Junior League of Asheville Volunteer-a-Thon 2015
EVENT DATE: Mar 21, 2015
The Junior League of Asheville, Inc.'s members and community volunteers will be donating their time, energy and talents on March 21 to make a difference in the Asheville community. We have selected three local non-profits: Steadfast House, Claxton Elementary and Helpmate, Inc. Volunteers will be completing several projects at these locations including landscaping, painting, room makeovers and other projects to help these non-profits continue to be positive resources for the Asheville Community.
Please consider making a monetary donation for this worthy cause. Your donation will be used to support future Junior League of Asheville programs and community outreach. We thank you for your support.
Here's a little more information about the 3 non-profits where we are donating our time and resources:
Helpmate, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides free services to survivors of domestic violence in Buncombe County. Their mission is to work with our community to eliminate abuse and fear.
Services they provide include: a 24 hour hotline (828-254-0516), counseling, domestic violence education courses, emergency shelter, court advocacy, case management/service coordination and community education/professional training.
In 2013-2014, Helpmate served more than 2,000 people and responded to almost 2,400 crisis calls—an increase of 90.5% over the prior year. They provided shelter to 131 adults and 74 children for a total of 6,961 safe bed-nights, and 95% of residents reported an increased sense of safety upon exit. Helpmate supported over 1,000 people accessing help through criminal and civil court systems. Throughout the last year, they offered 34,705 units of service—an increase of 57% over the previous year.
During our Volunteer-a-Thon we will be taking on several projects including: working on their grounds performing yard work, sprucing up their interior with some fresh paint, as well as other light repairs needed around the property.
Steadfast House provides women a fresh start and a place to heal. Their mission is to provide stability to homeless women and moms with children, education and training that equip women for employment and sustainable housing, as well as reintegration skills and opportunities that lead to greater self-determination. They can house 27 single ladies and 7 moms and their children.
The Junior League of Asheville will be taking on several projects including room makeovers, yard work, cooking dinner for the current residents and preparing hygiene kits for the women and children who come into Steadfast House.
We are seeking donations for many of these projects including paint, bedroom furniture, towels, bedding, and items for the hygiene kits.
Claxton Elementary School
Claxton Elementary School was built in 1924 and is located in Asheville, North Carolina. Claxton was named in honor of Dr. Philander Priestly Claxton, who was a crusader of public education and former superintendent in Western North Carolina.
The mission of Claxton Elementary School of Arts and Humanities is to provide a safe learning environment so that each student can thrive in an arts and humanities based education that recognizes students as individuals and creates life-long learners.
In 2004, the school was renovated extensively and a new cafeteria, office suite and primary grade wing was added. Asheville City Schools has five elementary schools, each with their own magnet theme. Claxton Elementary School of Arts and Humanities provides a curriculum that incorporates art, music, drama and movement.
Serving students from kindergarten through fifth grade, our curriculum includes Common Core and Essential Standards through the integration of the arts, humanities, Fundations literacy program, and Investigations Math program. Students are exposed to 21st Century skills through the integration of technology, which includes keyboarding, use of laptop carts, manipulating with the Interactive White Boards in the classroom, and making global connections with various tools.
During the Volunteer-a-Thon we will be taking on several landscaping projects as well as general clean-up around the property.