Tickets for Art Affair on sale NOW!

Click here to buy tickets! Life is our medium; education, enrichment and advocacy are our palette; and this vibrant city is our community canvas.  Join us at the newly revitalized Foundation, the fabulous new Wedge Brewery and 12 Bones location.  This gala event celebrates artistic Asheville with a vibrant palette of art, entertainment and an […]

Happy 2017! Let’s Do This!

Five simple words. What do they mean to you? To a kid growing up in multigenerational poverty, these words can mean the world.  Please help us educate, elevate and celebrate in the New Year! With ACCESS to resources, students who are not thriving at school can get academic support they need to grow and become […]

“How you do this one thing is how you will do everything.” – Zen saying

I know a woman named Theresa. She lives much closer to you than you think. She’s a hometown girl and she attended, but never graduated from Asheville High. She struggled with home issues and told me that she never saw many people from her neighborhood succeed.  She says she didn’t have the confidence or encouragement […]

“Altitude Affects Attitude… Introducing The Elevation Fund”

We are extremely grateful to all our donors.  It’s a community effort to break the cycle of poverty for children in Asheville, and every single contribution to OpenDoors helps achieve that mission.  Monthly giving, specifically, at any level, allows for steady cash flow in unpredictable times and for us to say, “yes” and extend special […]

OpenDoors Best-Fit Schools Program

Students with dyslexia work harder than most students as they attempt to stretch themselves and break new ground every day. We, in close partnership with parents, sometimes ask that students with learning differences take risks and invest in themselves by switching schools and attending what we call a “Best-Fit School.”  These are public, private or […]

Give the Gift of Community

“We have the resources to end poverty. The real question is whether we have the will.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The syllable “op” – as in optimism – derives from Latin.  Ops was the name of the Roman goddess of harvests. She blessed the activities of sowing and reaping. Add to that the […]

Stop the Clock to Start Over

Rajie left the courtroom, went back to her lawyer’s office, and broke down in hysterical tears. She was almost screaming between gasping breaths, saying she doesn’t go to a “real school” because she has been labeled with behavior problems and therefore attends Asheville High’s Alternative program.  She sobs a familiar teen sentiment,  “No one understands […]

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 […]

March 11, 2017 – Mark Your Calendar

We invite you to celebrate life in artistic Asheville, where OpenDoors students transform barriers into artful opportunities.  Life is our medium; education, enrichment and advocacy are our palette; and this vibrant city is our community canvas.  Join us, as we paint the town and invest in children– our shared future! The Art Affair, a premier […]

Improving Student Outcomes Through Middle School Academic Success

By Jen Ramming: OpenDoors loves the middle grades because they are a true test of our methodology, which relies very much on our volunteer TeamLeaders and parents working together to support their students with a “Whatever it Takes” approach.  In order to ensure that our 6th graders are at a best-fit school that embraces who […]

Art Affair 2015 – Save the Date!

Saturday March 7th, 2015. Tickets go on sale January 7th for the sixth annual OpenDoors of Asheville fundraiser, dubbed Art Affair 2015: A Starry Night.
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Dig the Du 2015

Thank you to everyone that came out this Sunday to make this year’s Dig the Du a success!

Event photos are available now.

Lives in the Balance: Helping children who are between a rock and a hard place.

Wally Wallington knows how to use a few pieces of lumber, a couple of baseball-sized stones, and the same amount of elbow grease it takes to twirl a child’s merry-go-round to single-handedly move a truck-sized block of solid concrete The retired engineer is solving the age-old riddle of Stonehenge and if you don’t believe me […]

Art Affair 2014 photography by Katherine Brooks

  Thank you to everyone who came out to support OpenDoors at this year’s Art Affair!  Please follow the link below to see more photos from the evening. Art Affair 2014 Photographs  

We did it!

Thanks to everyone who came out to Sky Valley Farms to support OpenDoors at this year’s Dig the Du!  Pictures are available here: https://opendoorsofasheville.shutterfly.com/