Contact Information
Phone (606) 571 0298
Web and Social Media
Youth Summit - Serving at Community Kitchen
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement The Rolling Hills Folk Center's mission is to encourage social and economic development through an innovative recognition and promotion of traditional and contemporary Central Appalachian culture, specifically through art, music and storytelling, environmental stewardship, youth empowerment, and community action.
Background Statement

The Rolling Hills Folk Center was created the summer of 2010, during the VISTA work of Bethany Deborde at a small emergency assistance agency. Bethany found a lack of community building throughout the region. Bethany was also finishing up her master's degree in Cultural Studies, in which her thesis was titled: The Role of Education in Social Movements. During the same time research was developing that the Huntington-Ashland metro area was one of the most unhealthy and unhappy areas in the nation. In addition, Greenup County has the highest Oxycotin use in the United States. With a small group of people, support for the first annual Youth Summit on Hunger and Poverty was developed. Rolling Hills deems this as their first community project to support youth empowerment and to engage youth in conversations about food, stereotypes, and the need for community collaboration to bring about change. The goal for the Rolling Hills Folk Center thus is to merge community and economic development with social services in mind.

Rolling Hills has faith that any community has the solutions to it’s own problems if self-determination is encouraged and supported.

Our current focus is to initiate a creative food network that includes school and community gardens,  Farm to School programs, the development of SNAP certified farmers markets, support for safe, fair, sustainable, housing, and advocates for youth empowerment and community action.

Impact Statement
In our first year, Rolling Hills has already engaged in many community programs.
  1. Rolling Hills lead the efforts in the first-ever school garden in Greenup County. Produce will be grown organically by students and harvested for the cafeteria's salad bar and will support the cafeteria salad bar in the Greenup County High School.
  2. Rolling Hills has created a Youth Summit on Hunger and Poverty. High school students throughout Greenup County engage in an intensive study on poverty, collectively problem-solve community issues, and present their research and solutions to the community.
  3. Rolling Hills has organized the Youth Guild  in response to local youth's call for a year-round program that allowed them to participate and voice their solutions for making Greenup County a better place to live.  
  4. Rolling Hills encouraged and supported the relationship of one restaurant to buy meat from a local farmer.
For the year 2011, Rolling Hills goals are as follows:
  1. To assist the Youth Guild in creating the first-ever Youth Community Garden in our region. The Youth Guild has already planted over 1,000 seeds. The Youth Community Garden will be hosted by a local city park. Youth will sell their produce at the Greenup County Farmer's Market, donate at least 10% of what they grow back to the community, and will process (freeze, can, and dehydrate) what is left over. Spring - Fall.
  2. Continue and expand the Youth Summit on Poverty and Hunger - June 27 - July 8th.
  3. Organize Greenup County's first Summer Concert Series. This will take place at a local park June - September.
  4. Host the first official fundraiser - A Harvest Banquet - a banquet to take place in the Youth Community Garden that will display locally grown and harvested food, including some recipes from the Youth Guild.  
  5. Raise at least $10,000 via grants, fundraisers, and merchandise sales.
Needs Statement
  1. Office Supplies and Software - $2,500 - Computer, Printer/Scanner/Fax/Copier, Quicken, AdobePro, locking filing cabinets, etc.
  2. Garden Start-up Supplies - $3,500 - shovels, trowels and cultivators, gloves, soil, composting bins, lumber, seeds and plants, tiller, etc.
  3. Community Education Equipment - $2,500 - projector and mobile screen, white board, tables and chairs, etc.
  4. Food Preservation Supplies - $2,000 - water bath canners, pressure canners, food dehydrators, utensils, sock pots and pans, jars and lids, labels, kitchen ware, etc.
  5. Van/Transportation - $20,000 - not only do we need transportation for our youth programs, we also would like transportation for our Agriculture and Sustainable community tours.
CEO/Executive Director Statement
I am extremely pleased to share in the leadership of the Rolling Hills Folk Center. The work we are all doing is extremely exciting and unique to any of our surrounding counties. We are working to bring together community members, government officials, businesses, and organizations and groups from all backgrounds to encourage and support Eastern Kentucky and the TriState region to be healthy, innovative, and democratic.

I truly believe that there is no other time than now to be educating our youth in empathy, democracy, traditional skills, and independent thinking. This is the first generation to have a shorter life span than their parents, box chains are chocking out our culture and traditions, not to mention amazing food; children are becoming nature-deficient, and valuable skills are being lost. What type of leaders are we creating? What tools are we giving our youth for compassionate and thoughtful decision-making? What legacy will we leave our children and grandchildren?
I hope that you will join us in this work towards a more healthy, sustainable, and equitable community. 
Peace and blessings,
Bethany Deborde
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition / Agricultural Programs
Tertiary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Folk Arts
Geographic Areas Served
West Virginia
Boyd County
Carter County
Greenup County
Lawrence County
Lewis County
Rolling Hills has specific interests in Northeast and Eastern Kentucky and the TriState region of Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia.
Board Chair
Board Chair Daniel Deborde
Company Affiliation Environmental Scientist
Term June 2010 to June 2012
Board Members
Amy Adkins-Deborde Cincinnati Children's Hospital: Grant WriterVoting
Theresa Carey Appalchian Foothills Housing Agency - Assistant Director: Section 8 ManagerVoting
Scott Frasure VISTA: River Cities HarvestVoting
Lindsay Fritz StudentVoting
Jason Platt A La Carte CateringVoting
Leon Rigsby IIIMechanicVoting
Tammy Steele McKinney Vento Grant CoordinatorVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 100
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 37
Female 63
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 5
Board Meeting Attendance % 63%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 25%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 89%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Scott Frasure
Company Affiliation Public Relations - Huntington Area Food Bank
Term Apr 2011 to Sept 2012
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Bethany Deborde
Term Start Jan 2010
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 10
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 0%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Gender
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Description Rolling Hills provides technical and financial assistance to school districts to form school gardens. We provide professional development classes and curriculum assistance to ensure efficient garden use. In addition, Rolling Hills can coordinator after-school programs to enhance the students' exposure to the garden and provide community education on nutrition, sustainable gardening, and consumer information.
Budget 4000
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Sustainable Agriculture
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), Infants to Preschool (under age 5), Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated
Program Short Term Success After the duration of one school year with a garden, students and school officials should gain:
  1. Basic gardening and nutrition skills
  2. Increased physical activity during and after school
  3. Increased vegetables and fruits in their diet
  4. A deeper awareness of natural process, specifically to agriculture
Program Long term Success
  1. Decrease the rate of juvenile obesity.
  2. Stop the increasing rate of nature deficit disorder.
  3. Create a community that appreciates fresh, healthy, local food.
Program Success Monitored By We have not encountered the end of one full school year with a garden. However we will chose to use student and staff journals, that will track eating habits, activity, and outdoor exposure. This type of evaluation can take place in all grades, at varying levels of depth.
Examples of Program Success Our program is just beginning. We will be able to provide more information next spring.
Description This mission of the Rolling Hills Folk Center’s Youth Summit is to engage students to recognize poverty and hunger, collectively problem solve to develop solutions to local problems, and to advocate change. This is the second year of the Youth Summit and we are working with local community leaders, governmental agencies, and local nonprofits to ensure an in-depth, well-rounded program.
Budget 1000
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, Females, At-Risk Populations
Program Short Term Success
  1. Students deepen their compassion for their community
  2. Students develop skills for dialog and negotiation
  3. Students deeper their understanding of the myths and stereotypes of hunger and poverty
Program Long term Success
  1. Students become proactive citizens
  2. Students are democratic in nature
  3. Decrease the brain drain and encourage students to come back and work in the area
Program Success Monitored By
  1. Collectively students come up with at least one solution to local issues of hunger and poverty
  2. Student activity after the Youth Summit is monitored - we aim for at least 25% of our students stay involved in community development and/or youth leadership.
  3. 50% of the students teach at the following year's Youth Summit.
Examples of Program Success
  1. Students presented their solutions to the community: better public transportation, support local farmers and farmers markets, increased community (organization) collaboration, increase community education on hunger and homelessness.
  2. This year 90% of the youth, who attended the 2010 Youth Summit created the Youth Guild and about 50% are actively involved.
  3. This year 75% of the youth helped organize the 2011 Youth Summit, and about 50% will help teach and/or assist.
Description The Youth Guild is a group of high school students who work together on identifying community problems and finding solutions to those problems. Currently, the Youth Guild has created the first-ever Youth Community Garden in our region. The Youth Guild plan to sell their produce at the local farmers' market, donate at least 10% of what they grow back to the community, and will process (can, freeze, and dehydrate) what is left over.
Budget 1000
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Agriculture
Population Served At-Risk Populations, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, General/Unspecified
Description Rolling Hills aims to provide more access to high quality arts, crafts, and music, in addition to supporting and promoting local artists. We also hope to provide community education classes to encourage Appalachian heritage and culture.
Budget 500
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Folklife & Traditional Arts
Population Served Adults, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Elderly and/or Disabled
Description Rolling Hills aims to conduct research regarding food and agriculture, including, but not limited to: food security, child obesity and nutrition, organic farming, homesteading, local agricultural economics, and farmers' markets.
Budget 1000
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified, Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens, Families
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Greenup County School District
Raceland-Worthington School District
Russell Independent School District
Greenbo Lake State Park
Flatwoods City Park
Greenup County Taskforce on Hunger and Homelessness
Helping Hands of Greenup County
Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital's Healthy Community Initiatives
Greenup and Boyd County Interagencies
Greenup and Body County Master Gardeners
Huntington Community Gardens
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2011
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2011
Projected Revenue $5,250.00
Projected Expenses $3,300.00
Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Form 990s
2010 IRS 990N
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Exempt
CEO Comments The Rolling Hills Folk Center begin in the Summer of 2010, but did not receive our IRS Status until March of 2011. In 2010, we did a lot of community awareness projects and towards the end of the year, we did most of our fundraising to support the IRS 501c3 application of $800. Therefore, the data for 2010 is not relevant to our financial statement of 2011; however we have posted an unofficial 990ez. The fiscal year of 2011, our first full fiscal year, will better reflect our work and fundraising strategies.We are an all-volunteer, grassroots organization.
Foundation Staff Comments This is a new organization and does not have one full year of financial information. 
Primary Phone 606 571 0298
CEO/Executive Director Bethany Deborde
Board Chair Daniel Deborde
Board Chair Company Affiliation Environmental Scientist