This week I thought I’d share a few opportunities…

Volunteer Opportunities

The Mountain Xpress recently featured this great volunteer opportunity…

NEWStrailblazers1-1100x825“For the past three summers, Nicole Hinebaugh has led a group of children from Asheville’s public housing neighborhoods down the hiking trails of Western North Carolina. This year, she needs extra help from volunteers to keep the program — the Trailblazers Outdoor Adventure Club — going strong. Most of these children have never seen the luscious greenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and Hinebaugh cites this as one of the main reasons why local nonprofit Women’s Wellbeing and Development Foundation founded Trailblazers. ‘Honestly, we realized that a lot of the children didn’t know about these any of these places,’ Hinebaugh explains.”

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To volunteer or learn more about the Trailblazers Outdoor Adventure Club, email Hinebaugh at nicole@wwd-f.org, or call 255-8777. To donate to the program, go to wwd-f.org/donate.

And the cover story of this month’s Urban News is the Read to Succeed Program…

Issac Coleman started Read to Succeed in 2008 because he was “especially troubled that so many children, particularly from public housing, were not reading at grade level.”  Volunteering for the Read to Succeed requires extensive training and a multiple year commitment – both things that contribute to the likelihood of success with the child you tutor.

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To find out more about being a volunteer for Read to Succeed, visit r2sasheville.com, contact Julie Sherman at mjuliesherman@gmail.com, 251-4949 or (510) 459-3208.

Social Opportunity

The WNC Diversity Engagement Coalition is hosting a Mountain Mixer this Friday, May 23, from 5 to 7 at the Haywood Lounge, 590 Haywood Road.  This drop-in event will be great chance to network and to support a minority owned business!

Ok, that’s it for this week! – Ami