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SUPPORT COAL IMPACTED COMMUNITIES

America’s transition away from coal and towards cleaner energy is bringing health and economic benefits to communities across the country, with nearly 350,000 Americans working in the solar and wind industries alone. And while new jobs in clean energy are dispersed around the country, coal-dependent regions face acute job losses that harm families and depress local economies as the industry shrinks. Rather than relying on empty promises from Washington, communities are coming together to create new jobs and a sustainable future that does not rely on coal. Let’s help coal communities as America makes the transition to cleaner energy.

Join Bloomberg Philanthropies in supporting organizations working with communities and workers left behind by the coal industry to create local solutions to economic diversification. Local organizations creating diverse, resilient and sustainable economies in coal regions deserve your support. When you make a donation here on CrowdRise to Coalfield Development Corporation, the Just Transition Fund, and the Western Organization of Resource Councils, Bloomberg Philanthropies will match a portion of the donation and cover all transaction fees.

For a compelling look at the lives of people in coal impacted communities, watch From The Ashes, a new documentary produced by Radical Media in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies. Learn more about the film at FromTheAshesFilm.com and tune in to National Geographic on Sunday, June 25th at 9/8c for the broadcast premiere of From the Ashes.

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Benefiting Charities

Coalfield Development Corporation

Coalfield Development Corporation, a community-based nonprofit working in southern West Virginia, is rebuilding the Appalachian economy from the ground up. Its mission is to support a family of social enterprises that inspire the courage to grow, activate the creativity to transform perceived liabilities into assets, and cultivate the community needed for real opportunity via job creation, higher education, and mentorship. Coalfield Development’s enterprises provide jobs and new career opportunities in sustainable construction, solar installation, mine-land reclamation, sustainable agriculture, and artisanship. Coalfield Development hires unemployed people, including laid-off coal miners, according to a 33-6-3 weekly schedule: 33 hours of paid work for the enterprises listed above, 6 hours of higher education, and 3 hours of life-skills mentorship. The result is real work experience, an Associate’s Degree, and renewed self-confidence.

Just Transition Fund

The Just Transition Fund helps to create robust, resilient communities in coal-dependent regions across the United States by strengthening projects that align with the Fund’s commitment to sustainable economic development, equity, and energy resilience. In its support of frontline coalfield and power plant communities that are responsibly transitioning away from coal, the Fund aims to diversify and strengthen local economies, build resilient economies that prioritize people and protect workers, and promote clean energy policies and scale solutions. By convening a wide range of transition actors across both public and private sectors—including federal officials and philanthropic foundations—the Fund is an agile, proactive, and trusted collaborator in the complex discussions that accompany every exploration of innovative energy solutions. Guided by its conviction that communities have the power and wisdom to solve their own problems if given adequate support and resources, the Just Transition Fund is committed to nurturing the essential connections, initiatives, and momentum needed for transformative change.

Western Organization of Resource Councils

Western Organization of Resource Councils (WORC) is a network of grassroots organizations rooted in the Western coalfield communities in Montana, Wyoming North Dakota and Colorado. From the beginning, WORC has championed land stewardship, the protection of our water resources, the preservation of family farms and ranches, and ensuring that local communities have the opportunity to actively participate in the decisions that affect their lives. Formed in 1979 to protect its members from coal strip mining, WORC is now engaged in building sustainable environmental and economic communities that balance economic growth with the health of people and stewardship of their land, water, and air resources.

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Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

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Larry Yu

Larry Yu

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The Kadar Family of Florida

The Kadar Family of Florida

Many thanks to former Mayor Manny Diaz for his continued leadership. 3 months ago

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Let's do the right thing for American workers, the American economy, and the environment 3 months ago

Sirely Shaldjian

Sirely Shaldjian

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Amanda Daflos

Amanda Daflos

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Joan Holz

Joan Holz

Do what you can do! 3 months ago

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