The Western North Carolina Human Resource Association (WNC HRA) is pleased to announce its February meeting will feature hiring strategist and “data nerd” Whitney Martin. Martin is the founder of ProActive Data and ProActive Consulting in Louisville, Kentucky. She is a highly-rated speaker and has presented at the National SHRM Conference and at the 2016 NC SHRM Conference in Asheville. She has also been published in The Harvard Business Review. Read More »
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As the Christmas holiday draws near, families are feeling the pressure of providing gifts for their spouses and children. With 20% of Asheville's population living at or below the poverty level, many are struggling to put food on their table or gas in their vehicles, much less using additional finances to fund Christmas gifts.
Like with our recent Thanksgiving initiative, AshevilleBlog is reaching out to our community and support those who find themselves struggling or needing additional help this time of year. We want to reach families who may not qualify for other traditional means of support through other local gift giving programs.
Our mission is to equip a minimum of 100 families with gifts for their children and spouses to ease the burden of holiday costs. In a unique twist, instead of handing out generic age appropriate gifts for children, we want to empower the families and make them a part of the gift selection process. Our staff and volunteers will be setting up a shop and inviting families in during set hours to select and gift wrap gifts for their children - completely free.
We have set up several donation stations across Asheville where you can drop off items to be set up in our store. Items for children of all ages, including teenagers, are appreciated. We also encourage items such as blankets, candles, movies, and other items that will allow older children or spouses to gift to each other.
If you are interested in making a financial contribution to allow us to buy items in bulk at a discounted price, you can PayPal money to Ashevilleblog@gmail.com, or contact us to arrange for pickup.
If you can't contribute otherwise but are interested in volunteering, there will be a signup form available. We need individuals to help run the store, sort items, pick up donations, and do other odd jobs.
The store will be only open for one weekend during limited hours, and more information will be coming shortly. If you or someone interested in applying to be able to shop for free, please fill out this short application (available soon). The more donations we get the more families we can serve.
You can find our donation stations at these convenient locations: Read More »
Eblen Charities and Wicked Weed Brewing are gearing up for the third annual sour festival scheduled for Saturday, July 16th. The Funkatorium Invitational (formerly Funk Asheville) will host 50+ breweries both well established and up and coming that are paving the sour and wild path for craft beer. Ticket sales are slated for Monday, May 9th beginning at noon via ETIX. Read More »
November 2015 marks Pastimes comic book stores' 35-year anniversary serving Asheville and the surrounding communities. The shop is honoring the monumental birthday by offering a huge 35% savings off most products in the store for the entire month of November. Pastimes also has plans for an all day giant birthday party on Saturday November 28th, with free comics, cake and fun for everyone! 35% of ALL profits that day will be donated to “Eblen Charities” for all the hard work they do for the community. Every weekend in November will have something extra special going on, from creator signings to free products, so watch the Pastimes Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages or visit their website comicshopasheville.com for frequent updates. Read More »
Aloft Asheville Downtown Hotel will move its Live@Aloft indoors to the W xyz bar this Sunday, December 7, to celebrate their holiday Live@Aloft event at 51 Biltmore Avenue. From 4-7 p.m., guests will enjoy local artists 3 Cool Cats, known for their vintage rock and swing music. The event is open to the public. Read More »