Womansong is Asheville’s oldest and largest women’s chorus which started almost 25 years ago. Over time more than $45,000 from proceeds from concerts and donations have helped women in transition make new beginnings.
At a recent concert, Womansong performed the song “Help Somebody.” A line in that song captures the philosophy of the New Start Program (NSP), Womansong’s charitable arm: “Got plenty and then some, what do I do…I go out and help somebody get plenty and then some, too, that’s what I do.”
For more than twenty years the New Start Program (NSP) has provided grants to fill the gap for women in need when other funds are not available. More recently, the Womansong NSP has begun funding scholarships to help women improve their lives and better their prospects for meaningful employment.
In 2009, the NSP set up the first annual New Start Scholarship at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College to assist a woman entering a degree program. The recipient of that scholarship in 2010 was Katonya Owens (pictured at Scholarship Luncheon at A-B Tech with co-chair of the New Start Fund, Nita Walker.) Katonya is working on two Associate Degree programs in Automotive Systems Technology and Heavy Equipment Technology.
In December 2010, the NSP established eight more scholarships, four at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College and four at Haywood Community College to be awarded to women entering non-degree diploma or certificate programs. Generally, these programs can be completed in a shorter time period so that recipients can more quickly find employment. Additionally, Womansong has set up a special fund at both A-B Tech and Haywood Community College to help students who are in need of assistance pay for the initial immunizations required for their programs.
Womansong is committed to the New Start Program and believes that by giving these women a hand, the women, their families, and their communities are all uplifted.
For more information about Womansong, upcoming concerts, and the New Start Program, please visit www.womansong.org. Press Release from Marilyn Hubbard, Womansong Publicity, 828-686-9010 email@example.com Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or need more information. Thank you.
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