When the time comes for a new leader or a new strategic direction, nonprofits recognize that sound decisions can mean the difference between a sustainable future and irrelevance. That’s why Mountain Xpress took a look at a spectrum of local nonprofits that have recently experienced significant change s or are now in the midst of transformative shifts in management or focus.
As families deal with competing demands, organizations that use volunteers have learned that flexibility is key. By smoothing the process of participation, groups such as the YMCA of Western North Carolina, the Junior League of Asheville and Girl Scouts Carolina Peaks to Piedmont are attracting kids to the habit of giving back.
In a Sept. 25 open letter, ten local organizations called on the Dogwood Health Trust, which would come into existence to receive the proceeds of the proposed sale of Mission Health to for-profit Healthcare Corporation of America, to ensure proportional representation of women and nonwhites on its board. The signatories also called for all geographic areas served by the trust to be represented.
In our weekly roundup of community news in brief, the Cheshire Fitness Club in Black Mountain is set to become the newest location of the YMCA of Western North Carolina.
“Naming the history of a problem in our black community does not discount the experiences of our rural white communities. It’s not an either-or argument. It’s an “and” discussion. And white, rural communities suffer from food insecurity, too.”
For a limited time, Ole Shakey’s offers the chance to play nine holes of miniature golf on its side patio. Also, Cucina 24 hosts a Polynesian rum dinner, Noble Cider offers A Taste of France and more in this week’s food news.
“It’s a great way to kick off the year — starting right off the bat with a goal like a 5K,” race planner Daphne Kirkwood says. “Whether you run or walk it, it’s a way to build momentum. … If you’ve already done something on New Year’s, you’ve started out on the right foot.”
Charitable organizations, food pantries and community gardens are working hard to combat hunger in WNC. And at the heart of those efforts, are hundreds of committed volunteers.
YMCA of Western North Carolina is holding their annual Healthy Kids Day today, April 12, in Pack Square until 3 p.m. The YMCA designed the annual event to “inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active.” This year’s event also marks the launch of the organization’s new mobile food kitchen and pantry.