Nicki Ingle: Spying the Sustained Value Behind Mission X

Asheville native Nicki Ingle brings business, marketing, and nonprofit experience ─ plus a deeply-felt love of Asheville ─ to her volunteer role as Co-Chair of Art Affair 2019: Mission X. We asked her about that, as part of the OpenDoors 10th Anniversary “10 Years10 People” series.   Question: What’s your focus leading up to this […]

Larry Hopkins and OpenDoors of Asheville: A deliriously-rewarding relationship.

For its 10-year anniversary, we are highlighting a few special members of the OpenDoors community. Larry Hopkins, who moved to Asheville in the mid-1990s, owns and operates ananda hair studio (22 Broadway St., Asheville) and its offshoot, ananda west (37 Paynes Way in the River Arts District). An avid supporter of the arts in WNC, […]

The ABC’s of Eradicating Child Poverty

“Reading, writing, and arithmetic are the branches of the learning tree. But without the roots of love every day, your education is not complete.” Recognize that scholarly quote? If not, read on…all things are revealed in their own time. Aren’t you glad you CAN read?  Many OpenDoors kids could not, until OpenDoors gave them some […]

Happy Valentine’s Day!

There are at least three saints named Valentine. Once upon a time, a priest named Valentine – who refused to comply with an order from a Roman Emperor to stop performing marriages – was condemned as a criminal. This Valentine didn’t lose his romantic idealism, though, and penned a love letter to the jailer’s daughter…who […]

Early Childhood Education is a Goldmine for Investors

Tom Kerr is a volunteer at OpenDoors. In the following blog, he offers his perspective on why he’s convinced that devoting his precious time – and hard-earned money – to OpenDoors is actually one of the best investments he can make. Childhood Education is a Goldmine for Investors Harvest season is winding down and it […]

The Key to Fueling Happiness

Research at Harvard Business School confirmed that philanthropic people are really and truly happier. The study also found that happier people are more inclined to give, and the more they give the happier they get. The conclusion is that philanthropy creates a perpetually-enhanced feedback loop to continually fuel our happiness, making it arguably the most […]

“Swift gratitude is the sweetest” -Greek Proverb

  Thank you artists, hospitality donors, corporate sponsors, and our beautiful, bighearted guests! Art Affair 2016 was the most successful Art Affair in the history of the event, generating more than $130,000 in vital support for hundreds of local children as they grow, succeed, and shine their brightest. Green Man Brewery owners Wendy and Dennis […]

Laureate Martin Moore Acceptance Speech

OpenDoors Laureate Acceptance Speech By Martin Moore I want to start by saying thank you as well. It means a great deal that I have the opportunity to be here tonight and even more that I can receive this honor for doing work that already means so much to me. Like Ms. Fair stated, as public defenders, we […]

Laureate Yolanda Fair Acceptance Speech

OpenDoors’ 2016 Laureate Acceptance Speech By Yolanda Fair (pictured far right) Thank you all very much for this honor. It means a lot and I am very grateful to be able to work in a position that I love and in a position where I am able to advocate for and help so many amazing […]

“I believe that children are our greatest asset.”

“Voyage” by Josh Copus “If I decide to donate a piece to an art auction, I want to feel proud of what that piece represents, because it is an honor and a privilege to be approached for a donation to a worthy cause.  When I give, I always make sure to give something that I […]

An Event Fit for the Gods

For the past six years we’ve watched the energy build around this annual celebration of philanthropy.  Now, as we near the 7th annual Art Affair, on March 5th at 7 p.m. (VIP Reception begins at 6:30 p.m.) we are experiencing a community effort that is astonishing, humbling, and unprecedented – and is a true and […]

“Where the great potential of humanity resides…”

By Andy Farkas “The world moves ever onward and often times we are all swept up in it. Our tendency is to keep our eyes forward to what is ahead and what we can do to make our own world a better place—sometimes at the expense of what is right around us, namely our children. […]

Peace, Love and Harmony Motors…

“Harmony Motors is dedicated to giving back by supporting many of the wonderful non-profit organizations focused on raising the quality of life for underserved children in Asheville. We enthusiastically support the mission of OpenDoors to end multi-generational poverty and to create new possibilities for kids and their families.” Scott Wilkerson, Owner Harmony Motors We are […]

“No man is an island, entire of itself…” John Donne

“Cold Mountain” by John Mac Kah “In this day of rampant individualism, we have forgotten the words of poet John Donne;  ” No man is an island, entire of itself. Everyman Is a piece of the continent. A part of the Main”. Or rather we don’t really know the words due to a lack of […]

Let’s Talk About the Elephant in Homeroom

Let’s Talk About the Elephant in Homeroom  Tom Kerr, Asheville Freelance Writer When you were in first grade, kids and teachers in your school may have sized you up pretty fast. The principal may have known your mom when she was a kid and made the honor roll. Maybe some teachers went to the same […]

“Life’s most persistent and urgent questions is, “What am I doing for others?”” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

It has been a privilege working with the kids of OpenDoors of Asheville. I have enjoyed watching their progress as we have explored the world of Portraiture. It is very gratifying to see a kid who thinks they have no talent for art discover the artist that has been hidden within them. It brings a great feeling […]

Porsche Raffle – Drawing October 1, 2016

Porsche Raffle – Drawing date October 1, 2016 For $150, you will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a 2017 Porsche Cayman or Cayenne, your choice.  Winner also has the option of selling the vehicle back to the dealership for cash.  To hold the drawing we will sell a minimum of 660 […]

“The beginning is the most important part of the work” – Plato

Each student we work with is a new beginning.  Solving academic challenges and eliminating barriers for students at risk for drop-out is like solving a puzzle or untangling a knot. OpenDoors is excited to have seen 35% total growth in resources, which allowed us to serve more students, train more teachers, and make greater impacts […]

OpenDoors of Asheville is Grateful for Your Support!  

You are changing lives. OpenDoors of Asheville helps students who are growing up in poverty to become proficient readers, inspired learners, and productive members of our community. We give special thanks this year to the generous support from the Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation, Parsec Financial’s ‘Parsec Prize’, and the Community Foundation of […]

OpenDoors of Asheville Partners with United Way to Ignite a Passion for Reading for Struggling Middle School Learners

Join us on Thursday, November 19th  from 1 pm to 2:15 pm at United Way of Asheville & Buncombe County Research shows (and experience supports) that one of the most fundamental components of breaking the cycle of poverty is assuring that students stay at or above grade level literacy and receive appropriate intervention if they […]