Prizes offered to this weekend’s Give!Local donors

Some lucky folks are going to win some pretty great prizes this weekend, according to organizers of Give!Local, Mountain Xpress‘ end-of-year grassroots philanthropy project.

Here’s the deal: Donate $10 or more during Give Weekend — between Friday, Nov. 20 and Sunday, Nov. 22 — via the givelocalguide.org website, and you’ll not only get Give!Local’s fantastic coupon book (with special offers from dozens of local businesses), you’ll also be entered in a drawing for one of these great prizes:

  • a free pass to next spring’s Organic Growers School
  • an equine-assisted learning experience
  • $100 gift certificate to Patton Avenue Pets
  • $65 gift certificate to Asheville Family Fitness
  • a pair of “Wild Walk” passes to the WNC Nature Center

If you want to enter without making a donation, you can do so by mailing in the print donation form, available in the Give!Local print guide. Just write in “No donation,” fill in your basic contact information and mail it to us (making sure the postmark is during Give Weekend).

Give!Local is a Mountain Xpress project to promote and facilitate end-of-year giving to local charities. The campaign provides a fun, fast and easy way to give online from $10 to the $1,000’s. Donors can give to as many of the 30 participating nonprofits as they like and pay with one easy credit card transaction. Everybody wins — donors get free stuff (coupons, tickets, vouchers and other perks), nonprofits get new supporters and needed funds and local businesses get new folks coming through their doors in February and March.

Plus, one of the goals of the campaign is to help encourage a whole new generation of givers — children. Children 12 or under who give at least $5 (with their parents’ permission, of course), can get a kiddie scoop from The Hop and be entered to win one of these special kid-oriented prizes:

  • Six-month Book-of-the-Month membership from Spellbound Children’s Books
  • Kids bike from Motion Makers
  • Horse riding lesson from Equinox Horse Foundation

If you own or operate a business, it’s not too late to participate in Give!Local. Businesses can still offer goods and/or services as a perk to donors or help one of Give!Local’s nonprofits raise funds by providing a matching grant or employee match program, or by hosting a Give!Local party. Just email us at givelocal@mountainx.com to get involved. If you operate a nonprofit that would like to be considered for next year’s Give!Local, drop us a line at givelocal@mountainx.com and we will send you a reminder to apply next spring.

But mostly, if you want a quick way to help your favorite nonprofits and get a coupon book full of vouchers to local businesses and possibly win one of six great prizes, log on to Give!Local this weekend — on your computer or your smartphone — and make a donation.

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About Jeff Fobes
As a long-time proponent of media for social change, my early activities included coordinating the creation of a small community FM radio station to serve a poor section of St. Louis, Mo. In the 1980s I served as the editor of the "futurist" newsletter of the U.S. Association for the Club of Rome, a professional/academic group with a global focus and a mandate to act locally. During that time, I was impressed by a journalism experiment in Mississippi, in which a newspaper reporter spent a year in a small town covering how global activities impacted local events (e.g., literacy programs in Asia drove up the price of pulpwood; soybean demand in China impacted local soybean prices). Taking a cue from the Mississippi journalism experiment, I offered to help the local Green Party in western North Carolina start its own newspaper, which published under the name Green Line. Eventually the local party turned Green Line over to me, giving Asheville-area readers an independent, locally focused news source that was driven by global concerns. Over the years the monthly grew, until it morphed into the weekly Mountain Xpress in 1994. I've been its publisher since the beginning. Mountain Xpress' mission is to promote grassroots democracy (of any political persuasion) by serving the area's most active, thoughtful readers. Consider Xpress as an experiment to see if such a media operation can promote a healthy, democratic and wise community. In addition to print, today's rapidly evolving Web technosphere offers a grand opportunity to see how an interactive global information network impacts a local community when the network includes a locally focused media outlet whose aim is promote thoughtful citizen activism. Follow me @fobes

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