Happy Spring!
From egg, to caterpillar, to cocoon, and from the cocoon the butterfly emerges. This tiny creature undergoes a massive transition that requires a lot of energy in a rather short period of time. It struggles with all of its might to exit its cocoon, before it is finally liberated into the world with the ability to fly and share its beauty for the whole world to see.
Can you imagine the whole of your life changing to such an extreme you are unrecognizable at the end of the transformation? Well this is the life of the butterfly.
In supporting and encouraging the grassroots organizations that do the work that brings about systemic change, there is much to be learned from the butterfly.
We know that the work is hard. Sometimes we cannot even image what the alternatives might be to struggles we face and situations we work so hard to change.
But we trust, like the butterfly, the world we want to see is waiting on the other side of the transformation.
At ACF, we realize it’s individuals like you, who can envision change, and who are the ones that help to make change.
As we enter into spring, the season of birth and change, we thank you for being a person with vision enough to recognize the caterpillars and support the process.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for all of the butterflies!!

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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Who Is Your East Tennessee Appalachian Hero?
The Appalachian Community Fund is proud to call for nominations for the 2015-2016 Appalachian Hero Awards. We are currently looking for your East TenneAppalachian Hero! The Appalachian Hero Awards is presented to an individual or organization in the region who has made a substantial contribution to the social justice movement in Central Appalachia on our Journey toward Justice.
This year, the recipient of the award will be given $100 to go to their social change organization of choice. Nominate your East Tennessee Appalachian Hero today. Here is the link to the form

Awards to be presented between August 12th – 24th, 2016. Check out some of our past Appalachian Heroes on Facebook Page! Martha BoggsKevin JenningsSteve FisherDarrell McGraw, Scott Widmeyer, Benny Massey and Stanley Sturgill.
The Whippoorwill Festival - Skills for Earth-Friendly Living
July 7-10, 2016
The Sixth Annual Whippoorwill Festival - Skills for Earth-Friendly Living will take place Thursday-Sunday July 7-10 near the Red River Gorge in eastern Kentucky.  Discounted tickets are now on sale at www.whippoorwillfest.com
Approximately 500 people are expected to attend this year's festival, which will feature over 75 earth-friendly workshops that seek to preserve and honor old-time and Appalachian living traditions.  This is a family-friendly festival and alcohol use is discouraged. 
The new location for the 2016 festival is Lago Linda Hideaways, near Beattyville Kentucky, close to the internationally-famous hiking and rock-climbing mecca, Kentucky's red River Gorge.  Lago Linda features a beautiful swimming lake, a campground with some indoor spaces, and plenty of room for wooded tent camping.  RV sites and beautiful lakeside rental cabins are available at an additional cost.
Featured evening music at the Whippoorwill Festival includes the Restless Leg String Band, The Local Honeys, The Coteries, Laura Thurston and mountain ballads with Saro.  There may also be a contra dance.  Evening fires, crafts, food vendors, breakfast and dinner are provided.
This year's festival is headed by a new organizing crew after festival founder Dave Cooper turned ownership of the event to the community in 2015, so there are lots of new ideas for this year, and lots of enthusiastic energy.
For more information about the 2016 Whippoorwill Festival
2016 STAY Summer Institute : Call for Workshop Proposals
Submission Deadline: Monday, June 27th 2016
The 5th Annual STAY Summer Institute will be held July 22nd- 25th 2016 at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, NC.

The STAY Summer Institute will focus on fellowship and training of young people in Appalachia as leaders, learners, and community members in our region. Sessions can include panel discussions, skill sharing, strategy sessions, informational presentations, collective liberation workshops, etc. STAY is also encouraging special sessions that share and exhibit creative expression, including but not limited to: music, creative writing, and folk art.

STAY especially encourage youth of color, queer youth, transgender and/or gender non-conforming youth, teenage youth, and women to share their talents and knowledge through leading a workshop!

Please fill out the following information and submit it by Monday, June 27th 2016.

If you have any questions or concerns email: stayproject@gmail.com or calling/leaving a message with our Coordinator Kendall by phone at (276) 620-9264. If anything on this form is confusing, don't hesitate to call Kendall and they will walk you through it and help you fill it out!
Complete form here
8th Annual Wild & Wacky, Witty And Wonderful Workshop Work Week A Time For Fun 
A Time for fun, Education and Service to Highlander for the Long Haul! 
Come to the mountains of east Tennessee and spend one of the best starts to your summer ever with Highlander staff and people from around the country at W-7.8, our 8th Wild & Wacky, Witty & Wonderful Workshop Work Week, May 31-June 4, 2016. Starts 6:00 pm on Tuesday, May 31, and concludes with lunch at noon on Saturday, June 4.

SOCIAL CHANGE WORK: Spend half of your day in those renowned rocking chairs engaging on the idea of Highlander – workshops on popular education, organizing, movement building, & the history of social change and what all that can mean in your organizing and community work today.

WORK TEAMS: Spend another part of your day in service to the place of Highlander. As part of a team – and in a praxis that continues learning from each other through dialogue and educational exchange – prune in the orchard, cultivate in the garden, clear a hiking trail, plant trees ‘on the hill’, file in our library, or build a bench, for example. There are jobs for all levels of skill and ability.

EVENINGS: As the sun prepares to set, we continue the fun. In the evenings, we’ll sing, share stories around a fire, and square dance with a caller and live band (lessons provided).

DETAILS/COST: It’s a proven good ol’ Highlander throw-down that starts with supper at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, May 31, and concludes with lunch at noon on Saturday, June 4. Sliding scale $400-700. Some partial scholarships available and the scholarship form is within the application. Please complete an application form before paying.

For more information email or call Samir Hazboun at samir@highlandercenter.org or 865-335-2443
Click here to apply
New Market, TN (Focus on Youth)
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
“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
Are You Working For A Healthier West Virginia? This Conference Is For You!
See you at the Try This Conference!
Enjoy two idea-packed, inspiring days with like-minded people! Meet folks from all over the state who are doing great things to help their communities. Find out what they’re doing. Trade ideas! Join forces! Get inspired, learn, plan your next steps. Recharge your batteries.

Yes, West Virginia tops a lot of “worst” health lists, but we don’t have to stay there! One in four WV 11-year-olds now have high blood pressure and cholesterol, according to WVU. That’s a prescription for future diabetes and heart problems. We can change that future.

This will be a feast of affordable, do-able ideas.
• Forty workshops! From farmers markets and school gardens to bicycling and running programs to school-based health centers and parks
• Grants up to $3,000 to help make your idea happen! If three or more people from your community attend and plan as a team, you can apply.
• Affordable cost! West Virginia Wesleyan is donating space. Workshop leaders are donating time, so we can keep conference costs down. $100 ($75 early bird) for two days. $30 rooms. Scholarships available.

Learn more or register here
Job Opportunities In Central Appalachia
Director, All-In Cities Initiative
PolicyLink is seeking a dynamic leader to successfully implement the All-In Cities initiative, an effort to support cities in implementing new models of inclusive growth and development at a time when many American cities are experiencing an economic revival, but this rising economic tide is not translating into good jobs, living wages, and ownership opportunities for their low-income residents and communities of color. The initiative provides capacity-building and policy development and implementation support, data and policy tools, and strategic research to local governments and community organizations/coalitions as they develop and implement a range of solutions to increase racial economic inclusion and foster equitable growth in cities and metropolitan regions. This position is an excellent opportunity for a social entrepreneur who is passionate about cities and equity to build out an initiative that is just getting off the ground and eager to work in a creative, fast-moving, start-up environment.
Apply here
OVEC Is Hiring 
Executive Director
The Ohio Valley Environment Coalition (OVEC) seeks a dynamic Executive Director to coordinate initiatives with the goal of improving and preserving the environment and communities through education, organizing, coalition building, leadership development, strategic litigation and media outreach. OVEC seeks a highly motivated self-starter who is equally comfortable in board rooms and on mountain tops. The ideal candidate will have strong ties to Appalachia and a passion for environmental justice. Since OVEC began in 1987, they’ve fought for environmental justice. They believe social change happens when ordinary citizens, working together, feel powerful and see themselves as agents of change. OVEC offers a generous salary and benefits package based on experience. OVEC is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women and LGBTQ applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.
See full job description 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
​​Virginia Field Organizer
The Virginia Field Organizer will report to the Virginia Campaign Coordinator and will be based in our Charlottesville VA office.
Responsibilities include:
  • Work alongside VA Campaign Coordinator to plan and implement VA program
  • Plan and execute campaign events including petition drives, visibility events, community meetings and workshops
  • Train and maintain a diverse base of volunteers in Charlottesville, Richmond and across western Virginia
  • Assist in the coordination and facilitation of coalition calls and meetings
  • Outreach to and networking with community stakeholders
  • Work with communications team to produce monthly email blasts, newsletters, action alerts, blogs, Facebook posts and events and other online communications tools to mobilize our membership.
  • Maintaining detailed databases of petition signatures, email sign-ups, volunteers, community leaders, local energy service companies, key community partners, etc.
For more information click here
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