The Alliance for Appalachia is composed of 15 member groups. To learn more about these organizations, explore their sites below. Check out the news feed on the right to get updates from our member group's social media sites. You can search all of our member groups social media feeds on our social search page.


Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (KFTC) is a community of people taking action for justice, working with people to organize in their home communities and across the state. Email them here, or call the main office at 606-878-2161.


Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (SOCM) a member-run organization that encourages civic involvement and collective action so that the people of Tennessee have a greater voice in determining their future. Email SOCM at or call the main office at 865-249-7488. 


Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards (SAMS) an organization of concerned community members and their allies who are working to stop the destruction of our communities by surface coal mining, to improve the quality of life in our area, and to help rebuild sustainable communities. Emails SAMS at or call the office at (276)565-6167. 

West Virginia

Coal River Mountain Watch (CRMW) works to stop the destruction of our communities and environment by mountaintop removal mining, to improve the quality of life in our area and to help rebuild sustainable communities. Email CRMW here, or call the office at  (304) 854-2182.

Keepers of the Mountains Foundation located in Southern WV believes a better future requires everyday people to come together and recognize their power to move beyond an extraction based economy to one that values people, land, and mountain heritage. Call the Keepers of the Mountains at 304-205-0920. 

Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition (OVEC) organizes and maintains a diverse grassroots organization dedicated to the improvement and preservation of the environment through education, grassroots organizing and coalition building, leadership development and media outreach. Call OVEC at 304-522-0246. 

West Virgnia Highlands Conservancy promotes, encourages, and works for the conservation and appreciation of the natural resources of West Virginia and the Nation, and especially of the Highlands Region of West Virginia, for the cultural, social, educational, physical, health, spiritual, and economic benefit of present and future generations of West Virginians and Americans.

National and Regional

Appalachian Voices an award-winning, environmental non-profit committed to protecting the land, air and water of the central and southern Appalachian region, focusing on reducing coal’s impact on the region and advancing our vision for a cleaner energy future. Email Appalachian Voices at or call the office at (828) 262-1500. 

The STAY Project (Stay Together Appalachian Youth) is a diverse regional network of young people throughout Central Appalachia who are working together to advocate for and actively participate in their home mountain communities.

Heartwood a regional network that protects forests and supports community activism in the eastern United States through education, advocacy, and citizen empowerment. Email the Heartwood Alliance at

Sierra Club Environmental Justice supports the work of coalfield activists in their struggles against the irresponsible practices of the mining industry. You can contact SCEJ by email at or by calling 304-389-8822.

Southwings a conservation and public benefit aviation non-profit that provides skilled pilots and aerial education to enhance conservation efforts across the Southeast. Email southwings at or call at 828-523-4105.  

Highlander Education and Research Center serves as a catalyst for grassroots organizing and movement building in Appalachia and the South. We work with people fighting for justice, equality and sustainability, supporting their efforts to take collective action to shape their own destiny. Through popular education, participatory research, and cultural work, we help create spaces — at Highlander and in local communities — where people gain knowledge, hope and courage, expanding their ideas of what is possible.

Hands Off Appalachia! is an urban-based campaign demanding that UBS stop funding and supporting companies that engage in MTR.

Social Media

To catch up on our member group's activities at a glance, check out the aggregated social media feed below. You can also search the Facebook, Twitter, and RSS feeds of our member groups here.

  1. Kentuckians for the Commonwealth

    Yesterday, April 15, was the final day of the 2014 regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly. Supporters of legislation ...

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    Apr 16

  2. SOCM

    Did you see this Letter to the Editor in the LaFollette Press by member Vickie Terry? Vickie has been fighting ...

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    Apr 16

  3. Appalshop

    All of us at Appalshop are greatly saddened by the passing of Pat Gish on Sunday. She was a remarkable ...

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    Apr 14

  4. Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards

    Federal Court Strikes Down Bush-Era Stream-Dumping Rule Pro-mountaintop removal measure and threat to clean water gets the axe Washington, D.C. ...

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    Feb 24

  5. Appalshop

    The tent's up; the 27th Seedtime Festival starts TOMORROW! Come on'n join us! Full schedule:

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    Jun 6


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