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Meet and Greet
The Appalachian Community Fund board of directors will be meeting Saturday, August 24th at the Highlander Research Center. Please join us for lunch with our board members and staff. If you would like to attend please RSVP to Patricia Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org by August 20th by the end of the day.
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DREAM of the month
What are Your Dreams for Appalachia...?
"Equality, leveraging additional funding for communities of color and poverty stricken communities."
In early 2013, we conducted a survey from our e-newsletter, Twitter and Facebook subscribers and asked what your dreams are for the next 25 years in Appalachia. We will highlight at least one of your responses every month.
The survey is still open, so you can continue to share your dreams for the region. Simply follow the link under WHAT IS YOUR DREAM? We will highlight at least one here every month and in other social media.
News From the Region
Where is LGBT Funding in the South?
In 2011 we saw a record-breaking $123 million in grants awarded to LGBTQ issues. However, the U.S. South saw less than $4 million of that historic sum. In fact, the U.S. South barely saw 3% of the year's LGBTQ funding despite the fact that over a third of the U.S. population lives in the 13 states of the South (as defined by Grantmakers for Southern Progress
). With an estimated 11 million "out" LGBTQ people living in the U.S., foundation funding for LGBTQ issues averages out to $11.20 per LGBTQ person. In the U.S. South, there are an estimated 3,438,872 million "out" LGBTQ denizens, and LGBTQ funding failed to exceed $3 per capita in any Southern state. Only one state, Kentucky, exceeded $2 per capita in LGBTQ funding. To read more click here.
The theme of this year's conference is"Working Together: Civic-minded citizens, leaders, and officials working collaboratively to build vibrant communities." The conference will offer two tracks: Community Leadership and Local Government Leadership. The attendees will also planning, entrepreneurship & job creation, tourism, land use, board development, and planning. The Local Government Leadership track will include sessions about economic development trends, cyber security, ethics, funding come together for plenary sessions. Community Leadership sessions will include strategic strategies, human resources, emergency preparedness. Presenters will include local experts as well as nationally recognized leaders. The 2013 information, schedule, registration, speakers, location, & planned extra activities are NOW all available click here.
2013 Fairness Conference & Gala
Save the Date
The 2013 Fairness Conference & Gala will be held on Saturday, November 2nd, in Charleston, WV. All conference events will take place at the Charleston Civic Center and will begin at 8:00 am, while the Gala will once again be held at the Cultural Center located on the Capitol complex. The Gala will begin at 6:00 pm. In 2012, a record was set for the amount of people who attended this event - and the hope is to see that record broken in 2013! Mark this date down on your calendar - in your phone - on your computer - and anywhere else that keeps you organized. Tell your friends and family to come and get ready to have a great time with fellow supporters of the LGBT movement here in our state. Be on the lookout for more information soon.
100,000 Poets and Musicians for Change
2013 Global Event
In September 2011 and September 2012, 100,000 Poets and Musicians for Change events were held in several hundred locations across the United States and around the world (115 countries). Now the momentum is increasing and there are events going on all the time under the banner of peace and sustainability. You don't have to wait until September 2013 to get involved. You can put on an event right now. Or you can brand an event that was going to happen anyway with 100,000 Poets and Musicians for Change. Your event will go up on the website and be promoted worldwide. About the name, 100,000 Poets and Musicians is just a name. Photographers, painters, mimes, are film makers are also involved. And there's plenty of room for everything else. Check out the website www.100TPC.org. Get in touch email@example.com. The world needs to change. Right now.
Women of Appalachia Conference
Sisters in STEM
After the success of 2012 Women of Appalachia: Sisters in Science conference, the planning committee is moving forward in organizing this year's conference around the theme of "Sisters in STEM" scheduled on October 17-18, with the possibility of extension to October 19, 2013. The Keynote speaker for this year's conference is Dr. Sharon Denham, Professor of Nursing at Ohio University. Dr. Denham is a renowned and dedicated scientist, nurse scholar and educator leading research and community efforts to promote and advocate for family health in Appalachian Ohio. Over the years she has led and conducted a number of research studies with Appalachian populations about topics related to family health issues including, bereavement, abuse and violence, tobacco use, and family routines. Her current work focuses on diabetes prevention in Appalachia. For more information click here.
Appalachian Community Fund Partners with Brushy Fork Institute
Providing Scholarships and Technical Assistance
Brushy Fork Institute is actively pursuing representation from Tennessee to attend 2013 Annual Institute September 17-20. Appalachian Community Fund (ACF) will partner with them again this year on this effort. Brushy Fork will provide a $400 Neighbor Works Scholarship. Folks who plan on attending can apply to ACF's Technical Assistance Program here for the remaining $125 to complete the registration fee. Please contact Margo Miller at ACF or Donna Morgan
at Brushy Fork for more information.
Apartments.com Expands Efforts to Combat Homelessness
Kicks-Off Inaugural Help for Homeless Grant Program
Apartments.com is launching a new Help for Homeless Grant Program to support not-for-profit homeless service providers in the United States. There is an overwhelming need for more than 3 million people who experience homelessness each year - the need for a helping hand; a warm bed; a hot meal to eat; or a safe place for kids to learn and play. The Apartments.com Help for Homeless grant program will support the programmatic or operational expenses of organizations directly benefiting the homeless population, with grants ranging from $500 to $10,000 per org (totaling up to $100,000). For more details click here.
Berea College PartnerCorps
Now Recruiting in Knox and Leslie Counties
PartnerCorps, a new Berea College sponsored AmeriCorps program, is now recruiting 40 members to serve in Kentucky, in Leslie and Knox counties. Members serve together in teams, mentor high school students, connect with families, and serve as college guides. In exchange for 10 months of service, all PartnerCorps members receive AmeriCorps benefits: a living allowance, an education award, health benefits, and childcare assistance, if eligible. For more information, visit our website www.partners.berea.edu/partnercorps. Apply by sending your resume with cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Specify if you are interested in serving in Leslie or Knox County or either location.
2013 Fracktivist Conferenece
Save the Date: September 13-15, 2013
The movement to end all forms of extreme energy extraction on this planet, wrest control from multinational corporations, and give the power back to the people is becoming something truly beautiful! It is an honor to be a part of it, as so MANY of us are. We are rising! Please join us for another opportunity to combine struggles and strengthen our efforts. We would like to formally invite you to attend the 2013 FRACKTIVIST CONFERENCE, a collaborative regional effort. It is being organized by the TN Chapter of the Sierra Club along with a plethora of other awesome organizations (see here). The conference will be taking place at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville from September 13-15. We will also be graciously hosted for most meals and sleeping arrangements by the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church. From the frac sand mining impacted communities in WI and MN to the newly affected folks in AL, GA and FL, the many issues related to hydraulic fracturing are affecting people all across this splendid country! We are all connected in this struggle. The intention for this conference is to educate folks about the variety of elements regarding this extraction process from frac sand mining to transportation to chemical proppants to drilling & storage to methane migration to burning and beyond. We will also hare our victories and strategize about how to become a more effective movement to put an end to fossil foolishness! We look forward to seeing you in Knoxville in September. Please click here for more information.
September 21-22, 2013
Our Region is Rocking! Hundreds arrested in months long righteous Moral Mondays in Raleigh. Youth leading the charge to take over the capital in Florida. Jackson, Mississippi elects Chokwe Lumumba. Appalachian young people take on economic transition. Come rock at Highlander and talk about all of it with folks on the ground in those communities and from around the region, country and world.With special guest Grace Lee Boggs, joined by Robin D. G. Kelley, and Jeanne Theoharis, author of The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks, and many others. Relationships. Strategy. Action. Learn. Share. Connect. Energize. Much more coming soon! Click here for more details.
UT Knoxville's 2013 OUTstanding Seminar Exploring LGBTIQ Diversity
Axes of Identity: Exploring Intersections of Diversity
Saturday, October 26, 8:30am - 6:30pm, keynote by Robyn Ochs, author of Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World and of Bi Women. Trans panel presented by Marisa Richmond of the TN Transgender Political Coalition. Closing performance by spoken-word poet and author Stacyann Chin, co-writer and performer in the Tony Award winning Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam. The seminar is interdisciplinary. Subjects for intersections may include age, race, ethnicity, colorism, language, dialect, nationality, geography, class and privilege, Appalachian and rural culture, sex/gender, women's studies, men's studies and masculinities, gender and transgender identities, gender expression and drag, sexuality, sexual orientations, conflicts within the LGBTIQ spectrum, communications and media, cultural studies, history, hybridity, religion and philosophy, law and public policy, rhetoric, social and economic justice, social science approaches, human development, education, medicine, health and wellness, abilities/disabilities, science and technology, theory, the university experience, and more.
Proposals from local and non-local, academic and non-academic presenters welcome. For more info, to view 2011 and 2012 presenters, or to download a proposal form:
https://outstandingseminar.wordpress.com/submit-a-proposal/ Contact: Cat Miller email@example.com
Appalachian Hope and Heartbreak
By Amy D. Clark
A PERSON just passing through Big Stone Gap may not notice the corner drugstore on Wood Avenue with the fading sign, its windows dark and hollow like so many others in these rural coal towns. But for people who live here in the heart of central Appalachia, the Mutual Drug Cafeteria was a community hub, an extension of the family kitchen. It's where residents could fill a prescription, pick up an oil lamp or a strawberry huller, find a plastic pirate sword for the school play and get a good cup of coffee with a plate of pork chops, soup beans, pickled beets and blackberry cobbler. The store closed last week, having been sold to a franchise, a fate many shops in small towns are facing... There is potential in our rural community and those nearby for landmarks to be renovated and reopened, and crumbling buildings replaced with gardens, spaces for farmers' markets and theaters. If towns want to thrive again, they have to focus on preserving and promoting their signature attractions. Small businesses like the Mutual must be part of that plan to draw people back. After all, no one ever takes a road trip to see a CVS or McDonald's. We must make an agreement to support our small businesses and make the hope of saving our towns a reality. To read full story click here.
7th Annual High Knob Naturalist Rally
September 28th at Bark Camp Lake
The 7th Annual High Knob Naturalist Rally is set to take place on Saturday, September 28th, at Bark Camp Lake. Located in the heart of the Jefferson National Forest, this free event celebrates the natural world with a full day of fun and educational hikes, workshops, and programs for all ages. New sessions will be provided along with several favorites from last year, including Mitch Whitaker from the Raptor Rehabilitation Center in Kentucky, and a Salamander and Reptile Hike led by UVA-Wise Professor Wally Smith. Back by popular demand, we will once again host a pre-rally 5k trail run along the Lakeshore Trail. More information is available here.
SALS Hosting Affordable Health Care Training Workshop
August 21, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Historic Oak Hill School
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) expands health insurance coverage to virtually all Americans in two basic ways. First, many states, including West Virginia, are expanding Medicaid up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL) on January 1, 2014. Second, subsidized private insurance plans will be available in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Enrollment in both the expanded Medicaid and the subsidized private insurance plans can begin on October 1, 2013. WVAHC is offering a series of regional training across the state and mini grants to nonprofit and faith-based organizations, and government units. The training and mini grants are designed to develop "community assisters." The role of community assisters is to educate the public on the new insurance options and how to enroll; assist people with uncomplicated family situations to enroll in Medicaid; and to connect the uninsured to more highly trained individuals who can enroll even the most complicated situations click here to read more.
Joins US Social Forum National Planning Committee
DAWG has been accepted to the National Planning Committee (NPC) of the US Social Forum. The NPC consists of representatives from a variety of social movement organizations in the United States. The NPC members oversee the financial and the political responsibilities of the United States Social Forum. As part of DAWG being a member of the NPC, representatives from DAWG will also serve on various working groups in a addition to our continued service on the Poverty Working Group. To find out more about the US Social Forum visit USSF.
Do you care about West Virginia's future?
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
How can we ensure a bright future for West Virginia and its people? What opportunities will be here in 30 years for our kids and grandkids, so that they can continue to live and work in the places we all love? You are invited to take part in a vital and engaging discussion about the future of West Virginia, A Bright Economic Future for the Mountain State. State leaders from government, industry, higher education, and nonprofit organizations will lay out their visions for West Virginia and opportunities for economic development. A series of panel discussions will explore those visions, address workforce development and training needs for realizing them, and highlight local community leaders who are already succeeding in creating new opportunities and a brighter future for us all.
Ways to Give
To get involved contact Margo Miller via email firstname.lastname@example.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!
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. Out 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.
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