December 2012
Happy Holidays from Appalachian Community Fund!

Solidarity does not assume that our struggles are the same struggles, or that our pain is the same pain, or that our hope is for the same future. Solidarity involves commitment, and work, as well as the recognition that even if we do not have the same feelings, or the same lives, or the same bodies, we do live on common ground.
`` Sarah Ahmed

We trust without doubt that the stars will be in the sky even on a cloudy night... We know they are there.

That's the same faith we have in the solidarity we share with you . . .
our allies, our grantees, our donors, and our friends.

As we prepare ourselves for 2013, we wish you peace and continued success on our journeys toward justice and we say thank you for your continued support.

Yours in solidarity,

Kathy, Mary Eva and Margo

"Solidarity Constellation" image by Ricardo Levins Morales


Inside Appalachian Community Fund

What First Inspired You About the Mission of ACF?

  • Was it because we fund organizations working to end racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, ageism, and ableism?
  • Or maybe because we fund grassroots organizations working to promote non-violent communities or those working to build organizations that are fair, inclusive, and democratic?
  • Were you inspired because 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?
  • Could it have been the work of a grantee organization had a direct impact on your life?
  • Or were you inspired by ACF because you too believe that, by networking and partnering with organizations working to address the root causes of social, racial, economic and environmental problems facing Central Appalachians every day, we can create more just, equitable, and healthy communities with opportunities for everyone?

Here are ACF, we are inspired by all of it and most of all we're inspired by the amount of our funds that comes from individual donors like you who believe in and support the work of ACF. We're also inspired by the fact that ACF has been a part of creating change in the region for 25 years. In that time, we have granted over six million dollars to more than 300 groups working on the underlying causes of injustice.

Thanks to you, our grantees have touched the lives of thousands with a variety of community-led efforts and approaches to social change. Here is a link to some examples of recent accomplishments and current activities so you can see what your support has enabled us to do.

Your gift to ACF provides resources that make an immediate impact - that will help us through these interesting - and tough - times.

As old unresolved issues that haunt Central Appalachia remain, and as new ones arise, ACF is committed to staying at the cutting edge - for you, for your loved ones, for every person in the region. Please help to make this possible with your contribution.

I hope that you continue to be inspired by the work of ACF. There is so much more we can achieve together for the future of Central Appalachia.

Happy Holidays from ACF Staff and Board of Directors!

We hope you will donate now or by December 31, 2012.
Please consider making as generous a gift as you can.

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Reserve Your Spot in Our 25th Anniversary Commemorative Journal

Two Ways to Share

We need your help!

Click here to buy an ad to be featured in our commemorative journal.

Click here to share a story and/or photos of your Journey toward Justice with the Appalachian Community Fund.

News From the Region

Wealth Creation and Rural Livelihoods (WCRL) Community of Practice Requests Participation

Your Response by December 21 Would Be Most Appreciated

The Ford Foundation, which is providing support to manage and energize our Community of Practice, has contracted with Ross Strategic to conduct an external evaluation of the Wealth Creation in Rural Communities initiative. Ross would very much appreciate hearing from CoP members to better understand your engagement in and perspectives on rural economic development, wealth creation, value chains, and forms of wealth. Please consider responding to this short survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/X22VCKG.

What Would Your Community Do With its Own Radio Station?

Hundreds of Frequencies Available
As early as October 2013, communities all across the country and especially in Appalachia will be able to apply for broadcast licenses. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the public to claim a spot on the dial to discuss issues that affect them the most and to amplify the voices of those not often represented by the media. The Prometheus Radio Project, along with their partners in the field, are helping community groups prepare for this application window and they want you to get your hands on the radio!

What does this mean for Appalachia? It means having coverage for local news and issues that affect both rural and urban areas. It means having an outlet for the rich diversity of music and culture that the region is known for. It means having life-saving information in emergency situations that is not dependent on internet or broadband technology. It means hundreds of available frequencies throughout the region - waiting to be claimed by your community!

The FCC will issue licenses for low power FM (LPFM) stations, which means they have an estimated coverage of 3-10 miles, depending on the terrain of the area. While it's micro radio, it can have a mega impact! And there's more good news - these stations are relatively inexpensive to get on the air! The licenses are only issued to nonprofit organizations, schools, churches, Indian tribes and public safety agencies, so if this sounds like you - get in touch with the Appalachian Community Fund or contact Prometheus directly. Prometheus can help answer your LPFM questions and help your group organize around this opportunity.

Here some materials that can be helpful for groups trying to get folks excited about talking about radio and the opportunity: http://prometheusradio.org/outreach-spread_the_word

The Reclaim the Airwaves Tour will be in Charlotte, North Carolina on December 17, 2012. Click here for more information.
Southern Cultures Invites Submissions on the Theme of "Southern Waters"
Submissions Accepted Through May 15, 2013
Southern Cultures, the award-winning quarterly from UNC's Center for the Study of the American South, strongly encourages submissions from scholars and other thoughtful writers from around the world for our special issue devoted entirely to "Southern Waters." We will be accepting submissions for this special issue now through May 15, 2013. We are interested in reflections on all aspects of Southern waters including music, navigation and mapping, disasters (from drought to flood), property (riparian rights to ownership), faith and cosmology, literature and art, drink, resource and energy (from hydroelectric to fracking), and more. Submissions on water topics such as Southern tears, beach music, bourbon and branch, river baptisms, drowning, resorts, borders, swamps, agriculture and aquaculture, fishing, etc. are all encouraged. To read our current issue, access our submission guidelines, and browse our content please visit: http://www.SouthernCultures.org/.
Gift Ideas That Support Grassroots Organizations

As you brainstorm for gift ideas consider giving a gift that supports grassroots organizing in Central Appalachia. Many of our grantee groups offer merchandise for sale, including books, music, movies, apparel and lots of other items. You can even learn how to give a gift to a community organizer working in the region. Please visit our facebook page and our website for inspiration.

Job Opportunities in Central Appalachia

Tennessee Health Care Campaign Accepting Applications for Statewide Coordinator

Applications Accepted Through December 21, 2012

Tennessee Health Care Campaign is the state's premier non-partisan, nonprofit health care consumer advocacy organization working for affordable access to high-quality health care for all Tennesseans. We are seeking a dynamic, passionate, and committed individual to grow with us as we work towards implementation of meaningful health reform in Tennessee. Primary responsibilities include building and maintaining THCC's coalitions and volunteer base working to support THCC's mission. Click here to access the full job description.

West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition seeks Program Coordinator

Improve Local Food Access

The West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition is seeking a Program Coordinator to help develop, organize and sustain the rapidly expanding work of the Coalition. This position, though currently part-time, is designed to enable the right person to grow into a long-term core staff role in the Coalition. The Program Coordinator's main responsibilities will be to support the Coalition's Food and Farm Working Groups, facilitate its transition into a 501c3 nonprofit corporation, and support other ongoing activities such as partnership development, communications, event organizing, and policy work. Click here for details.

Fairness West Virginia Seeks Public Policy Interns

Applications for Summer 2013 Due April 1, 2013

Interns work in the Department of Public Policy and Government Affairs, which works to secure strategic public policy wins at the local, state and federal levels and to assist with implementation in order to ensure West Virginia's continued leadership in promoting and advancing equality and justice for all members of the LGBT community. Public Policy interns assist with all aspects of the policy program, including: Drafting and reviewing legislation, advisory memoranda, advocacy letters, talking points, testimony and other materials supporting federal, state, and local civil rights legislation and policies; Monitoring and analyzing legislation, regulations, and policies at the federal and state levels; Analyzing federal and state court decisions for their impact on LGBT families; Producing policy-related publications, training curricula, and other educational materials; Collaborating with other social justice organizations to promote equality for the LGBT community; Scheduling and occasionally attending meetings with legislators, administration officials or other coalition partners. Click here for more information.

Funding Opportunities

The American Association of University Women Releases RFP

Deadline to Apply is January 15, 2013

Community Action grants provide funds to individuals, American Association of University Women (AAUW) branches, and AAUW state organizations as well as local community-based nonprofit organizations for innovative programs or non-degree research projects that promote education and equality for women and girls. Applicants must be women who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Nonprofit organizations must be based in the United States. Grant projects must have direct public impact, be nonpartisan, and take place within the United States or its territories. Special consideration is given to projects focused on K-12 and community college girls' and women's achievements in science, technology, engineering or math. Click here for more information.

Americorps State and National Grants Available for 2012

Deadline to Apply is January 23, 2013

The mission of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic participation through service and volunteering. CNCS -through its AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs and the Social Innovation Fund- has helped to engage millions of citizens in meeting community and national challenges through service and volunteer action. Please click here to read the complete Request for Proposals. This AmeriCorps State and National (AmeriCorps) Notice of Federal Funding Opportunity Notice (Notice) will focus grant making for fiscal year 2013 in six focus areas identified by the Serve America Act (SAA):

* Disaster Services
* Economic Opportunity
* Education
* Environmental Stewardship
* Healthy Futures
* Veterans and Military Families


Meeting Dates Announced for Kentuckians for the Commonwealth

Learn About Statewide Campaigns and Get Connected

Kentuckians For The Commonwealth is a statewide citizens' organization working for a new balance of power and a just society. As we work together we build our strength, individually and as a group, and we find solutions to real life problems. We use direct action to challenge - and change - unfair political, economic and social systems. Our membership is open to all people who are committed to equality, democracy and non-violent change. Check out our upcoming events:

Northern Kentucky Holiday Party

The Northern Kentucky chapter of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth will be celebrating the year with a small get together, go over a few house-keeping items, and use this time as an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the year. The party is set for December 17, 2012, at 7:00pm and will be held at Roebling Books and Coffee. The event is being organized by Joe Gallenstein, he can be reached at Joe@KFTC.org or by phone 859-380-6103.

Rowan County Chapter Meeting

This is our regular monthly chapter meeting. All are welcome. The meeting is set for December 20, 2012, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at St. Alban's Episcopal Church. Please contact KFTC for more information.

Jefferson County Chapter Meeting

Not to be missed. Jefferson County chapter meetings are your way to keep your finger on the pulse of local activities, keep plugged in to statewide campaigns and get your monthly dose of chapter socialization. Our January meeting is set for the 14th from 6:30pm-8pm. This meeting is organized by Colette Henderson. Join us at the First Unitarian Church, 809 S. 4th Street in Louisville, KY. Please contact KFTC for more information.

Appalachian Voices and South Wings Share Images of Mountaintop Removal in Tennessee

Photos Credited to SouthWings and Appalachian Voices

The coal industry in Tennessee is fond of saying "We don't do mountaintop removal here." These images taken in October of 2012 present an entirely different picture.Feel free to share them, attributed to SouthWings and Appalachian Voices unless otherwise noted. If you have questions about these images or would like to submit your own photos of surface mining and mountaintop removal in Tennessee, please email tn@appvoices.org.

Get in touch with Appalachian Voices to find out how you can partner with them to realize three very important goals for Tennessee:

Priority #1. Passing the Tennessee Scenic Vistas Protection Act

Priority #2. Move TVA Away From the Use of Mountaintop Removal Coal

Priority #3. Invest in job-creating clean energy and energy efficiency measures

Jobs With Justice Meeting Set for January

Come Network and Be a Part of Building Economic Opportunity in East Tennessee

Jobs with Justice of East Tennessee is a coalition of faith-based and community-based organizations, labor unions, and individuals committed to social and economic justice for working people and their families in East Tennessee. It began as a committee of the Knoxville/Oak Ridge Labor Council and gained its independent charter from the National Jobs with Justice. Join us for our next meeting on January 2, 2013 at 12 noon. The meeting will be held at Workers United, 1124 N. Broadway, Knoxville, TN. Co-chairs are Lance McCold & Anne Barnett. Please call 865-637-5247 for more information.

Local Organizer's Work Featured in Anthology

Arts and Organizing Pair Beautifully

Congratulations to Jardana Peacock whose spoken word piece "A Meaningful Life" has been selected to be published in the forthcoming anthology entitled Stand Our Ground: Poems for Trayvon Martin and Marissa Alexander. To support this social justice-oriented book project or for more information click here.


Congratulations Social Justice Makers!

Virginia Organizing Organizers Honored

From Sandra Cook, Chairperson. On Monday, December 3, our very own South Hampton Roads Organizer, Teresa Stanley, and South Hampton Roads Chapter leader, Mike Stark, were honored as two of Virginia's 30 Social Justice Makers by the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy. We've known for a while that Teresa and Mike are dedicated to social justice and we are so proud of their awards! This year, Teresa and Mike were a big part of the South Hampton Roads Chapter's many successes. From protests to educational events, Teresa and Mike have been working on issues that affect their community like health care, immigration, uranium mining, and predatory lending. Congratulations, Teresa and Mike, on your outstanding work and your award! Photo: from left to right Mike Stark, Marco Grimaldo, Sandra A. Cook, Teresa Stanley

West Virginia

Plundering Appalachia - The Tragedy of Mountaintop-Removal Coal Mining
Plundering Appalachia - The Tragedy of Mountaintop-Removal Coal Mining

See Who's Working for Change in Central Appalachia

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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.

EMPLOYER MATCHED CONTRIBUTIONS 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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About Us


To get involved contact Margo Miller via

email margo@appalachiancommunityfund.org or by

phone 865-523-5783. Thank you for your continued

support of ACF and Central Appalachia. Here's to

another 25 years of Change, Not Charity!

Mission Statement
The Appalachian Community Fund funds and encourages grassroots social change in Central Appalachia. ACF works to build a sustainable base of resources to support community-led organizations seeking to overcome and address issues of race, economic status, gender, sexual identity, and disability. As a community-controlled fund, ACF offers leadership to expand and strengthen the movement for social change through its practices and policies.
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.

Appalachian Community Fund
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