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WNCAL Lyme Disease Support Meets Tonight August 17, 2016 07:58

Do you or a family member suffer from Lyme Disease?Tonight, 8/17, at 6PM at our HQ (957 Riverside Dr., Asheville NC 28804), we are having a support group for Lyme sufferers.
Bring a beverage for yourself and any information or stories you'd like to share. Free and open to all.

Announcing WNCAL PRIDE for LGBTQ rights! Please help! August 12, 2016 11:16

Hello friends! As we move forward with this facet of WNCAL's many resources, we wish to create a roster of interested folks looking to be active and build a team of people as a support system!

If you're interested and passionate about LGTBQIA affairs please let us know through a private message that includes your name, email, telephone number as well how you would like to participate in our team!

We can also provide training and/or mentorship until you're comfortable handling your own cases.

Sharon, Jane and Sandora very much look forward to working with you!
If you can't volunteer. PLEASE DONATE.


Pierogi Party! August 25th at MotoVicious! August 11, 2016 10:12

Come one come all, and delight your face by putting delicious pierogies into it!

Join us on August 25th at 6 pm for a real Pierogi Dinner at Moto Vicious, 99 S. Lexington Ave., Asheville.

We're serving homemade pierogi, gluten free pierogi and vegan pierogi. Keilbasa and Haluski too!

You want toppings with your piergoies? We've got toppings!
Crumbled Bacon
Cheese
Green Onion
Butter Onions
Sour Cream

Beer is available on tap for purchase, and we'll be serving up Lemonade and Hibiscus tea for the price of admission.

Tickets in advance are $13 for adults and $7 for the wee ones. At the door $15/$8. Click above for your advance pricing.

You can also purchase a scholarship ticket for someone who can't afford to pay their way - help your hungry hungry neighbors feed their faces with yummy, yummy pierogies! Just add a scholarship ticket onto your purchase while checking out on the website.

We'll see you over a plate of hot, delicious pierogies!


Calling WNC Artists and Craftspeople! August 10, 2016 12:15

Riverside Curiosities will be featuring consigned work be local artists and craftspeople. Come be a part of our funky store and help raise funds for WNCAL's important work in the community! So far, we have everything from beard oil to leather art to paintings. All we need now is YOU! Reply in comments and a WNCAL representative will contact you.

WNCAL School Supply Drive July 16, 2016 08:04

WNCAL Kids - School SUpply Drive

The new school year is almost upon us, and buying school supplies can be a daunting task when you worry about paying the monthly bills. Please help us help others by donating a new backpack or school supplies to be distributed to those in need. All donations can be dropped off at WNCAL at 957 Riverside Drive or at Mitchell's Tuxedo's at the Asheville Mall!

We hope to receive:

  • 150 backpacks (no wheels allowed)
  • 300 composition books
  • 300 spiral notebooks
  • 100 boxes of crayons (24 count)
  • 100 plastic school boxes (5x8)
  • 150 boxes of tissues
  • 100 pairs of safety scissors
  • 150 packs of colored pencils
  • 300 packs of loose leaf notebook paper (wide ruled)
  • 100 packs of loose leaf notebook paper (college ruled)
  • 500 glue sticks
  • 200 three ring binders
  • 150 bottles of hand sanitizer
  • 50 packs of highlighters

This is what the school lists look like this year if you have children in elementary and high school. With your help, we can make their school year start off without the stress of doing without.

Thank you for being a giving part of our community.

Drop offs:

WNCAL HQ
957 Riverside Dr.
Asheville NC 28804

Mitchell's Tuxedo
Asheville Mall

3 S Tunnel Rd
Asheville, NC 28805

It's really easy! July 10, 2016 14:05

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Summer Lovin' - So Much is Happening June 04, 2016 13:23

Happy Summer, everyone!
We see ourselves moving into another gorgeous summer in western North Carolina. We are beyond thrilled that we're still here, and still growing a year and a half from when we started. Recently we've taken some tremendous growth spurts, and that is a reflection of the beauty within our community.
We are helping more people, mostly because more people are actively caring. Just yesterday at our lovely Volunteer Visit at the Woodfin Riverside Park, we were blessed to have 5 new volunteers join us in this mission of community care!


Melissa Gray of Cakes by Gray fame, has raised $230 for WNCAL's Summer Lovin' Campaign  by auctioning an amazing contemporary Mirror Glaze Cake!
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Currently, Felicia Winters is hosting a special fundraiser via her Jamberry Consultancy for WNCAL's Summer Lovin' Capmpaign. Please, if you haven't already, check it out!

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A little while ago there was a change to the community rules on WAX which prohibits people from Crowdfunding within the community group, after some negative and questionable experiences with GoFundMe's perhaps not being legitimate. Now folks are required to go through an intake and assessment through WNCAL before attempting to fundraise in the group. This has increased the number of people we are able to assist in making positive strategies to negate the need for crowdfunding altogether. But it also has increased the demand of our resources and volunteers. We quickly grew from a few hundred clients to closer to 1000 on the roster  in relatively short period of time. And so our fundraising efforts have had to increase as well.
With this growth we find ourselves no longer able to maintain our current structure of each working member doing so independently from their laptops, from their own living-rooms and cars. We have been actively looking for an opportunity to grow into a space for a while. Recently, with some clever investigative skills one of volunteers was able to track down the owners of a space that is ideal for a base of operations for WNCAL. We have met with the owners and explored the space. We are quite sure it's the right space for us to have our offices, food pantry, resource center and a thrift shop. We will keep you posted as to how this progress develops moving forward! We are so excited. This coming to fruition would improve our efficiency and enable us to help more people in less time while using less resources than before.

In the coming weeks we are meeting with Homeward Bound to see how we can help their veteran clients get their needs met and make their lives better. We are very excited about that!

We've got some really great events coming up. Keep up with events by following us on FaceBook, or by joining the volunteer group on FaceBook. We hope you'll join us!

We're to begin the big demo and rehab of the house for one of our homeless clients and will be needing all different kinds of volunteers to make it happen. We will also need donations of supplies and / or contributions to the Summer Lovin' campaign to see it to it's positive and happy ending. While our client is waiting for her new home to be readied our own lead contractor, Tony Hyers, has allowed her the use of his camper at the homesite. This was a thoughtful and generous detail completely taken care of out of the kindness of his heart.

We have several clients in Mediation & Family Court in multiple counties in WNC right now and really need your support to keep their cases covered by competent counsel. Please consider donating to the Community Legal Fund.

One of our goals is to help families stay together in harmony, and return harmony to those families who have chosen to live separately. Our Co-parenting Mediation and Family Strategy Implementation services have been much with delightful success. We provide strategies and coping tools to family members to keep the family structure solid and productive. Because of this success and popularity we've started offering non-client mediation services for those who do not necessarily need to become full clients of WNCAL, but would benefit from those programs. Those programs are offered on a sliding fee scale to make it accessible to everyone.

We urge you to be active in your neighborhood and community. Whether by doing good works near your home or business or by joining us directly in caring for clients of WNCAL. Or by taking the opportunity to contribute financially, or by donating goods and services.

Don't forget to take part in our Summer Lovin' Campaign and share it with your family and friends!

As always, people make it work.  We thank you for your support.

 

 

 

 


WNCAL Pierogi Dinner February 29, 2016 12:06

WNCAL Pierogi DInner

Join us on March 31st at 6 pm for a real Pierogi Dinner at Moto Vicious, 99 S. Lexington Ave., Asheville.

We're serving homemade pierogi, gluten free pierogi and vegan pierogi.
Keilbasa and Haluski too!

We'll have the best toppings and accouterments:

  • Crumbled Bacon
  • Cheese
  • Green Onion
  • Butter Onions
  • Sour Cream

Moto Vicious has beer on tap and we'll be serving Lemonade, Hibiscus Tea and more...

Tickets in advance are $13 for adults and $7 for the wee ones.

At the door tickets can be purchased for $15 and $8 for the wee ones.
You can also purchase a scholarship ticket for someone who can't afford to pay their way!


Cocktails for a Cause, Join Us! February 04, 2016 13:28

You're Invited! We're having cocktails and company at The BLOCK off biltmore. Proceeds benefit WNCAL's Sustenance & Support Center and The Tiny Homes Project.
At 7pm we'll be talking with Uncle Tony (Hyers) about The Tiny Homes Project and later we'll casually discuss the gorgeous aspirations for the Sustenance and Support Center.
Music begins at 7:30 pm
Regular venue menu available for purchase.
$2 cover at the door


Coming Soon... with your help; WNCAL Sustenance and Support Center January 07, 2016 11:51

2015 was an amazing year. 
2016 is shaping up to be more so.
 
We have reached our maximum effectiveness threshold operating as we have done for the better part of the past year. We've grown enough, now, to require a space in which we can have our much anticipated Sustenance and Support Center...but we need your help!!!
The sustenance and support center will provide a central location for donation, distribution and administration for the community. Of course, we will continue to deliver items needed by those who cannot make their way around. But this location will make it much more efficient for us to get necessary items to where they are needed, instead of two or three volunteers having to make exchanges in order to deliver items, one volunteer can go to the SSC pick up the items to be delivered and be on their way. 
 
At the SSC we will have a food and necessity pantry as well as a clothes closet and eventually a community kitchen and thrift area. 
At the moment we have access to inventory support for the food pantry so it's super important that we find ourselves with an appropriate location while the access to that support is still available.
 
You've helped us grow this far and we need your help in taking this next important step. Please donate to help us bring this amazing community asset to fruition. 
If you have other ways to help or ideas to share please contact us and let us know!