It is important that everyone in our community take steps to reduce the impact and spread of COVID-19. The safety of our neighbors, family, and friends is protected when all of us practice physical distancing, eliminate all unnecessary travel outside the home, and stay home when you are sick. Employing these strategies is the best way to manage the spread of COVID-19 in Buncombe County and our region. But what should you do if you are sick or unsure about whether you have COVID-19? CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE
**We are continuing mobile markets, but instead of client choice we are pre-packing food boxes for our neighbors to just come and pick up.**
**While schools are closed, we are also offering free meals for kids under the age of 18 at 6 school sites. Please review the links below for locations and times.**
Tampa, FL (March 20, 2020) – In the 94 years that McKibbon Hospitality has been in business, they have never endured more challenging times. COVID-19’s impact on our business, our industry, our communities, and the entire world, has been rapid and nothing short of devastating. For that reason, the company has been forced to make extremely difficult decisions, including completely suspending operations at several hotels and laying off the majority of their highly valued associates.
I don’t know if my present anxiety levels are at an all-time high because I’m terrified of the possibility of catching COVID-19 or if I’m just overwhelmed by the thought of being quarantined for two weeks or more with a preternaturally curious and questioning 6-year-old (who seems to have an impossibly protracted “WHY” phase going on right now).
Short answer: No.
A couple weeks ago, I wrote a post about what to do when the market is down. Since that post, the market has continued to drop, causing many people to feel concerned, if not downright panicked.
My opinion hasn’t changed: steady on and find something else to distract yourself from the inflammatory media reports.
By Amy Worthen
With a pandemic upon us, here are some links and notes that I hope will be of use. Much love as we take care of ourselves and those around us.
“Gratitude is not a virtue but a survival skill…”
Nature guru Worth McAlister and expert birder Bob Wilson embarked on early morning journeys into the exciting world of avian friends, along with about a dozen local nature enthusiasts. Armed with binoculars and field guides, the groups headed out from French Broad River Park to see how many bird species could be encountered, in just a few hours’ time, along the Wilma Dykeman RiverWay. The crews were amazed and thrilled with what they found.
By The Representation Project
Last year, the Baltimore Museum of Art made a major announcement that was met with both criticism and applause: they decided in 2020 they would only be purchasing art made by women. In an interview with AFP, Museum Director Christopher Bedford said that of the museum’s 95,000 works, only 4% were made by female artists. This inequality in artist representation spans beyond the Baltimore Museum of Art – it’s a nationwide norm. An article published by the New York Times revealed that between 2008 and 2018, only 11% of work acquired by America’s top art museums were created by women. To put these percentages into numbers, that’s only 29,247 pieces out of the 260,470 total acquired works. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE
“We do not love what we cannot name, and what we do not love we will not save.” Robert MacFarlane
The Western North Carolina Nature Center is proud to present 2020VISION: A new strategic plan for our future. Highlighting the unique wildlife of the Southern Appalachian region both past and present, the Nature Center will become a true gateway to the incredible world of the Southern AppalachianMountains.
Did you know that locally owned businesses circulate 3 times more money back into the local economy than chain stores?
Supporting local businesses and workers is one thing each of us can do right now. We’ve set up this page with resources, key information, creative initiatives and contacts.
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A laboratory at the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) has been renamed in honor of JoAnne Edgerton of Asheville.
Thankfully during this time of social distancing, we don’t need to distance from the garden or farm. Here are some resources to help:
March 18, 2020
“We stand together in this circle, in this place, in this grove. As we stand together, shoulder to shoulder and hip to hip, we are in the Mother Grove and we are the Mother Grove. We put our roots down into the ground and we hold each other in the stout and well-woven basket of this beloved Goddess-led community.”
Self-Help Credit Union serves more than 77,000 members through 33 branches in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida and Southwest Virginia. In Asheville, Self-Help CU proudly serves members through a pair of branches at 391 S. French Broad Avenue and 1911 Hendersonville Road. More broadly, Self-Help CU’s Western North Carolina branch presence extends into the communities of Brevard, Hendersonville, Lexington, Maiden, Morganton, Old Fort and Rosman. Our members enjoy the benefits of belonging to a credit union while a supporting our larger mission to expand opportunities for all, including people of color, women, rural residents, low-wealth families and communities that may be under-served by conventional lenders.
I’m five hours into facilitating a professional development on race for a group of teachers.
Overall, the morning was positive: everyone has remained engaged in the activities and readings, and it’s clear my co-facilitators and I are pushing teachers outside of their comfort zone. And yet most of the conversation has remained at the surface level, in part because the White teachers in the room are staying particularly quiet.
By Jennifer Adams
On February 1st, we lost our beloved Bevie. Belva “Bevie” Adams was Nathan’s ninety-four year-old grandmother. I had known her for many years, so she felt very much like my own grandmother as well. She was sweet, stubborn, rebellious, and the glue in the Adams family.
The famed conductor traveled at night, employing deep knowledge of the region’s environment and wildlife to communicate, navigate, and survive.
Many people are aware of Harriet Tubman’s work on the Underground Railroad and as a scout, spy, guerrilla soldier, and nurse for the Union Army during the Civil War. Fewer know of her prowess as a naturalist. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE
With all the problems facing the world right now, it’s easy to get discouraged. It’s natural to feel a sense of despair, or to think there’s nothing you can do.
If this sounds familiar to you, you may need a little pep talk from the Rainforest Alliance‘s own Jungwon Kim. Watch her recent talk to understand why engaging and acting with love and hope is essential—and how it can be the antidote to despair.
The hard work from a couple of our chapter members on this effort has paid off, and Asheville City Council has endorsed our bill, H.R. 763. Now it’s time to show the Council some gratitude, and we need your help! Will you take a moment to call them or write a note and say thanks?
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