MAHEC physician gets invited to the White House for work to make it easier to get treatment for opioid abuse disorder.
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Community Impact Award winner takes on climate change
UNC Asheville Community Impact Award goes to student who lives their passions. Their advice to others? “I would say that there is never too little or too much support that you can provide to your community. Any amount of action is action.”
Shared garden feeds the need to help
Black Mountain’s community garden feeds its neighbors, figuratively and literally.
Nonnative not welcome
Land steward urges property owners to learn about the ecosystem around them and preserve the native wildness within.
Senior works to keep robots team funded and visible
Joe Kledis is the captain of operations and marketing for Glitch 2.0, SILSA’s robotics team that competed in its first competition at UNC Asheville on March 4-5.
Girl Scout delivers on baked goods to MANNA FoodBank
Girl Scout creates cake kits to provide ready-made celebrations for MANNA FoodBank. And that’s when she’s not acting, playing saxophone or learning French.
Q&A: Nesbitt Academy senior named county’s Distinguished Young Woman
High school senior talks about dance, how she avoids burnout, and the experience of performing in the Distinguished Young Women program. (Public speaking is hard.)
Q&A: Region’s top principal discusses her life’s devotion to education
“Everyone works together to make sure our students are educated, that their emotional needs are taken care of,” says Ruafika Cobb, principal of Ira B. Jones Elementary School. “People here just do it.”
Q&A: Local scholar discusses her work with NASA’s latest moon mission
Xpress speaks with Amy Fagan on the importance of lunar geology, what happens on a test mission and the historical impact of putting a woman on the moon.
Q&A: Local pharmacist earns statewide award for community work
Dr. Shawn Taylor discusses her local and international work, as well as how alternative treatments and pharmaceuticals can work together.
Q&A: Local disability rights advocate receives recognition for her community work
If it wasn’t for Kerri Eaker’s son, Dakota Kirkland, she would never have received the Jack B. Hefner Memorial Award for her disability rights advocacy work. In fact, as Eaker noted in her Nov. 2 acceptance speech, “Dakota has always proudly stated that he made his mama’s career.”
Q&A: Travis Rountree on the history of the LGBTQ+ community in WNC
Since 2019, Travis Rountree, assistant professor of English at Western Carolina University, has worked to help archive Western North Carolina’s LGTBQ+ community.
Q&A: Kent Purser discusses the mission behind his free joke hotline
Yes, Kent Purser is full of jokes, as his hotline reveals. But his thoughts behind the free service extend beyond any given punchline.
Q&A: What it takes to operate Winter Lights
Since 2018, Mary Rose Ridderbusch-Shearer has co-designed the N.C. Arboretum’s Winter Lights event. She discusses the ins-and-outs of the annual gathering.
Q&A: Judi Maisel on her life in the wig industry
Judi Maisel, owner of Secrets of a Duchess, discusses her life in the wig industry.
Q&A: Mary Crowe on the community effort to rename Clingmans Dome
Mary Crowe shares her experiences in a community-based effort to restore Clingmans Dome to Kuwohi.
Q&A: Future hopes and plans for Esther Neonatal Kitten Rescue
Xpress speaks with Andee Bingham, executive director of Esther Neonatal Kitten Rescue, about her organization’s future goals, advice she’d offer those launching a nonprofit and her favorite kitten story.
Q&A: Alfred D. Green on bringing chess to the community
Xpress talks with Alfred D. Green to discuss his nonprofit Young Struggle, what it means to be proactive within the community and how chess is more than just a game.
Q&A: Womansong choir sings for community causes
Xpress sits down with Jennifer Langton to discuss Womansong’s mission, the challenges women choirs face and the benefits of being a nonprofit.
Q&A: The benefits of participatory grant-making
Xpress speaks with Gina Smith about food policy, shared gifting and recommendations for how other nonprofits might integrate new models of fundraising into their operations.
Q&A: Ax thrower discusses the sport and local scene
Xpress recently sat down with Scott Brindle to discuss misconceptions about the sport, the ways in which ax throwing has helped him get through difficult times and advice he has for those interested in tossing a blade.