Citizen Action Education Fund (WVCAEF) is a statewide 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides original research and public education on progressive issues facing the people of Appalachia such as environmental & consumer protection, media access, public policy, government & corporate accountability, universal health care, and elimination of all forms of discrimination.
Founded in 2003, WVCAEF has earned a reputation as an organization that strives to increase citizen involvement in the making of public policy though its commitment to social justice and economic fairness.
WVCAEF has developed strong working relationships with a broad range of progressive allies in West Virginia, regionally and at the national level. We have collaborated extensively with USAction Education Fund and Democracy South in many aspects of our work. At the state level, WVCAEF has forged successful issue coalitions with many groups including:
Community Shares of WV
Citizens for Clean Elections
Direct Action Welfare Group
Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition
National Association of Social Workers – WV Chapter
AFSCME Council 77
Southern Appalachian Labor School
WV Citizen Action Group
WV Council of Churches
WV Environmental Council
In coalition and alone, WVCAEF has excelled at promoting progressive public policy such as fair taxation, state campaign finance and election reforms, civic engagement including registering and mobilizing low-income and minority voters, and protecting Social Security and Medicaid