“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 […]

Thank You to All Pets Animal Hospital!

We would like to extend a warm thank you to our friends at All Pets Animal Hospital on Reynolds Mountain.  Drs. Josh Cook and Eddie Heath graciously welcomed OpenDoors student, Jazel Thompson, into their exam rooms and operating rooms for 2 days of a shadow experience during his Thanksgiving Break from The Gow School.  Jazel was able […]

Celebrating Thanks and Giving

Entering its fifth year, GivingTuesday is a global day of giving, fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season the Tuesday after Thanksgiving — and helps counterbalance the materialistic frenzy of shopping that often overshadows what is meant to be a season of giving. Statistics show, for example, that […]

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 […]

Let’s Stand Up for Children!

Asheville was honored last month by the presence of Marian Wright Edelman, Founder of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), who spoke on the issue of child poverty at an event organized by Pisgah Legal Services. The Children’s Defense Fund is a non-profit child advocacy organization that has worked relentlessly for more than 40 years to […]

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 […]

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 […]

OpenDoors receives prestigious Melvin R. Lane Grant

OpenDoors is honored to be one of six recipients in 2016 of the Melvin R. Lane grant.  This three-year capacity building grant will pay for an additional staff person and support strategic planning. Thank you to The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina and the Melvin R. Lane Foundation board and family members who make this growth […]

Calling all of our Facebook Followers!

A $25 investment that pays huge rewards and lifelong dividends?  Yes, please.   In times of social unrest, senseless violence, and painful division, allow a young person challenged by poverty to have opportunity… opportunity to succeed, to work and to reach their potential.  Make change happen in Asheville. If each of our Facebook followers will […]

Be a Part of Something Big in Asheville

Asheville gets so much hype in today’s media.  In fact, Liveability.com just ranked Asheville as the 12th best place in the country to live.  As a community we must work together, so that Asheville can be a great place for the kids who already live here, to call home.  A recent New York Times news analysis says […]

This Is How We Roll… OpenDoors and RiverSpace

OpenDoors helps to pilot the RiverSpace program in partnership with local kayaking legend, Andrew Holcombe to offer kayaking instruction to our middle and high school student ambassadors. In this program, students learn about their strengths and challenges while kayaking on the French Broad River and in the UNCA pool. The program aims to provide OpenDoors students with exposure to […]

OpenDoors Kids Treated to a Hiphop Art “Trek”

OpenDoors was excited to partner with PATH (Preserving, Archiving, and Teaching HipHop) during a 3-day urban visual arts workshop, led by the internationally-renowned artist Trek6 – who divides his time between Asheville and his hometown of Miami, FL, and celebrated Miami based HipHop MC, Sekajipo.  PATH is an innovative organization that uses HipHop culture and education to advance academic […]

“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 […]

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. […]