Engage

Join Community Efforts to Eliminate Sexual Violence
Engage in our community's efforts to end a culture of violence by being part of the 8th annual Walk A Mile-Asheville 2017 on May 6. Our Voice invites you to wear whatever shoes you choose (they will have some fun shoes for rent too) - as a symbolic act of solidarity for survivors of sexual violence and in support of the amazing work that Our VOICE does in our community and beyond!
Click here for details.
Help Spread the Word About Double Up Food Bucks, A New Program to Help SNAP Recipients Purchase More Fruits and Vegetables!
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 awards 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 initially, 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 grant in 2018 to expand to more retail outlets in Buncombe and surrounding counties. Eventually this is expected to be a statewide initiative with conversations underway with Durham and Wilmington.
The award was announced on February 23rd and the program is expected to launch in April. As information and promotional materials with details on how SNAP recipients can take advantage of this program are released, we will post them on this page and ask that you promote this program with your clients and those who can benefit. Also look for a special alert via our email newsletter platform when these are available.
Stand Against Racism
The YWCA of Asheville invites community members and partner organizations to join the#StandAgainstRacism campaign.
The official dates for the campaign are Thursday, April 27 - Sunday, April 30, but Stand events can take place throughout the month of April.  
This year's Stand theme is Women of Color Leading Change.  
CLICK HERE for a poster of all the Stand 2017 events. 
REGISTER ONLINE at www.StandAgainstRacism.org. 
For more information about local efforts and partnering with YWCA of Asheville, contact stand@ywcaofasheville.org.  
 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. 

Join Asheville Residents in Gaining a Deeper Understanding of Racism and Working to Eliminate Racism in Our Systems and Institutions
The Racial Equity Phase I Workshop moves beyond individual bias and bigotry by presenting a cultural, historical, and structural analysis of racism. This workshop helps participants become clear on how race and racism have been constructed in the US and how ideas about racism live in our unconscious minds and social structures even 50 years after the successes of the Civil Rights movement.
When - May 19-20 8:00-5:15 each day.Where
Asheville City Schools' Central Office
Registration is $200 and scholarships are available.  Click for more details and to register
Community Workshops for the NC Public Transportation State Plans.
This May, stakeholders and the public are invited to provide input at community workshops across the state as part of the North Carolina Public Transportation Statewide Strategic Plan. The workshops are free and open to the public. No registration is necessary to attend. The N.C. Department of Transportation is developing the Public Transportation Statewide Strategic Plan to improve bus, rail, and paratransit services across the state by better matching transit services to the needs of North Carolinians. 
For more information, please visit https://www.ncdot.gov/nctransit/strategicplan/ For the Southern Mountains the workshop will be held:
  • May 11, 2017, 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • at the NC Arboretum, 20 Frederick Law Olmsted Way
*note: Workshop participants will receive a parking pass when they stop at the gate house
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. 
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.

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