PITCHING IN: Chattanooga-area creative professionals volunteered their time to benefit local organizations through a 12-hour design marathon in 2017. This year, the Make a Mark organization expanded to Asheville and will host its first “make-athon” on Saturday, June 23. Photo courtesy of Make a Mark Foundation

Make-athon leverages top-notch talent to benefit local nonprofits

On Saturday, June 23, 30 local creative professionals will gather at Hatch AVL, volunteering their time, energy and expertise. And at the end of that very full day, each of the nine chosen groups will walk away with a completed creative product or plan that’s specifically designed to support their work in ways they wouldn’t have been able to achieve on their own.

Students in the Green Opportunities Greenway Construction Training program smooth out the temporary trail on the Town Branch Greenway behind the Wesley Grant Southside Center.

Green Opportunit­ies partners with city to build greenway trail

Funded by a $10,000 grant from Mountain Area Workforce Development, a $5,000 grant from New Belgium Brewing Co. and $2,400 from the city Transportation Department, the project established a 6-foot-wide trail on the Town Branch Greenway surfaced with fine gravel. The trail will serve pedestrians and cyclists until its planned removal in 2020 to make way for the greenway’s permanent path.