Welcome Community Partners!

Appalachian & the Community Together (ACT) is proud to partner with over 160 local non-profit businesses.

ACT values creating and sustaining community partnerships through programs and initiatives that strengthen the connection between campus and community.

How does ACT raise grant money?

Since 2001 - ACT has distributed over $100,000 of grant funding to Community Partners for energy efficiency improvements from the money raised during Don't Throw it Away and the Big Sale. 

Don't Throw it Away (DTiA) is a spring tradition created and run by students to reduce the landfill waste produced during the end-of-year move out. Students donate their unwanted items when they move out of dorms and apartments. Once headed for the landfill, these items are stored at Legends during the summer and become a treasure-trove of amazing bargains during the Big Sale.  Hundreds of shoppers arrive bright and early on the first Saturday of the fall semester to buy and re-use those-once-unwanted items.  Last year, ACT raised and awarded $25,593 of grants for eligible Community Partners to pay for energy efficient improvements.  Lower monthly energy bills allow non-profits to channel the savings to clients and services while decreasing energy consumption in our region.

Truly a win-win opportunity for everyone, DTiA and the Big Sale highlight the missions of our local non-profit partners and App State's commitment to sustainability and demonstrate how positive action makes our community a better place to live. 

Who was awarded grants last year?
Click HERE to see previous BIG Sale grant recipients and the energy efficient projects that their grant money funded. Applications will close on Friday, March 15th at 5pm!

Please reach out to Taylor Lemker (Lemkert@appstate.edu) or Heather Jo Mashburn (Mashburnhj@appstate.edu) or call the ACT office at  (828) 262-2545

The benefits of a partnership!

By partnering with ACT, Community Partners are more closely connected to the university campus and its resources, including faculty expertise and student volunteers, as they strive to increase capacity and expand services.

A comprehensive list of all of our Community Partners can be found on https://www.givepulse.com/group/affiliates/240213.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Heather Jo Mashburn (Mashburnhj@appstate.edu) or call the ACT office at  (828) 262-2545.