eAppalActions
June

OMG!!! What a wonderful whirlwind this month has been so far.

 

Last week, I was able to attend the 2015 BALLE (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies) conference in Phoenix, Arizona as a delegate from the Appalachian Funders Network. It was a wonderful conference attended by business owners, social entrepreneurs, community funders, policymakers, conveners, network builders, and local economy leaders of all kinds who came together as visionary thought leaders and practitioners who shared their wisdom and experience advancing the emergence of a new economy that's just, fair, and healthy for people, place, and planet.  

 

As I write, I'm in West Virginia with the Appalachian Funders Network, where I currently serve as co-chair. The Appalachian Funder's Network is a group of 80 public and private grantmakers who envision an Appalachian economy that provides opportunity for all while sustaining the environmental and cultural assets of our region. 

 

There's a lot going on right now and I am extremely excited to know that so many folks are working for more just and sustainable economic development in the region we call home.

 

In the meantime, in the ACF offices, we're preparing to close out our fiscal year. We are so close to our goal. 
We need to raise just over $9,000 to reach our goal.

 

Will you consider supporting ACF with a donation within the next 13 days? If so, follow this link and donate by June 30, 2015. Thank you for considering investing in the future of Central Appalachia and for supporting the work of ACF.

 

I hope ya'll enjoy June and all that it has to offer! And I hope you enjoy reading our e-newsletter.

 

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 justice,

Margo

Executive Director


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ACF Sustainers Club
  
Funding Opportunities
Opportunity For FREE Supplies and Merchandise
Schools, Charities, Churches and Other Qualified Organizations
The National Association for the Exchange of Industrial Resources (NAEIR) provides FREE supplies and merchandise to schools, charities, churches and other qualified organizations. Only nonprofits which provide services to the ill, needy, elderly, or youth qualify for the program. Although many ACF grantees will not qualify, many of our grantees and other e-newsletter readers will qualify for free merchandise to be used for care of people in need or to support the administration and maintenance of groups who care for people in need. It cannot be bartered, traded or sold. You may also use merchandise as rewards, gifts or incentives for your staff or volunteers. Over $100 million worth of FREE goods will be available upon request this year, including but not limited to office supplies, janitorial products, toys, arts and crafts, books, tapes, CD's, tools, software, sporting goods, classroom materials, holiday and party goods, clothing and much more.Items must be used for charitable purposes, but there are no limits on quantity or value. You may request anything you want and as much as you want. All you pay is a $59 annual service charge, handling charges, plus shipping if that applies. The merchandise itself is FREE. Click here to visit their website.

 

The HCA Foundation

Grant Application Procedure
The mission of The HCA Foundation is to promote health and well being, support childhood and youth development and foster the arts in Middle Tennessee. Focus areas for grantmaking include: 

Health and well-being: HCA's highest priority is serving as a leading foundation for organizations that promote health and well being. Programs that promote basic health and human needs such as healthcare, housing and food, as well as higher levels of mental and physical wellness can be supported through HCA grants.

Childhood and Youth Development: HCA's second priority is supporting organizations engaged in promoting positive growth and development in children and youth. They award grants intended to promote success in school, character development, responsibility, service and leadership. 

Arts: Finally, the HCA Foundation will support arts organizations engaged in community outreach and educational programs that uniquely serve children and adults in the community. New applicants are asked to complete a preliminary one- to two-page letter of inquiry to the Foundation at Corp.FoundationsGifts@HCAHealthcare.com to ensure that the proposed project, organization, and goals align with HCA Foundation priorities. Please describe the proposed project, its goals and objectives, and the approximate level of funding required. To be considered for a grant, please allow sufficient time (approximately two weeks) for Foundation staff to review and follow up with the applicant organization. Read complete guidelines here.
 
Grassroots Environmental Campaign Funding Opportunity 
Patagonia
Patagonia funds only environmental work. Patagonia is 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 Patagonia believes that the most direct path to real change is through building grassroots momentum, their funding focuses on organizations that create a strong base of citizen support. Patagonia supports 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 Patagonia's 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.
News From The Region
2015 Whippoorwill Festival - Skills for Earth-Friendly Living 
Registration Is Now Live  
The Whippoorwill Festival celebrates the Appalachian Heritage and traditions while helping prepare minds and bodies for a future world of climate change and a decreased supply of resources.  Together the Whippoorwill Festival builds a community and works towards creating a society that will be more resilient in the face of these challenges. The Whippoorwill Festival features over 75 earth-friendly workshops, tent camping, food and guest speakers, plus a community campfire, folk and traditional music plus contra dancing on Saturday night. To support the local economy, the Whippoorwill Festival features booths and displays from local artists and craft workers from Berea, Kentucky's artisan capital. 2015 is the fifth year for the festival.  The Whippoorwill Festival ticket includes all workshops, music and evening entertainment, breakfast and dinner - lunch is on your own - and tent camping. There are 8 RV sites with water and electric (no septic) for an additional $50 charge (for the whole festival). Children 16 and under are free. The Whippoorwill Festival will be held on Thursday July 9 - Sunday July 12 at HomeGrown HideAways near Berea Kentucky. Read more here

Now & Then: The Appalachian Magazine

Submissions invited 

Now & Then: The Appalachian Magazine published by the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services (CASS) at East Tennessee State University, invites contributions for the December 2015 issue. The issue's theme is Justice in Appalachia. Submissions of fiction, poetry, feature articles, profiles, new research written for a general audience, cartoons, and reviews of books, poetry, films and music will be accepted through August 25. Some motivating questions: Where are the front lines now in the struggle for social justice? Which efforts have historical roots? And what new issues or organizing models have emerged? How do aspects of social justice-economic, ethnic/racial, LGBTQ, environmental, gender, etc.-interrelate? How is Appalachia connected to larger movements for social justice? And what role has social media played? For more information, click here
Kentucky
The Appalachian Symposium
Berea College


Kentucky's Premier Writers' Workshop

Hindman Settlement School in Hindman, KY
The annual Appalachian Writers' Workshop at Hindman Settlement School has grown from a small group of writers and folk artists who gathered in 1977 to a strong community of writers throughout the country who come to Hindman to learn and to teach the craft of writing through structured workshops and exchange with other writers. 
The Writers' Workshop, Sunday, July 26, provides an opportunity for aspiring and accomplished writers to immerse themselves in a community of people who appreciate Appalachian literature and who hail from and/or write about the region. Writers of varying skill levels are encouraged to attend. You need not live in the region to apply. Participation is limited to 75-80 people. When the number of applicants exceeds capacity, acceptance is based on manuscript quality. All activities take place on the historic campus of Hindman Settlement School. Evening readings and dances are open to the general public at no cost. For registration, check Hindman's website.

Tennessee
 
Film Night with Potluck Meal
Saturday, June 27, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m
Narrow Ridge invites you to join us for our bimonthly Community Potluck and Film Night Saturday, June 27. They will gather at the Mac Smith Resource Center for a potluck meal at 6:00 p.m. followed at 7:00 p.m. by the viewing and discussion of a film (film title to be announced). Their bimonthly film nights feature films that inspire reflection and discussion about our place within the larger Earth community. Guests are asked to bring a covered dish to contribute to the shared meal. For more information contact Mitzi at 865-497-3603 or community@narrowridge.org

The New Opportunity School for Women  
Accepting Applications for 2015 Program

The New Opportunity School for Women (NOSW) at Maryville College is accepting applications for its second program to be held July 12-August 1, 2015. The 21-day residential program is free to qualifying applicants. The school is designed to improve the educational, financial and personal circumstances of low-income, under-educated, middle-aged women in Appalachia. The Women's Fund of East Tennessee, a fund of the East Tennessee Foundation, along with NOSW sponsors and donors are providing support for the 2015 program.

Fourteen women will be chosen to attend NOSW. Applicants must have a high school diploma, have a GED, or a certificate of equivalency; and do not have a college degree. Participants must be at least 30 years of age; of low income; be highly motivated and demonstrate an eagerness to learn. Participants will remain on campus for the entire three-week program. To learn more about the NOSW program or to apply, please call the NOSW office or visit the NOSW web site here. New Opportunity School for Women - 865.981.8123

Virginia
Save The Date For The 2015 2nd Annual Appalachia Food Summit!
Tickets Go On Sale In March
This year's theme is revival and there will be a special focus on southern mountain heirloom apples. The one-day gathering will feature diverse speakers, panels, a film, book signings, optional site visits, traditional music and a locally sourced dinner prepared by three Appalachia-based chefs. Plus plenty of time to visit. The Appalachia Food Summit will take place on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at Heartwood in Abingdon, Virginia. 
West Virginia
American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) in West Virginia
Happenings
In partnership with the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame, AFSC is hosting an oral history project, "Charleston's Hip, Historic Musical Past" during Charleston's Festival (when "a city becomes a work of art"). During the annual Art Fair in downtown Charleston on June 27th and at the West Side's Ice Cream Social on June 21st, the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame traveling exhibit will be set-up to conduct interviews of people's memories of the music scene in Charleston and how musical venues often were where racial barriers were broken down. For more information or to schedule a time to share your story, email producer Laura Allen at lallenproducer@gmail.com.

On June 30th there will be a Call to Action for Racial Justice at 5:30 p.m. in Charleston WV. The event will feature Farajii Muhammed with AFSC's student organizing program in Baltimore and will include an opportunity to strategize around a racial justice policy and issue campaign agenda. Contact Takeiya Smith, intern with AFSC, at keiya79@aol.com for more information. 

Another event to look out for is the first West Virginia Freedom School planned for August 28th-30th in Charleston. Anyone between the ages of 15-22 is welcome to apply. At the Freedom School, participants will learn about our racial history and how to analyze and undo structural racism in our country through student organizing and issue campaigns. For more information, please contact Lida Shepherd at Lshepherd@afsc.org.
Job Opportunities in Central Appalachia
Kentucky Sierra Club Chapter 
Part-Time Contract Organizer, Eastern Kentucky
The Sierra Club is looking for a part-time contract field organizer to work for up to 25 hours/week in the coal producing region of Eastern Kentucky (Central Appalachia Mountain region) to advocate for a clean energy future and sustainable economies in the coalfields of Kentucky while repairing and restoring our waters and land. The contract will run thought the end of 2015 with the possibility of continuations into 2016. Right now, the Eastern Kentucky Coalfields are in a period of significant transition as coal mines close at more rapid rates than any time in the recent past. There are fewer than 11,000 coal jobs left in Kentucky, significantly fewer than there were even a year ago. The practice of mountaintop removal (MTR) mining has left the Central Appalachian region with legacy pollution to water, air, land, and communities that will take monumental funds and efforts to abate, into the foreseeable future. The presence of the Sierra Club partnering with their allies who have worked to end the devastating practice of MTR mining and supporting efforts of citizens of the region in securing a just and economic transition for the future is crucial to supporting the work that Sierra Club have been doing in the region for many years. The geography and culture of the mountains requires on-the-ground, personal involvement with local people to accomplish the networking and relationship building necessary to make a difference. Read full job description here.

Kentuckians For The Commonwealth
Community Organizer Position-Madison County/Wilderness Trace
Kentuckians For The Commonwealth (KFTC) is a grassroots organization with about 9,000 members across the state. Together, we organize for a fair economy, a healthy environment, new safe energy and an honest democracy. We have 13 local chapters across the state and at-large members in many other Kentucky counties. KFTC believes in the power of community organizing - people working together to achieve common goals. Organizing empowers us to help shape decisions affecting our lives and the larger community. It's a long-term approach that focuses on building and exercising power, especially among people affected by injustice, to improve the quality of life for all.

KFTC members use a range of important strategies to achieve their organizing goals, including strategic communications, voter empowerment, non-violent direct action (ranging from letter writing to lobbying to protests and demonstrations), chapter building, grassroots fundraising, alliance building and litigation. Local chapters are the building blocks of KFTC's power - the primary place where members join, get involved in improving their communities and build New Power. This position will work with KFTC members to strengthen and grow our Madison and Wilderness Trace chapters, organize effective issue campaigns, develop skilled community leaders, and contribute to the vision, issue priorities and goals of the statewide organization. Read more  here.

The STAY Project 
Coordinator
The primary job of STAY's coordinator is to organize and facilitate STAY activities, including: financial health, programatic strategies, general infrastructure and internal and external communications. The position will work closely with STAY's steering committee, Highlander Center staff, and our partnered organizations and networks to determine annual plans and advance STAY's mission. The coordinator will work as a direct link among our membership base, at events, to funders, and with our fiscal sponsor, The Highlander Center.

The STAY Project is a diverse regional network of young people working together to create, advocate for, and participate in safe, sustainable, engaging and inclusive communities throughout Appalachia and beyond. The STAY Project focuses regionally on Central Appalachia and on youth-led initiatives to build skills, develop networks, and empower youth in Appalachia, especially youth of color and LGBTQ youth, through a diverse array of workshops at annual gatherings. For more information about the job, and to apply, check out the job description online here.
 
Our Vote, Our Future
Canvass Director
Our Vote, Our Future is looking for a canvass director to help build a door-to-door canvass to engage West Virginia families in the political process and fight poverty. For the past two years, the Our Children, Our Future Campaign has worked hard to build potent state and local advocacy coalitions in West Virginia. Our efforts have resulted in 12 major policy victories at the state level - from expanding Medicaid to 120,000 new working families and raising the minimum wage, to restoring cuts to vital children's services and increasing physical activity in schools. Through our partners, we have also initiated 42 separate community-led local projects to improve child and family well-being. Our Vote, Our Future's next step is to build a sister 501c4 advocacy organization that will run a door-knocking operation that will build a statewide, self-funding, issue-driven membership base - all in an effort to push policies that benefit children and families. In the 2014 election, we ran a pilot project of this door-knocking canvass, and we are now looking for a canvass director who can start a full-scale operation in 2015. For more information or to submit an application email stephennoblesmith@gmail.com with the words "Our Vote, Our Future" in the subject heading. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.  Read more here.

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.

Over 25 Years Working for Social Change
Since its founding in 1987, ACF has awarded over $6 million for community organizing and social justice work to more than 300 grassroots organizations in Central Appalachia.  Our 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 
865-523-5783 phone 
865-523-1896 fax

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