BENEFITING: JUNIOR LEAGUE OF ASHEVILLE INC
The Junior League of Asheville, Inc.'s members and community volunteers will be donating their time, energy and talents on April 16 to make a difference in the Asheville community. We have selected four local organizations: Claxton Elementary, MANNA FoodBank, Helpmate, Inc., and Black Mountain Home for Children, Youth & Families. 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. Below is more information about the four non-profits where we are donating our time and resources: 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, the 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. MANNA FoodBank is a 501-(c)(3) and a member of Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. In 2014, MANNA distributed 15,000,000 pounds of food, enough to provide 34,000 meals every day of the year. They distribute this food through their 248 partner agencies in the 16 counties of Western North Carolina. The founders of MANNA FoodBank had a simple purpose: that the people of Western North Carolina be enabled to go to work or look for work, to go school, to play, to worship, and to sleep without the barrier of hunger. Their current mission is to involve, educate, and unite people in the work of ending hunger in Western North Carolina. MANNA FoodBank works with local and national retailers, packing houses, farmers, and individual donors to acquire most of the food that is distributed. Other sources include the federal and state government, food drives, and food that they purchase in bulk. They collect, store, and distribute food to MANNA accredited nonprofits throughout 16 counties in Western North Carolina. MANNA provides direct service on a very limited basis to those struggling with hunger through their MANNA Packs for Kids Program, Food Stamp Outreach (FNS Program), and the MANNA Food HelpLine. On the day of the Volunteer-a-Thon, volunteers will be sorting and packing food. 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, on April 16th, we will be conducting several projects at Helpmate including: performing yard work, sprucing up their interior with some fresh paint, and other light repairs needed around the property. Black Mountain Home for Children, Youth & Families has been caring for abandoned, abused, neglected, and orphaned children in Western North Carolina for more than a century. Begun by Presbyterian minister Robert Perry Smith in 1904 as Mountain Orphanage, the Home began its ministry taking in Appalachian children whose parents had died or disappeared. Today, the ministry serves youth from birth through college graduation through family foster care, residential care, transitional living, and independent living. Typically, youth come to BMH when a court has decided that it is not safe or healthy for the child to remain with their family. Some may stay only a few weeks, while others may spend a considerable part of their growing up years at the Home. In 2009, the Home became licensed as a family foster care placing agency. In fiscal year 2012-2013, Black Mountain Home served 88 children from 15 counties in WNC. Black Mountain Home will consider placement of children from throughout the Southeast, but primarily serves the westernmost counties of North Carolina. On the day of the Volunteer-a-Thon, volunteers will be working at their new camp property which is right across the road. It has been vacant for over five years so there is a lot of work to be done to get cabins and the grounds ready for groups to use. We will be painting bathrooms, deep cleaning cabins, and some landscaping outside of the cabins.