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Appalachian Voices Charity Profile
Appalachian Voices brings people together to solve the environmental problems having the greatest impact on the central and southern Appalachian Mountains. Our mission is to empower people to defend our region's rich natural and cultural heritage by providing them with tools and strategies for successful grassroots campaigns.
Because the threats to our mountains do not respect state boundaries or political ideologies, we tackle them by reaching out to a broad spectrum of people from across the region. We are member-based and promote individual and community involvement in the important environmental decisions facing our neighbors. We believe that success is most likely when a diversity of people are involved and empowered to work together for change, and all our programs are guided by this commitment to build a broad base of public support for environmental protection in the southern mountains.
We develop credible resources and effective strategies that are accessible, informative and inspiring. We take strong, thoughtful positions on issues and work tirelessly to achieve our goals, in order to secure meaningful, lasting protections for the land and people of our region.
A sinister modern haze has overtaken the famous blue mist that gave the Great Smoky Mountains their name, threatening forests and communities across Appalachia. The three national parks that suffer from the worst air pollution in the entire national park system are in the southern Appalachians. Symptoms of air pollution in our forests include large-scale tree death and visibility so limited that the mountains sometimes disappear.
Asthma rates are on the rise, prompting the American Lung Association to join environmental groups in calling for tighter restrictions on the pollutants that have been linked to the disease. In the central and southern Appalachians, the greatest source of these airborne pollutants is coal-fired power plants.
Appalachian Voices is working to clear the air by cleaning up the sources of pollution and educating the public. In 2002, Appalachian Voices was a leader in the coalition that passed the North Carolina Clean Smokestacks Act, a state law that will clean up emissions from the state’s coal-fired power plants. We are now working to pass similar laws in neighboring states, while also making sure utilities comply with the new North Carolina law.
Appalachian Voices Volunteer Information
Appalachian Voices always needs helping hands in our efforts to preserve and protect the Appalachian mountain region. We have many volunteer positions available now. Check out below to find out how you can become an Appalachian Voices' volunteer today!
Appalachian Voices needs your help fighting for clean air, promoting sustainable forestry and ending mountaintop removal in central and southern Appalachia. Volunteers are needed to help with a variety of tasks in the office. Volunteers are welcome during business hours, Monday through Friday. We also have a once a week volunteer night to coincide with the ASU academic calendar.During the fall and spring semesters, Appalachian Voices hosts a weekly volunteer night. Our volunteer nights this semester will be held every Tuesday from 6 to 8:30pm, starting February 12th through the end of April.
On volunteer nights, volunteers work on campaigns assisting campaign coordinators with various grassroots organizing tasks. Volunteer nights are a great way to experience the excitement of a campaign, learn valuable community organizing skills, and meet new people. Added bonus: FREE PIZZA!