on the social impacts of environmental changes and the ongoing and emerging efforts to shape and reshape the future. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Environmental Racism, Sexism, & Classism
  • Political Ecology (or Economy) & Climate Change
  • Human Landscapes & Consumption
  • Cities & the Sharing Economy
  • Weather Events and Disaster Recovery
  • Immigration, Security, & Risk
  • Sustainable Development & Environmental Activism
  • Indigenous Social Movements & Nature Rights
  • Public Sociology, Pedagogy, and Practice
  • And more...
West Virginia
Our Children Our Future Meetings 
It's Time to Get Active
Our Children Our Future campaign to help bring an end to child poverty in West Virginia. Environmental pollution, which brings negative health effects, and the rising costs of energy are directly linked to the problem of child poverty. The campaign has an upcoming Regional Policy Workshop in Hurricane, where community leaders from across the state will propose policy changes to work on over the coming year. Please come and support positive environmental change in West Virginia and ways to lower energy costs and save working families money. The Central Regional Workshop will be at St. Timothy in the Valley, Hurricane, West Virginia. Check out more upcoming events, including Our Children Our Future meetings in other regions of the state, on our online calendar
What if You Were in Charge of Decision Making for West Virginia?
No Really, What Would You Change?
The Our Children, Our Future Regional Policy Workshops, held throughout the state from July 17 - 29 are designed to actually help you do it. The workshops bring concerned West Virginians together to create legislative policies that solve real problems - problems that community leaders have submitted in advance because they believe solutions will start us down the road towards ending child poverty in West Virginia. Legislative policy making? That sounds like something politicians do, at committee meetings, in hallowed chambers of government, right? But too often politicians don't work on the issues we want them to, or they are faced with too many conflicting interests. That's why the Healthy Kids & Families Coalition, West Virginia Community Development Hub and West Virginia Center for Budget and Policy want to get average West Virginians, who live daily with the real problems in the state, to create the policies they want to become laws and then to support each other. Last August at the regional policy workshop in Bridgeport, a small group of people started with the conviction that a single person raising a child and working a minimum wage job 40 hours a week shouldn't be living below the poverty level. They researched the law, built a team of allies and families, and worked with legislative champions to draft a bill to raise the minimum wage in West Virginia. By March, it was law. If you work at a minimum wage job, you are getting a raise soon thanks to the work of a strong team - a team that was part of the Our Children, Our Future Campaign, and that came to the Regional Policy Workshops last year.

The West Virginia Regional Policy Workshops are held in four areas of the state, so that you can easily get to one! They are your chance to help shape the way West Virginia deals with its toughest issues. Choose to come to the workshop closest to you - or come to the one that has the issues you care most about. Read more here. 
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