Appalachian Communities Respond to COVID-19

As the COVID-19 Pandemic continues, communities across Appalachia are banding together to pool resources and ideas for resilience. Here are some inspiring examples:

  • LaunchTN, an ARC partner, is providing a variety of resources including state government contacts for health, small business needs, and other support services. Check out their website for more information.
  • To help individuals and small-business owners in eastern Kentucky, Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR), another ARC partner, has created to encourage partners to “be aware not afraid.” The site also includes a survey for local businesses and organizations in Eastern Kentucky.

Non-profit Rural Action and ACEnet are organizing the Athens County Response Fund to provide support to Athens County businesses, employees and organizations in Ohio. The funds are intended to complement the work of other local efforts to ensure all aspects of the outbreak are addressed.