The Big Ideas in Social Change for 2014 column in the New York Times changed the way we talk about OpenDoors Teamleaders.  Author Tina Rosenberg describes “Task-Shifting” as an alternative way that volunteers can learn to fill a need in the community without the full degree or training that specialists usually receive. The World Health […]

Help a Child Shine Bright


Your generous gift to OpenDoors of Asheville this holiday season will positively and permanently change the life of a child. Your gift also gains value for years to come because creating equal access to education and enrichment makes a critical difference in a child’s ability to become an inspired learner and a contributing member of […]

Thanks for Gifts that Keep on Giving

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OpenDoors is committed to helping students who live in poverty to become proficient readers before they enter high school. We are able to do this thanks to generous support from the Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation and the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina’s People In Need Grant. We are enormously grateful to […]

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!

Art Affair 2015 - Save the Date - March 7th, 2015

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.

More info » Artwork Sneak Peek!

Parker + Priddy = Perfect

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By Jen Ramming: OpenDoors of Asheville is made possible by those who are willing to collaborate. WNC is, both historically and today, full of fanatically independent spirits. But on a daily basis we are astonished by the number of people who come forth with their time, money, talent, and hearts to collaborate and make a […]

Dig the Du 2014


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

Event photos are available now.

OpenDoors VISTA Brings the Art of Stepping to Isaac Dickson Elementary

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By- Jess-Mara Jordan: Stepping is a type of dance that is done with your entire body being used as an instrument. It is a combination of spoken word, stomping and clapping. It’s origins date back to South Africa where the miners used to make rhythms with their boots, called gumboots, when drumming was not allowed. […]

Extreme Sport and Extraordinary Spirit

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The Perry family, who generously provides the large and splendid venue for our annual ‘Dig the Du’ offroad Duathlon event, doesn’t like to be  “fussed over.” They give back to their community in gigantic ways, but prefer to do so in a quiet and unassuming manner, just as their beloved Grammy Lew did. Today, October […]

The 4th Annual Dig the Du presented by Hunter Subaru is this coming Sunday!

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This race is WNC’s best off­-road duathlon and a fun and exciting multi­-sport competition including races for both adults and youth ages 6-13, raising money for OpenDoors’ Llewellyn Perry Scholarship Fund. Race start time is 10:30 am at Sky Valley Farms near Dupont State Forest in Hendersonville, NC. This very challenging but fun, family ­friendly race event is […]

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 […]

A poem by OpenDoors Youth, JaZe’l Thompson

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I am from I am from the worms to the birds I am from the rich to the poor I am from trixs to lucky charms I am from the devil to god I am from apes to a human being I am from the video games to the text books I am from A […]

Art Affair 2014 photography by Katherine Brooks

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  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  

Art Affair 2014


Saturday, March 1st, 2014

One Night in New Orleans is gha-rawn-teed to inspire a veritable parade of rolling good times.
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We did it!

Jess, Daphne, and Kya

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

OpenDoors featured in Asheville Citizen-Times


In the beginning, there was great suspicion and mistrust as residents of the Hillcrest public housing complex observed the white, suburban soccer moms dropping off a young black boy after practice with their own sons, the sounds of high-fives and laughter floating from the minivans as the friends said their goodbyes.

Executive Director Jen Ramming featured as WLOS “Person of the Week”


She began as a volunteer in her sons third grade classroom. But what our Person of the Week experienced, inspired her to go much further than third grade. She created OpenDoors, and it’s opening hearts and minds…

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OpenDoors referenced in WNC Parent Magazine

View the article (see page 13).

OpenDoors Event Helps Children in Need

"Monkey III", by Daniel McClendon

It’s only four years old but it’s already one of the most popular fund-raising events in the area. At 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 23, a growing crowd of supporters will gather for the OpenDoors of Asheville Art Affair at The Venue, 21 N. Market Street, for a “Paris of the South” themed evening to help raise money for children living in poverty. There will be fine art, gourmet food, wine, beer, and lots of great entertainment. Read the full article on the Laurel of Asheville.

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"White framed Theo", by Gabriel Shaffer

Artwork for “The Art Affair 2013″ is starting to arrive, and we can’t wait to show it to you!
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