Oh my goodness, what a wonderful time we had last weekend in Virginia! You can see some of the photos by clicking the links below.
First we welcomed our
new board members before going on to an almost all day brainstorming session. I’m very excited about the work we did. And am pleased and honored to have the folks on the board that we do. Please make sure to keep your eyes on our website and Facebook page for updates.
Then we put on our party hats and celebrated the birthdays of two board members at the
Fabulous Birthday Bash. I tell you what; we Appalachians know how to have a good time. I haven’t seen so much dancing and music making in a long time.
Finally, we got up on Sunday morning and went to the
Grantee Brunch hosted by the Stay Project and the Southern Appalachia Mountain Stewards. There were close to 40 of us who fellowshipped over a yummy breakfast and shared stories about the engaging work we all do here in Central Appalachia. This gathering is only one of many we have planned for the upcoming year. I have to stress again, please make sure to follow us for more information.
WHEW!! I’m still catching my breath. We had so much fun and it was really great getting to meet some folks for the first time. Thanks to everyone who came out to support ACF and celebrate with us.
Alrighty, time for me to calm down, shut my trap, and get back to work! I love ya’ll and am so grateful to have the opportunity to be about making some
Change, not Charity work with folks like you here in Central Appalachia!
Peace, love, and justice,
Executive Director

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Featured Story
Carol Judy, Community Land Trust Founder, Environmental Activist; Clear Fork Valley, Tennessee, Campbell & Claiborne Counties
Humans Of Central Appalachia 
“We’re part of them [the mountains] and they like us…people have always been part of the story, but not all of the story. Clear Fork Valley encompasses two states and four counties; Campbell and Claiborne in Tennessee, and Bell and Whitley in Kentucky. The first ten years of my life, I lived in Florida, the next eight more or less, I lived in Plains, Georgia, moved back to Florida, married a boy from the hills, and came home to Tennessee.

We managed to make it about seven and a half years living in and out of the mountains, and I just decided I didn’t know how to make the relationship work, so I walked the path of divorce. [I] had my two kids, moved back to the mountains per se, until my children wanted to come back home, and get to know their daddy. My daughter was twelve, thirteen at the time, and my son was younger, and I was ready to come back home myself, because the mountains called.

One of my granddaddies was from the Big Sandy up in Appalachia. I would imagine, if I looked hard enough, I could discover varied kinds of traditional roots here. On my paternal grandfather’s side, the family name was Brown, the other name was Rose. You can find your roots, if you need to.

(What makes this place special?) Freedom. Fulfillment. Connections. (Sighs) Interesting things. Knowledge. Good people. An ecosystem that lets me learn with it, and the potential for helping others to discover better balance. There’s a lot of healing that has to be done, and you heal best if you’re able to look at what’s going on.

Oh, I’m a Jane of all trades, and a master of none of ‘em. (Laughs) I have twenty-five years in the food service; waitressing, hosting, bartending, doing that kind of people work. I dig roots, and used to sell roots, until I got to recognizing that the injustices far outweighed the money I was gaining, so I took it a different track. I drew Welfare, and taught myself that’s not a handout, a gift. Everybody needs to feel like they have earned that money, so I worked within my community helping to create a community land trust, establishing some educational systems [and] generally wreaking havoc in some people’s lives, to tell you the truth.

It’s a community land trust, and one of the first that was formed in our country. Every state has different laws about land trusts, and community land trusts, in particular. This one is designed along, like the Jewish masad, so the land is owned communally. Individual developments on the land, like your house and all, belong to the individual and you have a lifetime lease on your homestead acre.

We bought every acre of land we’ve ever acquired. The first seventeen was a gift from a failed not-for-profit. That was someone in the community who thought establishing a Danish folk school was a fine idea. It is, and was a fine idea, but it needed more support than the community could give it.

Probably close to five hundred [live there] by now. It’s an interesting mix. The land trust was conceived to enable people to build a home their way. Having acquired the land previously in my community of place, there had been forty-some odd acres of land acquired by another group of citizens. They did the very traditional one of laying out lots, and selling the lot, and let people build the houses, and they kept the house and land ownership directly tied.

With [our] land trust, one of the reasons we did it was because in cash poor communities, when push comes to shove, you sell whatever you’ve got to make sure some kind of critical need is met, albeit, healthcare, death in the family, what have you. The land trust was a way of collectively owning it, and maintaining it together. I guess the scariest thing about it, if people really stop and think about it, is it takes land off the public market. So, is my community land trust a form of public trust?

I lived on it, worked on it, worked for it, but I don’t live on the land trust at this time. I have a history of being a founder, and I still consider it part of my life. The goals of the land trust are to be able to let people be engaged in living a rural culture type of life. Housing is such a critical necessity that we get slam bagged by the more immediate need, and lose sight of that longer-term goal.

I did a lot, built houses very innovatively with programs, tried to bring in the typical mortgage financing to meet the state mandate. We don’t even meet the critical needs. We’ve built to these standards, and now we don’t even have the kind of income that would let people have the mortgage financing required.

What I’ve learned from [this is] I’m a place based educator. We got so caught up in the housing we step back from how to sustain our housing longer term. Knowing that we were managing and making do, and taking advantage of programs to secure some good, solid foundational kind of housing and different ways of training [but] programs lack enough manpower to keep that multi-facet development scheme going.

I continue to focus on young people, and the woods, and started helping create the Clear Fork Community Institute [CCI}, which is a separate 501c3, but owns a ninety-nine year lease on land from the land trust. How sweet is that?

CCI [is about] lifting the live/learn lessons of our community up and out, and try to make ‘em visible so that we can better define where we want our community to go.
There’s what some people would call some subsistence farming. People do raise beef, and go to take some produce or some livestock to market up in Corbin. There’s a butcher that lives up the valley, he’ll butcher what you raise and package it for you. Gardens are kind of there, hayfields. We can sustain ourselves in some levels, but I guess the biggest thing we contribute to a larger marketplace is we’re the cash poor folks that have an economy built around our poverty from our perception.

It’s a food stamps, Welfare, crippling economy, because it lets you kind of sustain or meet some basics, but not even really that, so you are always trying…so your energy’s burnt up trying to manage, and maintain, and scrap, and make do.

For rural people, if you stop and think about it, we’ve never had all our income in one way. People defined it as farming and it sounds like one income, but farming is multi layers of incomes. And quality of life has to be addressed as part of it, so how farming has been presented and people’s experience of it, is sometimes not defined by personal knowledge.

Carol Judy’s answer [to the regional economy]; is people struggle to have hope, but they haven’t given up. We know that we don’t have any problems that are any worse than anybody else, so commonality of our issues can lead us to work together toward better solutions. Being able to anticipate things, being able to name things, should help make that happen.

No rural community should have a single source of income industry, no monoculture. Urban areas sort of need monocultures, or microcosms of monocultures, of types. People have a strong faith, so they figure God is on their side. And who’s to say?
I figure myself, personally, that about a hundred years ago, these mountains looked around and said, ‘Oops, you know these humans keep on this path, they might not be around to tickle our ribs, and scratch our bellies, and wade in our waters,’ And they said, ‘Well, we might want to give ‘em a chance.’ So they sent people forth from different kinds of living arenas having been impacted from a top down kind of economy, and said, ‘Well, you know, let’s send ‘em out, because as the earth, we know that the solution lies in the coming together of those who are resolving it.’

Education for me is an arena that lets me help cross-connect classes and cultures, and let ‘em put some sweat equity into each other so that the investment in each other is carried forth throughout their lifetime. We all need air and water, and these mountains, according to the World Health Organization statistics, produce eighty percent of the world’s living, tasteful, drinkable waters. In the United States, that translates into an ecosystem service, which I’m not real happy with, but I can live with it. But, I also know that they produce a hundred percent of it for me, ‘cause I live in these mountains, as do many others.

Cities turn taps on, and make use of a resource that our mountains create, and there’s a total disconnect from that knowledge.

If you look hard enough, you’ll find an essence of Appalachia culture in any resilient community. Ours is probably unique in the fact that people think that we have been isolated from the world. I believe it is the opposite, that the world has been isolated from us.

We certainly understand the impacts of culture ‘cause we have all the same stuff, exposure to it, that everybody else does. But who has exposure to us? Appalachian culture, for me, is based in feeling, being able to connect generationally to the land around you; to know that those of your bloodline are buried in them hills and have become part of the earth again. Even if it’s not your bloodline, it’s your human kinship.
To feel that connected and to see, to understand how to respect the earth in its capacities, is something we need. We used to know much better than we know today. The out-migration dropped my community of place from thirty thousand to three in about twelve to fifteen years. That’s a great loss. That’s a super great loss. They come home on weekends, but they no longer have the capacity to live there.

We stereotype lots of things, and sometimes it’s in satire. It’s a way of communicating and getting some emotions caught up in something. I have to watch it myself, because I know where I live and all these young folks that come in. Higher education was always a problem to me because it was educating you so you had to leave. The assumption was you had to go, and education was a way.

What about using education to help let you stay? I think that stereotypes are a tool that sometimes is implemented, and that the ripples of those implementations, we’re still feeling ‘em. They don’t quit. The ability to understand, to challenge your own stereotypes, should begin to give you a good bullsh*t indicator for others.

I consider myself a mountain woman. We live along the ridges and in the hollers. I’m sitting here talking to you, but I bet you a nickel, if you had time, you could find thousands of us. You just got to have time to get in the hollers, or find some who are venturing out.

I like to go in the woods and dig roots. I like to learn. The young people I’ve met over the past ten years, working with Mountain Justice people, young people who helped amplify our voice, got the attention of a society. They had to take it serious. It was their sons and daughters, and grandkids, who were saying, ‘Look, you know there’s a problem here. Sor-rrrry, we gotta do something.’ Their young people saying it is different than the children of the ridges and hollers, it seems, and there again, some of that is because of stereotyping.

It’s also part of the colonialism of thinking that because people have some paper education, they know better. But paper education has to be tempered with hands-on knowledge. The hands-on knowledge of understanding what it was you were reading about [and] the ability to have a connection to it. Having spent time with it, having done something with it, looked at it, and explored it from fourteen different aspects.

I keep battling for trainings and mechanisms that get our kids into each other communities so they have reasons to care for each other, and find hope.

Anything that continues to interrupt these mountains’ abilities to be healthy heart and lungs, creators of water, and producers of air, and cleaning, and contributing that to all populations, not just people [is devastating].

I see that we’re going to need some plague controls, vectors, understanding of what it means to take care of people who are so addicted they cannot function without some kind of support structure. Are we going to let ours starve? It’s not our nature. How do we implement community gardens, because I think working with the earth helps heal. [We need to help] ourselves become food sufficient and be very conscious of understanding how this kind of work improves long-term air and water quality.

The woods has three layers, and the woods around me are mountain forest woods. A tree with a thirty-inch diameter is probably going to cycle a thousand gallons of water a day through its system. That’s a lot of water. It pulls that water up through the soil, filtering that water, and removing things from the soil at the same time. But, that tree pulls eighty percent of its mass from the air. Now that’s magic. (You can hear the smile in her voice.)

That tree’s leaves is reaching in that sky, and pulling some elements out of that sky that are too small for us to perceive, and turning it into itself. Trees are a way of the mountain forest being like a cold-blooded creature. It can control its own body temperature with trees. You cut the trees, your body temperature is going to rise, your water’s gonna go sink, way, way down deep, and you’re gonna lose that exchange of things. When you got the trees, you also got a mid-story, an under-story, and the fourth floor.

My familiarity with the forest floor is that it’s a skin layer on the body of the mountain and the bones are the rocks and stuff, and the flesh, just like all the dirt, and the things of that nature. I don’t really have good words for it, but it cohabits with itself. The seasons and the cycles are part of it, so the timeline, timespan, and attention of a mountain is different than a human being’s.

That’s why they could send people forth, and have a little patience. A hundred years ain’t much to ‘em, but it’s a lot to us. If the earth has got enough sense to send people forth to come back with multi kinds of knowledge to be part of the solution of beginning the regenerative healing that’s needed, then who am I to question that?

The role I play is finding folks who seem to have an interest or knowledge [and] are willing to do something. Sometimes they succeed, and sometimes they don’t, but people don’t seem to give up too much. We’re part of them [the mountains] and they like us. Whatever creation stories you believe in, people have always been part of the story, but not all of the story.”

New From The Region
Funding Forward 2016
Wednesday, March 30 - Friday, April 1 (Minneapolis, MN) 
Funding Forward 2016 is coming to Minneapolis, Minnesota!  Our annual gathering of grantmakers committed to LGBTQ issues is a great opportunity for like minded funders to connect with one another, learn from each other, coordinate efforts, and maximize impact. Register now and take advantage of the early bird rate!  
For more information click here

Kentucky to Host Brownfields Financing Workshop for Appalachian Region
Hosted by the Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection and the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
Increasingly, developers are recognizing the value of revitalizing brownfields—properties that are abandoned or underutilized due to real or perceived environmental contamination. This workshop for bankers, developers and development agency officials will provide an introduction to brownfield redevelopment. Agenda topics to be covered include:

  • Federal environmental liability and exemptions for lenders and bona fide prospective purchasers.
  • Kentucky’s new brownfield law that reduces uncertainty in the redevelopment process.
Incentives that are available to assist in brownfield redevelopment.
  • A case study of how a community eyesore has been transformed into a thriving business and asset to the neighborhood.
Click here for full details

DACA Application Assistance Workshop In Chattanooga! 
February 22nd
On Monday, February 22nd, TIRRC will host an application assistance workshop to help young, undocumented immigrants apply for DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals in Chattanooga! TIRRC are very excited to partner with local organizations such as La Paz Chattanoga, and CLILA to host this workshop. With DACA, these youth will be protected from deportation, receive a work permit and a driver license--increasing their access to opportunity in Tennessee. At the workshops, a team of TIRRC members, volunteers, and pro bono attorneys will assist 15-20 young people and their families in completing their applications.
The TIRRC application assistance workshops depend on a team of dedicated volunteers who can donate their time and talents. Volunteers help applicants complete their application and compile the necessary documents before the applicant meets with a pro bono attorney to review their application. No experience required! Volunteers will receive training and will be supervised by an immigration attorney.

Can you volunteer and help more youth in Chattanooga become DACAmented? For more information about volunteering, please contact Camila Fyler at camila@tnimmigrant.org, or 615-414-1030. If you or someone you know is eligible to apply for DACA, please encourage them to make an appointment for the workshop by calling 615-414-1030.
To register as a volunteer click here
An (Un)Popular Economics Training of Trainers – Student Debt Curriculum
Highlander Center
This (Un)Popular curriculum is designed to help workers, students, families and communities understand and take on the issue of student educational debt, the second largest source of debt in the U.S.  The participatory process encourages both individual and collective action. The curriculum has four sessions that 
can be used to educate and mobilize your union, organization, college, or youth group.  The training explores student debt at the individual, institutional, and community levels through four workshops that cover: 

  • Discussing the importance of story sharing and ending the stigma attached to student debt
  • Exploring how student debt surpassed credit card and auto-loan debt and when college got so expensive
  • Finding ways to reduce monthly payments for student debtors and getting on the path toward debt-relief
  • Building local campaigns that empower workers to challenge the debt-based economy and win a debt-free future
The event will begin with dinner at 6:00 pm Eastern time, March 3 and end at 5:00 p.m. March 5.  Room and board is included in the fee, which is a sliding scale of $350 $600.  Some partial scholarships are available.  For more information, call or email Susan Williams at 865-360-7042 or email susan@highlandercenter.org.
Complete application here
Wild & Wacky, Witty and Wonderful Workshop Work Week 
A Time For Fun, Education And Service To Highlander For The Long Haul! 
On May 31, Highlander welcome people for our 8th annual Workshop Work Week, a time to engage each other in those rockers in a Highlander social change workshop while having a chance to also connect our bodies to land. People come from around the country and have come internationally from Thailand, Haiti and Scotland. 
Find details here
The 21st Annual Rural Development Conference 
Registration Open!
Register here
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 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
Dreadful Darlin' - Mountain Music and Medicinals
Willie Dodson
Join friends and neighbors from near and far for a night of herbal healing education, great music, and delicious food! "Saro Lynch, and Ash Devine of Asheville, North Carolina will be sharing traditional and original songs of love and heartbreak, as well as some Carter Family classics." We'll also be treated to story-telling from Mavis Sowards of Clintwood. And in honor of Valentine's Day, herbalist Annie Jane Cotten will teach us about herbal formulas for romance, as well as for stress and anxiety! All this plus a great dinner provided by the Second Story Cafe! Supper is reservation only. Stay tuned for menu and pricing! Dinner will be chicken scampi or Italian vegetables over angel hair pasta, salad with warm bacon vinaigrette, fresh Italian rolls, and dessert. Dinne is $15/ plate. Reservations are required for dinner. Please call 276-523-5097 for reservations, and make sure to specify if you need a vegetarian option. Workshop with Pound, Virginia herbalist Annie Jane Cotten: 6pm - 7:00pm. Supper music from Saro Lynch and Ash Devine of Asheville, North Carolina: 7pm - 8:15pm.
Rideshare For Families Of Prisoners
Volunteer Drivers Still Needed
Departing on the evening of Friday March 11th, and returning on the evening Sunday March 13th, a van will travel from Richmond, Virginia. to transport the loved ones of those incarcerated at Red Onion and Wallens Ridge State Prisons in Wise County, Virginia for visitation on Saturday the 12th and Sunday the 13th. A $20 deposit is required to reserve a seat, which will be returned if the seat is used. A free dinner will be provided on the evening of Saturday the 12th. Families need only to cover the cost of their motel room for Saturday night, but rideshare organizers will handle making the reservations. Rideshare is a partnership between the SWVA Diocese of the Episcopal Church, the Mission and Service Board of Union Church in Berea, Kentucky, and Hip-Hop from the Hilltop/ Calls From Home on WMMT 88.7 FM Whitesburg Kentucky. To reserve a seat, volunteer, or for more information, contact Preston Mitchell 376-870-1521 or pwm2q@uvawise.edu. 

*Volunteer drivers from the Richmond area are still needed.*
Clinch River Youth Summit 
Dungannon, Virginia
The 2nd annual Clinch River Youth Summit will bring together high school students from across Southwest Virginia to learn about community and environmental service learning opportunities. Projects featured will include hellbender salamanders, strip-mine reforestation, citizen science, and more. Student groups who participate will be eligible to apply for up to $800 to support their own projects! The event will take place on Saturday, March 19h from 9am – 4pm at the Dungannon Development Commission at 344 Phoenix St, in Dungannon, Virginia. For more information and to register contact Maggie Siddle at 703-407-4020 or CRVIvista@gmail.com.

How Can We Create A World Where No Youth Are Locked Up? Bringing Incarcerated Youth to the Forefront of the Movement for Youth Justice
Trey Hartt (Richmond, VA) 
"If you were me you would know that I love my family; that I'm a respectful person; that I have the talent to do anything that everyone else can do; that I need people to start believing in me and stop judging me by my character; that I'm not a thug because I'm black..." - Malik, Performing Statistics participant

Malik recorded these words that were eventually produced into a series of radio PSAs calling for a radical transformation of Virginia's juvenile justice system. In a small booth in Richmond, Virginia, at the local independent radio station with the support of Mike Williams, aka DJ Mikemetic, ten teens ages 15 to 18 laid down tracks that educated their audiences on who they were, the futures they saw for themselves, their fears, challenges, and dreams. In this moment they gave voice to the young people they saw themselves as, not the criminals that society deemed them to be. And it was from their thoughts, words, and actions that the Performing Statistics project has pushed forward a progressive agenda calling on the end of youth prisons in Virginia.
Read full article here
West Virginia

West Virginia Hub
What happens when a few hundred of West Virginia's most active and engaged community champions get together in the one room? HUBapalooza happens. HUBapalooza is a unique networking and brainstorming opportunity for West Virginia's community development sector. Be part of it. Mark your calendars for Thursday, April 28. Registration information to follow!
Find out more here
Student Training for Environmental Protection
Spring Break in Appalachia!
Since 2009, the Student Training for Environmental Protection (STEP) has been offering students and young people exciting, fun, and important training opportunities. On March 6-12, 2016, for the first time ever, STEP comes to central Appalachia for Spring Break! With a focus on issues surrounding the destructive environmental and social effects of mountaintop removal and fracking, STEP in Appalachia will provide students and young people the skills they need to become effective environmental advocates and organizers. It is an intensive course focused on environmental justice and anti-oppression, facilitated by a diverse crew of some of the best youth organizers in the U.S and Puerto Rico. Throughout the week, participants learn how to create (or strengthen) successful and diverse groups that will be able to run effective environmental campaigns on their campuses or in their communities.
Register 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.
View conference details here
Job Opportunities In Central Appalachia
West Virginia Community Development Hub
The West Virginia Community Development Hub is looking for a journalism/communications-minded person for a VISTA role with The Hub in 2016.
The perfect person will have strong writing and research skills to help us explore community development successes in coal-impacted regions of WV. Must be an independent thinker with a passion for uncovering stories about the great things happening in our communities.

The VISTA will be a key contributor to The Hub’s State of Our Communities report project, and will be charged with examining community development initiatives across West Virginia, and telling compelling and effective stories about them, quickly and concisely.
Working alongside our Communications Director, a longtime newspaper editor and manager of newsrooms, this would be a great opportunity for a budding journalist looking to build their story generation chops. For more information, email Jake Lynch at j.lynch@wvhub.org
Learn more about this position here
Executive Director 
West Virginia Community Development Hub
The Hub seeks an executive director to lead the organization during this crucial time for the state of West Virginia, during which The Hub aims to be a driving force behind community development efforts in a wide range of sectors and communities.
  • Facilitate conversations with state and community leaders to identify challenges and
   opportunities, and ways to address those challenges and opportunities;
  • Work in non-traditional ways and in a non-traditional organization; and
  • Have an unreasonable optimism about the state, its communities, and its people.
Read more here
Project Coordinator
Appalshop, Inc. is searching for a Project Coordinator to help lead its new high tech training program entitled Mines to Minds.
The Mines to Minds Project Coordinator will work with a variety of area educators and employers to create high impact training within the technology and media fields. These skills include but are not limited to: web development and design, print media, social media, radio production, television advertising, marketing solutions, software development, information technology and network infrastructure.
Read more here
Executive Support Manager 
The Carpetbag Theatre, Inc.
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
Volunteer Opportunities 
WV Free
Volunteer Opportunities
What would WV Free do without wonderful volunteers? Volunteers help them get a lot accomplished in the office. Interested in Volunteering with WV FREE? They can always use an extra set of hands around the office or at events in the community! Let them know how you want to get involved below!
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
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