From The Executive Director

Happy August everyone!
Last month we published a survey asking you to share a list of your ideas about solutions or places to start working on regarding correcting what’s been happening in our world lately.
We were going to share results with you this month, but I would like to get at least 20 responses before closing out the survey. We only need 9 more people to respond to reach that goal.
Please take a moment and share your list with us via this survey and encourage others to submit their answers too.  

Meet and Greet
Below is an invitation to our meet and greet this Saturday with our board of directors. If you are in town, we would love for you to stop by and meet our board and staff. Please make sure to RSVP to Patricia patricia@appalachiancommunityfund.org  tomorrow. I hope you will join us!

​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,
Executive Director​

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A great big THANK YOU to all our donors who signed up last summer to support the Appalachian Community Fund (ACF) just by shopping at Kroger.  Kroger has let us know that shoppers will need to re-enroll in order to their Kroger Community Rewards ® coming to ACF.  If you want to begin directing your Kroger Community Rewards to ACF, now’s a great time for you to start.  It's easy.  To get started, sign up with your Plus Card, and select Appalachian Community Fund. Once you're enrolled, you'll earn rewards for ACF every time you shop and use your Plus Card! 
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Transformative Leadership Experience
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Applications are now being accepted for the 2016-17 cohort of Ridgeway -- A Transformative Leadership Experience designed for leaders who are working toward a bright future for Appalachia.  The program is a 10-month immersive experience focused on personal growth, organizational and network development.  The Ridgeway curriculum draws on leading national leadership trainings as well as content specific to our regional context to offer a high-quality and advanced leadership program tailored to Appalachian leaders.
The first Ridgeway cohort in 2015-16 was drawn from leaders and organizations working in East Kentucky.  The 2016-17 cohort will be drawn primarily from the program's base in East Kentucky though is also open to leaders in other parts of Central Appalachia.  The intention is to bring together a 2016-17 cohort that is reflective of Central Appalachia along multiple dimensions of diversity and experience as well as a range of sectors including non-profit, business, government, arts and others that are affecting change in our communities. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis through Tuesday, August 16.
For more information and the application click here
Behind Kentucky’s Progress: Closing the High School Graduation Gap for Low-Income Students
You are invited to join a GradNation webinar that will shed light on how Kentucky raised the high school graduation rate for all students while narrowing the graduation gap for students from low-income families. Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 2:00-3:00 p.m. (ET)

Civic Enterprises and the Everyone Graduates Center at the School of Education at Johns Hopkins University recently released For All Kids: How Kentucky is Closing the High School Graduation Gap for Low-Income Students.  
Join report authors to learn how Kentucky achieved the highest graduation rate for low-income students and the smallest graduation rate gap between low-income and non-low-income students in the United States in 2013. 

Report Authors: 
* Joanna Fox, Senior Policy Analyst, Everyone Graduates Center 
* Erin Ingram, Policy Advisor, Civic Enterprises 
* Jennifer DePaoli, Senior Education Advisor, Civic Enterprises 
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The Brushy Fork Annual Institute
Participation, Prosperity, and Potential
The Brushy Fork Annual Institute is Appalachia’s premier skill building and networking event hosted each September on the campus of Berea College, just off I-75 in Central Kentucky. The event brings together community and non-profit leaders, entrepreneurs, elected officials, students and educators, citizen activists, artists, volunteers, and grassroots practitioners from all across Appalachia to work and learn together. This year’s theme is focused on participation, prosperity, and potential. Building on this theme, our track sessions will emphasize the values of inclusion, collaboration, nurturing creativity, and expanding leadership. 

This pivotal moment in Appalachia’s history poses some challenging questions for us all:

  • How might we harness our collective knowledge, creativity, and entrepreneurship to build a thriving region?
  • How might we best cultivate next generation leadership and what roles will our youth play as innovators, workers, and future leaders?
  • How might we expand participation and ownership in communities to promote meaningful engagement, create economic resilience, and cultivate shared prosperity?
  • How might we build communities of opportunity for all of our regional residents?

The answers to such questions will determine our regional future. 
Event details
THCC Annual Conference 2016
To Your Health, Tennessee:Sustaining the Effort!
The Tennessee Health Care Campaign (THCC) is a statewide nonprofit organization whose board of directors, staff and volunteers have worked for all Tennesseans to have affordable access to high-quality health care.

The goals of this year's conference are: 
a) to educate about, implement, and advance the Affordable Care Act;
b) to increase the cadre of people who can advocate for Medicaid expansion to close the coverage gap; and 
c) to increase the number of enrollees

Continuing Education Units: Some of the sessions will be eligibile for Certified Application Counselor units. The conference is also applying for Continuing Education through the National Association of Social Workers. There will be sessions in which you sit and absorb information and ask questions, and there will be sessions in which you will interactively participate. ​
Conference details and registration
Hands Across Our Land Brings Light to Fracking Pollution
Citizens of Nelson Co., Virginia at a Hands Across Our Land action
Hands Across Our Land, to be held August 18, is a national grassroots action designed to bring attention to the plight landowners and communities face at the hands of bullying, multibillion-dollar corporations in their quest to build new fossil fuel infrastructure. Many communities are facing pollution and contamination of their land, water and air by the legacy of burning coal for electricity generation at power plants across the country, as well.

Find info about this year's event, photos from some of last year's community events, ideas for an event in your community, and a place for your group to sign up for HAOL 2016. The sign-up is important because it allows HAOL to know you are participating and will be the basis of a listing of events around the country for folks wanting to attend an event in their area!
More details here
Register here
Virginia Transgender Information and Empowerment Summit
October 22, 2016
The Third annual Transgender Information and Empowerment Summit (TIES) will be held Saturday, October 22, 2016. One of the major goals of this conference is to create opportunities for connection; and, your participation helps to build a vibrant and diverse space where individuals can learn, grow, and get connected to important resources.
Get more details here
“EXTREME Appalachia!”
Preliminary Call for Participation 2017 Appalachian Studies Association Conference!
March 9-12, 2017, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia. “Extreme Appalachia” is the theme for the 40th annual Appalachian Studies Conference. “Extreme” is the impassioned commitments people have to the region, the land, and Appalachian communities, ways of life, and livelihoods. "Extreme" is the ways extreme economics—excessive resource extraction and use, under funding of public education and services, and dismal job opportunities—have sparked community resilience and activism that advance a sustainable future for the region. “Extreme Appalachia” also references exploitative pop culture products like reality television programming—as well as the countering power of the region’s visual, performance, and literary arts to nurture, provoke, and inspire. In the face of extremity, regionalist scholarship continues to augment ongoing struggles for racial, social, economic, and environmental justice.

The 2017 Program Committee invites proposals for panels, papers, posters, round tables, performances, workshops, or organizing sessions. Papers and posters should feature original unpublished work in progress. The full call for participation with details for online submission will go out August 15. Scholarships are available. Deadline for proposals is October 1, 2016, with the preliminary program announced in December 2016.
For further information click here
West Virginia
Young West Virginia: A Power Building Conference 
Got spark? West Virginia wants you.
Are you between the ages of 14-25 and would like to make West Virginia the coolest place for young people to live and work? Register TODAY to attend the Young WV Power Building Conference happening at Marshall University on August 27th and 28th. Help build a statewide movement of young people committed to making waves of change in West Virginia!

  • Youth-led breakouts on voter engagement, racial justice, mental health, LGBT     advocacy and more!
  • Young WV Policy Challenge
  • Professional networking hosted by Generation WV
  • Talent show!
  • Young leaders award

Like Young WV on Facebook to stay in the loop and follow us on Twitter at _YoungWV
Register here
Job Opportunities In Central Appalachia
Innovation Acceleration Strategy (IAS)
VISTA position in West Virginia
The Innovation Acceleration Strategy (IAS) program is a year long community-based economic diversification planning process. They will be working with five communities in Southern West Virginia who are ready, willing and able to start identifying what they want to see in their community, and planning on how to grow and build these sectors. But, these communities will need support to make this project a success. That is where you come in! Working with five communities in Southern West Virginia who are ready, willing and able to start identifying what they want to see in their community. So, if you are ready to serve in helping communities collaborate among themselves, with local government and economic development officials and sector partners in their chosen fields, then apply for this VISTA opportunity. You’ll help identify and work with community leaders, plan community meetings, help with vital sector research and potential funding opportunities, and work toward making these economic diversification plans a reality for southern West Virginia. Training opportunities are provided for you as well! This is a full time, 40 hours a week position, and VISTA receive a modest stipend and an end of service educational award to pay for college or to pay off student loans. (Here’s everything you might need to know about VISTA…). For more info or to submit a resume, contact me at d.taylor@wvhub.org.
More information here
Center for Health, Environment & Justices 
CHEJ has been on the forefront of environmental grassroots organization for 35 years thanks to our supporters, environmental activists, and dedicated staff. Another vital piece of this puzzle is our interns. If you or someone you know is a college student looking for a Fall 2016 internship visit the CHEJ webpage below. CHEJ has a long history of partnership with interns. With their small staff but national influence, CHEJ depends on their interns for valuable contributions to their work. Interns gain real-world experience in the world of grassroots organizing and work directly with professionals in the field.
Check out the internship opportunities page
Brushy Fork Institute
Associate Director
Brushy Fork Institute at Berea College is now accepting applications for the position of Associate Director. The Brushy For Institute facilitates leadership through skill-building and effective engage of individuals and organizations seeking to improve quality of life in central Appalachia. The Associate Director plays a key role in program planning, communications, and implementation of our community-based efforts. We are looking for a strategic thinker and doer who is passionate about rural development and has experience working with folks on the ground to get things done. If you have any questions about this position, they can be directed to Rodney Wolfenbarger, Director, Brushy Fork Institute at Berea College, wolfenbargerr@berea.edu or 859.985.3859.
Interested in applying may learn more here
Appalachian Voices
Virginia Campaign Coordinator
Appalachian Voices is seeking a talented and passionate professional with grassroots organizing and environmental policy experience to help lead and execute our work in Virginia from our Charlottesville office. Our Virginia program works to promote clean and renewable energy while also combating the social and ecological impacts of new investments in fossil fuels.

Appalachian Voices works diligently to build community level engagement in decisions that impact our energy future. Key priorities for this work include advancing new market opportunities for clean energy through the policy and regulatory arena as well as the private sector, fighting massive natural gas pipelines proposed to cut across the state, and blocking a rush to build new gas power plants.​

This position will report to the Campaign Director and will be based in our Charlottesville,
Responsibilities include:
  • Development and implementation of grassroots campaign plans
  • Management of VA Field Organizer, interns and volunteers
  • Planning, organizing and execution of public events including presentations, workshops, rallies
  • Producing action alerts, blogs and other online communications tools to mobilize our membership
  • Communication with decision makers, including state and federal legislators, regulators and utilities
  • Public communication and education on our issues, including media outreach, tabling and public speaking engagements
  • Assist in the coordination and facilitation of coalition calls and meetings
  • Collaboration with environmental justice groups to support communities suffering the most disproportionate impacts of our energy choices and increase awareness of environmental justice issues
  • Close coordination with, and outreach to, traditional and non-traditional partners including the renewable energy and energy efficiency business sectors
  • Working closely with the Wise Energy for Virginia Coalition, Virginia Conservation Network and other allies
For more information click here
Funding Opportunities In Central Appalachia
Grow Appalachia
Request for Proposals
Grow Appalachia has changed its funding cycle for 2017. They are currently accepting proposals for the 2017 growing season! If you would like feedback on your proposal, they are happy to review drafts that are submitted by Sep. 1. Otherwise, all proposals are due Oct.1 with award announcements and grants disbursements mailed by Nov. 14. 

Grow Appalachia seeks to impact food insecurity in central Appalachia by helping as many Appalachian families grow as much of their own food as possible. Grow Appalachia partners with non-profit organizations throughout central Appalachia to administer the Grow Appalachia program at the local level--delivering organic production resources and technical assistance through a hired partner site coordinator so that families truly have all they need to grow their own food. 

Becoming part of the Grow Appalachia “family” starts with a proposal. All grant proposals should include a written formal request outlining the scope, focus and mission of the project along with a detailed budget of how funds will be used. Grant funds will be mailed in November and the program’s first report begins in January. All coordinators are required to attend a Partner Site Gathering in February in Berea, KY. 

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Candace Mullins, candace@growappalachia.org or 859.985.3687.
Click here for 2017 RFP
ARC POWER Initiative - Now Accepting Applications for FY16
Deadline: Rolling
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), in partnership with the U.S. EDA, is providing POWER implementation and technical assistance grants for activities that address the challenges facing coal-impacted communities in the Appalachian Region. Implementation grants will range between $500,000 and $1.5 million, while technical assistance grants will include activites such as planning, coalition building and feasibility studies in addition to modest amounts of funding for grant application development and writing. CCLR Executive Director Sarah Sieloff participated in an ARC-organized seminar on May 24th in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, providing attendees with information about how EPA's brownfields program can help support the kinds of economic transition initiatives POWER seeks to encourage. 
More details here
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