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The NC Community Health Worker (CHW) Initiative Stakeholder Group is seeking feedback 

Listening sessions will be held across the state to obtain feedback on draft recommendations for core competencies and a process for certifying CHWs. We need to hear from CHWs, CHW Employers, Health Care Providers and Faith-based Organizations!
The Buncombe County listening session will be held:
  • June 19th, 5:30-7:30 at the YMCA Mission Pardee Campus in Arden. Dinner will be provided.
Click here to register.

Help Spread the Word About Double Up Food Bucks, A New Program to Help SNAP Recipients Purchase More Fruits and Vegetables!
June Update: The Asheville Buncombe Food Policy Council and Bountiful Cities were awarded funding from the WNC Community Foundation to launch a Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) pilot program in Buncombe County. DUFB programs award a dollar for each SNAP dollar used to purchase produce. These dollars can then be spent to purchase locally grown produce.
Two initial retail organizations will be participating, the French Broad Food Coop and West Village Market. MountainWise, a non-profit serving the counties west of Buncombe, will be the lead agency in this effort as DUFB expands initially into Haywood County.
Our 2017 pilot is a scaleable effort to develop a successful model in WNC in preparation for submitting a USDA Food Insecurity Nutrition Initiative (FINI) grant in 2018 to expand to more retail outlets in Buncombe and surrounding counties. Eventually this is expected to be a statewide initiative and conversations are underway with Durham and Wilmington.
The USDA assures us they are finalizing our waiver application (required to allow any organization to provide incentives for SNAP programs). We expect a soft launch of the program will take place in early-mid June pending that approval, to ensure all software and other technical and logistically elements are working well.  A full community roll-out will happen about 2 weeks later.
The Ask for June:
In advance of the launch, we need staff to help us identify volunteers to serve as Double Up Liaisons.  These volunteers should be SNAP recipients and individuals who need 20 volunteer hours a week to maintain their SNAP eligibility.  Take a look at the Double Up Volunteer flyer,  print it off, and share it with individuals that might be a good fit for this opportunity
For more information on the Double Up program, take a look at this article written by the Mountain Xpress! 

City of Asheville Boards & Commissions Openings

So many people who volunteer for boards and commissions are already engaged in activities related to their committee or  commission’s work as part of their job or a community organization.  It is important to increase diversity among those who help inform local government by having more individuals engaged who rely on related services.  For example, if you depend on the bus for transportation, then you could be a great voice to add to the transit committee.  The City would also like to see more racial and ethnic diversity. 

The application deadline for the following boards, commissions and committees is Wednesday June 7th at 5pm:    
  • African American Heritage Commission 
  • Civic Center Commission
  • Crimestoppers Board of Directors, Asheville-Buncombe
  • Historic Resources Commission
  • Multmodal Transportation Commission 
  • Neighborhood Advisory Committee
  • Public Art and Cultural Commission
  • Recreation Board
  • Transit Committee
You can find information about serving on a board or commission on the city website at http://www.ashevillenc.gov/departments/city_clerk/boards_n_commissions/default.htm or  on the City's blogWhile there, you can download an application and find out how to submit it.  There is information on the mission of each of the boards and as well as their meeting schedules, past agendas, and past minutes on the website, too.

Questions: contact Deputy City Clerk Sarah Terwilliger at  sterwilliger@ashevillenc.gov or 259-5839.

The NC Community Health Worker (CHW) Initiative Stakeholder Group is seeking feedback 
Listening sessions will be held across the state to obtain feedback on draft recommendations for core competencies and a process for certifying CHWs. We need to hear from CHWs, CHW Employers, Health Care Providers and Faith-based Organizations!
The Buncombe County listening session will be held:
  • June 19th, 5:30-7:30 at the YMCA Mission Pardee Campus in Arden. Dinner will be provided.
Click here to register.

Be Part of Open Streets Asheville 2017!
Please consider having your organization at the table as we promote a healthy Buncombe County through play, physical activity and building community
Our Sunday afternoon inaugural 2016 Open Streets Asheville hosted 1500 in a 1 1/2 mile car-free park-like setting on downtown streets filled with neighbors, movement and community offerings from 50+ businesses and organizations. Participants experienced everything from yoga, dance, bicycle skills education, four square, soccer, pop-up cardboard playgrounds to creating murals and listening to music. Businesses offered special promotions, expanded into the street or hosted engaging activities such as knitting circles or creating a stamped leather bracelet for the price of 10 jumping jacks. 
We have an exciting new downtown route for this year and planning teams are being formed. If you would like to be involved, please contact terri.march@mahec.net. 
Local Advocacy Efforts to support early childhood care and learning
Children First CIS of Buncombe County and the YWCA of Asheville are involved in efforts to support to increase investments in early childhood care and learning in WNC. The evidence from brain, developmental, and economic research is clear that investing in early childhood pays big dividends for an individual's and community's future.
NC Legislature has recognized the need to raise child care subsidy payments to help cover more of the costs of providing high-quality care. In the past few years, that was welcomed news for some NC parents and childcare providers. Unfortunately, the increase didn't apply to all counties.  This year, they are considering a bill that would raise the rates for 3-5 year-olds for the remaining 20 counties including Buncombe, Haywood, and Henderson.  
Click here to learn more about these efforts. 

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