The Truth Fairy says… “Driving Costs!”

Transportation Costs Drive Children Deeper into Poverty. But with your help, OpenDoors can reverse that trend. The longer a child lives in poverty, the greater the chances are that they will never escape it. In fact, for those who spend even half of their critical childhood years in poverty, there is an 84 percent chance […]

The Struggle Bus

It was 12:30 in the afternoon, and with Shawntell as my guide, we struck out for our assignment, designed by OpenDoors Program Director Joseph Jamison. He titled it “The Struggle Bus.” Our mission was to start at the downtown public transit station and figure out how we’d get to work if we worked at the […]

Truth Fairy says… “Caps and frowns!”

This summer gives us ample reason to celebrate!  We are experiencing national graduation rates at an all-time high.  According to the North Carolina School report cards for 2017, graduation rates are higher at both the state and local level: Approximately 88% for both Asheville City Schools (ACS) and Buncombe County Schools (BCS) The racial gap appears to […]

Summer is here! Let’s go to CAMP!!

Summer is here!!! No matter how you plan to spend yours, you can make it even sweeter by supporting a local kid living in poverty this summer. There are many children living in Asheville who have little planned this summer to inspire or educate. The reasons vary from financial crises to not knowing where or […]

BootCampers Rescheduled Rain Date!

BootCampers for Summer Camp!

Join us for a unique OpenDoors opportunity to raise dollars to send local students to Summer Camp!  We are teaming up with Well.Fit Asheville to offer a family friendly, community fitness event. Come get your booty kicked with a real purpose! WHO : Open to all ages and fitness levels, anyone who enjoys having fun, being […]

Gearing Up For Summer!

We are partnering with YMCA Camp Watia to provide opportunities for our students this summer. Please stay tuned for ways to support our students throughout their summer vacation! Check out what these camps have to offer our kids and what they are all about! View more about YMCA Camp Watia at https://www.ymcacampwatia.org/

Art Affair 2018… Everything You Need To Know

Designers, artists, carpenters, stylists, local businesses and many other generous volunteers and sponsors are teaming up to open your hearts, blow your minds, and make our shared community as great as you imagine it can be.  Imagine Nation is our theme… transforming the lives of local students from the experience of “NO” to the unlimited […]

Check Out Our Stunning Selections for Live Auction!

We have many amazing auction items for this year!  Our hearts are full of gratitude as we present our Live Auction offerings, including exquisite art, fabulous travel experiences, and more.  Feast your eyes here and get ready to raise your paddle! Absentee Bidding Instructions here.

Art Affair 2018 Featured Artist Spencer Herr

We are thrilled to have stalwart OpenDoors supporter Spencer Herr as this year’s featured artist for the Art Affair. Mr. Herr’s work received one of the highest bids in last year’s auction, and with growing momentum as a nationally renowned artist, we feel fortunate that he selected a piece for the Art Affair specifically with […]

5 Tips for Success at a Benefit Art Auction

Lauren Brunk of Brunk Auctions gives us the inside scoop on how to navigate a benefit auction, help a worthy cause, and have fun!  We’re sold.    Choosing the right piece for you. The most important thing someone should consider is their personal reaction to the artwork: does it make them feel something? The “why” […]

A Catamount for a Cause

Quanteria Sitton, our new Student Advocate for OpenDoors, graduated from Western Carolina University in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Quan has many years of experience working with at-risk youth and youth with disabilities in the after-school and summer camp settings. She is a native of Asheville and offered to […]

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 […]

2017 Car Raffle–Enter to Win!!

You might win a Volkwagen Jetta or Golf Sportwagen from OpenDoors of Asheville!   Join us in investing in our community by purchasing a car raffle ticket.  All proceeds directly fund programming to uplift our children and provide them with the opportunities they need for maximizing their potential.  The drawing date will be on or […]

Making this Summer the Best One Ever!

Children are excited when school lets out for the long summer break.  Images of families visiting beaches, waterfalls, historic places and museums are all over social media. This is not the case for all children…many are left behind.  Kids growing up in Asheville’s poorest homes find summer hot, days long, and healthy food scarce.  Even […]

ananda fashion show – Sunday, April 23

Join us on the patio and in the beautiful new Wedge event room for an early evening artistic inspiration, exploring the world of hair and fashion! This Sunday, at 6pm, the new Wedge Brewing @Foundation and ananda Hair Studio will be presenting the annual ananda fashion show.  This collaborative event spotlights local talent while supporting […]

Behind the Curtain

The creative whizz-bang momentum of OpenDoors’ Art Affair usually starts around June, with visionary stylist Larry Hopkins, owner and founder of Asheville’s ananda hair studios, sketching concepts on a cocktail napkin with the OpenDoors creative team looking on. He’s saying something like, “I think the feel is… and the look could feature…” and from there, […]

Was It Anything But Amazing?!

Thank yous abound to more than 425 of you who attended Art Affair 2017; Urban Canvas – a HUGE success!  The impending weather was ominous, but when a diverse happy crowd of hundreds of beautiful people streamed through the doors of Wedge @ Foundation and 12 Bones, we knew the best party of the year […]

Art Affair 2017–Urban Canvas!

Art Affair 2017 takes place tonight!  Please join us as we invest in children and strengthen our community. VIP starts at 6:00 pm, General Admission at 6:30.  Attire is urban cocktail, bohemian black-tie, artistic Asheville. The event is being held inside the new Wedge Brewery at Foundation, 5 Foundy Street.  For a Google map, click here. […]

Mobile Bidding Starts Wednesday!

All pre-registered ticket holders of this year’s Art Affair will be able to bid early on Silent Auction pieces using their mobile device starting Wednesday, March 8th, at noon.  On Wednesday, once your smartphone number is registered, you will receive an automated welcome text message containing your bidder URL.  You can bid the next increment, set […]