Happy Fall everybody!!

The year is winding down. 2015 has going by so quickly, we will saying Happy New Year before you know it. Here in the office, we are prepping for our year-end appeal. We have a little more than $69,000 left to raise in order to reach our individual giving goal for this fiscal year is over. You will receive an email describing the campaign in a few days. We hope you will support us. 
Folks decided they wanted to stay in this year for our annual Bluegrass and BBQ New York City Benefit. So we are not having an actual event. You can feel good about not attending. No need to dress up, fight traffic, deal with the unpredictable weather. Just put on your most comfortable clothes and go about your evening.

Please join us virtually in celebrating and strengthening work for social justice in Central Appalachia.

If you are not able to attend this non-event, don’t worry. No one is, but you can make a donation or be a sponsor.


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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ACF Sustainers Club

New Market, TN (Focus on Youth): June, 23-26, 2016 
Over the next two years, Alternate ROOTS will be hosting a series of six ROOTS Weekends. Formerly called ROOTS Regional Gatherings, ROOTS Weekends are a condensed version of ROOTS Week. These three-day convenings bring artists, organizers, and cultural organizers together to build community and share work through workshops, dialogues, visual arts, and performances. The gatherings will be grounded in the work of ROOTS Partners In Action program but it will not be the sole focus of the weekend. The intention of this project is to help artists gain a deeper analysis of the work going on within the region, and to and to lift up the ways artists are working with local communities to develop creative solutions to long-standing issues. ROOTS Weekends will be documented so that the experience and learning can be shared far and wide, throughout ROOTS’ membership as well as the broader field. They are not only looking to attract ROOTS members to these gatherings, but also local artists, cultural organizers, and creatives, regional and national partners, peer organizations, and funders. So in putting this event together they will be inviting proposals for performances, workshops, visual arts exhibitions, local excursions, and more!
Read more here
West Virginia
Friends of Blackwater
Friends of Blackwater is working on a Trail Development/Improvement Plan for several Tucker County trails between the Olson Fire Tower and the Town of Thomas on the Monongahela National Forest. Please take a minute to answer the questions in a short survey?  Your answers can give us important guidance in our planning.
Take survey here
39th Annual ASA Conference
Appalachian Studies Association
"Voices from the Misty Mountains: Diversity and Unity, A New Appalachia." That is the theme of the Thirty-Ninth Annual Appalachian Studies Conference, March 18-20, 2016. The conference will be held high above the banks of the Potomac River in Shepherdstown, West Virginia on the campus of Shepherd University. Nestled but a stone’s throw from Antietam Battlefield, Harpers Ferry, Storer College, historic Martinsburg, and more, Shepherdstown is poised to offer attendees a unique experience that builds upon not only the cultural and historic richness of the area, but that of the Appalachian region itself. The Appalachian Studies Association prides itself on the inclusiveness and interdisciplinary content of its conferences and the 2016 theme allows for an in-depth look at the most pressing problems that face the region—issues that both unite and divide us.

Frank X Walker will deliver the conference keynote address on Friday, March 18 in the Shepherd University Frank Center Theater. Walker, a native Kentuckian and graduate of the University of Kentucky, holds an MFA in writing from Spalding University and was named Poet Laureate of Kentucky in 2013—the youngest and first African American to hold the position. Walker cofounded Message Theater and the Affrilachian Poets and was named one of "the most creative teachers in the South" by the Oxford American: The Southern Magazine of Good Writing. His creation of the word “Affrilachia” is included in the Oxford American Dictionary. Walker has lectured, conducted workshops, and read poetry at over 400 national conferences and universities across the globe. Walker’s keynote address, entitled “Escape from Negro Mountain: Writing History, Righting Wrongs,” will utilize stories and literature to shed light on the diversity of Appalachia. Frank X Walker will participate in a number of conference events in addition to the keynote. Special Plenary VII will feature Walker and the Affrilachian Poets in “Affrilachian Voices: A Reading by Affrilachian Poets.” Poets participating in the event alongside Walker include Kelly Norman Ellis, Ricardo Nazario y Colon, Bianca Spriggs, and others. The plenary session is free and open to the public and will take place Saturday in Shepherd University’s Erma Ora Byrd Hall.

Other special plenaries will feature the Cherokee voice of Lloyd Arneach, who will open the conference with a traditional Cherokee blessing and share stories from Appalachia’s indigenous peoples; the storytelling voice of West Virginia’s Adam Booth; reflections on folklore from John Lilly, former editor of Goldenseal magazine; the extraordinary vision of photographer Builder Levy; and finally the cultural and multicultural ethnographic intersections of Appalachian clogging and African-American dance as explored by dance scholars Matthew Olwell, Becky Hill, and Emily Oleson.
Conference details here
Job Opportunities in Central Appalachia
Rural Support Partners (RSP)
Director of Community-Based Initiatives
This seasoned professional will help lead our Healthy Places work in Western North Carolina. Healthy Places is a community-based initiative of the Kate B. Reynolds Foundation to invest $100 million over 10 years to improve the overall health and well-being of 10 to 12 rural North Carolina counties. RSP is part of the wrap-around support that the Healthy Places counties receive and as such, that works hand-in-hand with local leaders, organizations, and networks to strengthen and expand existing health improvement efforts, develop new ideas into workable pilots, create linkages to outside resources and partners, and support the development of larger strategies that result in long-term systemic change. 
The Director of Community-Based Initiatives will be an experienced, team-oriented, and dedicated community development professional with a strong commitment to supporting the development of rural leaders, organizations, and networks. The Director will work collaboratively with a nimble and highly productive internal team as well as with a broad network of partners within Western North Carolina and throughout the Central Appalachian region. He or she will be responsible for strengthening and deepening RSP’s community-based work, managing complex organizational and network development projects, building long-term relationships with RSP partner organizations, and supporting the internal operations of a growing social enterprise. This position is full-time and based out of Rural Support Partners’ office in Asheville. Deadline to apply is November 29th.
Read job description here
The Carpetbag Theatre, Inc.
Executive Support Manager 
The Carpetbag Theatre, Inc. (CBT), founded in 1969 and chartered in 1970, is a professional, multigenerational ensemble company dedicated to the production of new works. Our mission is to give artistic voice to the issues and dreams of people who have been silenced by racism, classism, sexism, ageism, homophobia and other forms of oppression. CBT serves communities by returning their stories to them with honesty, dignity, and concern for the aesthetic of that particular community, helping culturally specific communities to re-define how they organize. The company works in partnership with other community artists, activists, cultural workers, storytellers, leaders and people who are simply concerned, creating original works through collaboration in a style based in storytelling and song. 

The Executive Support Manager will provide high level support to the Executive/Artistic Director. Responsibilities include project management/coordination, a public facing external relations role and administrative duties. Keen organization skills and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively are vital. The position will also include basic clerical duties such as meeting planning, report production, database management, and travel arrangements. The ideal candidate will enjoy working in a creative, ensemble environment with a focus on mission-driven, community impact.
Read job description here
Kentuckians For The Commonwealth
Community Organizer
Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, a statewide grassroots social justice organization, is accepting applications for an East Kentucky Community Organizer position. This position will staff our local chapters in Harlan and Letcher counties in eastern Kentucky.  Applicants should have a good understanding of and commitment to community organizing and leadership development. Must be committed to organizing for social change and to racial and cultural diversity. To apply, send a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three references.  Please include “East Kentucky Organizer” in the subject line when you submit your materials electronically.  Materials should be emailed to organizerhiring@kftc.org or mailed to KFTC, PO. Box 1450, London, KY, 40743.
Read job description here
Volunteer Opportunities 
WV Free
Volunteer Opportunities
What would WV Free do without wonderful volunteers? Volunteers help them get a lot accomplished in the office. If you want to get in on the action (free pizza!) WV Free's next office volunteer hours will be the first Thursday in December.
Get involved here
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
Digital Archive Cataloging
Looking for a volunteer to help organize the digital files associated with the Birdhouse's history archiving project. Volunteer could work from anywhere. Must be computer literate and have some knowledge of file formats and organizational techniques. The birdhouse is a community space located in a historic neighborhood center in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Historic Sermon Transcription
Seeking a volunteer for transcribing hand-written sermons from Reverend Hargrave, a Black East Tennessee preacher who lived and worked in the area in the 1930's and 40's. Volunteer can work from anywhere. Must be computer literate and have some knowledge of file formats and organizational techniques.

If interested contact William Isom at MelangeAppalachia@gmail.com
Funding Opportunities 
U.S. EPA FY16 ARC Grant Guidelines Released!
The U.S. EPA Brownfield Program promotes the assessment, cleanup, and redevelopment of America’s estimated 450,000 brownfields. The ARC brownfield grants may be used to address sites contaminated by petroleum and hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants (including hazardous substances co-mingled with petroleum). Opportunities for funding are as follows:
• Brownfields Assessment Grants: Each funded up to $200,000 over three years; Assessment Coalitions are funded up to $600,000 over three years
• Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund Grants: Each funded up to $1,000,000 over five years
• Brownfields Cleanup Grants: Each funded up to $200,000 over three years.
CLICK HERE to view the guidelines, and supplemental guidance documents.
Application Deadline: December 18, 2015

CCLR's ARC Grant Technical Assistance
As the EPA TAB provider for regions 2, 4, 9 & 10, The Center for Creative Land Recycling offers free grant review services to applicants of the ARC grants. If you are interested in having CCLR review your grant prior to submission, please contact Emma Leonard at emma.leonard@cclr.org or 415-398-1080 x100
NALGEP 'Tips for Successful Brownfields Grant Proposals' Webinar - Register Now!
The National Association of Local Government Professionals, the Center for Creative Land Recycling, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Kansas State University present a webinar detailing tips and tricks to writing a successful EPA ARC Grant application.
Date: November 17th, 2015, 11 - 12 PST, 1-2pm CT, 2-3pm EST
Registration: Stay Tuned!

Groundwork USA Technical Assistance & Webinars
Groundwork USA's Brownfields Technical Assistance (TA) Program is designed to help communities integrate environmental justice and equitable development best practices into their brownfields redevelopment planning.

Technical Assistance:Groundwork USA has changed the deadline for submitting letters of interest for brownfields technical assistance. Rather than closing the submittal period on October 31st, Groundwork USA is now accepting applications on a rolling basis. CLICK HERE to view the application.
Webinar: Join Groundwork USA on November 18th at 2PM EST, to hear directly from some of the field's most innovative practitioners who are achieving equitable brownfield redevelopment outcomes. CLICK HERE to register.

US EPA Region 10 ARC Grant Webinars
November 17th, 2015, 1:30pm PST:Eligibility/Regional Priority/Other Factors
Join the webinar at http://epawebconferencing.acms.com/r10-fy16arc-eligibility/
Call-in Number: 866.299.3188, Code: 360 753 9437

December 1st, 2015, 1:30pm PST: Question & Answers/Tips & Tricks
Join the webinar at http://epawebconferencing.acms.com/r10-fy16arc-questionsanswers1/
Call-in Number: 866.299.3188, Code: 360 753 9437

December 8th, 2015, 1:30pm PST: Question & Answers/Tips & Tricks
Join the webinar at http://epawebconferencing.acms.com/r10-fy16arc-questionsanswers2/
Call-in Number: 866.299.3188, Code: 360 753 9437 
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