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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Thank you to everyone that came out this Sunday to make this year’s Dig the Du a success!
Event photos are available now.
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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…
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.