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What the Standing Rock Resistance Can Teach Us About Reproductive Justice for Native American Women

Last weekend, the Army Corps of Engineers announced they will halt construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline through Standing Rock Sioux tribal land and look for alternative routes. The decision, which came after months of protest by thousands of Native people and supporters, will at least temporarily protect the tribe’s sacred ground and clean water supply. Continue reading


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SheVille History and Ribbon Cutting for the New SheVille.org with Friends on the Asheville Trolley

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(Here’s more of the “new” SheVille.org of WNC Ribbon Cutting on graduation week-end, spring 2005 with the “crew” and SheVille supporters sipping wine, riding through town on the Asheville Trolley, singing “Me and Bobbie McGee” along with the string band at the back. We picked up folks along the way!)

SheVille (that’s Asheville without the “A”) was begun in 1997 by Leigh Wilkerson as a small, local news, events and advertising vehicle solely for the lesbian community in Western North Carolina. In January 2005 the right to the name “SheVille” was purchased from Leigh and registered as a trademark by Va Boyle and Jean Cassidy. Their idea was to create an inclusive, online women’s magazine that would easily and affordably bring greater visibility for small, regional communities in the web marketplace. The first crew who helped SheVille.org come to life included Anne-Marie Dany, Kathryn Bradley, Kerry Daniel, Corrianne Billings and Jo Foster.


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The Community Foundation of WNC

Mission: The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina inspires philanthropy and mobilizes resources to enrich lives and communities in Western North Carolina.

Vision: The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina’s vision is a vibrant 18-county region where all people can find opportunity and enjoy the region’s many resources.

The Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1978 to build a permanent pool of charitable capital for the 18 counties of Western North Carolina. We work with individuals, families and corporations to create and manage charitable funds and make grants to nonprofits or public agencies in our region.

We manage $247 million (March 2016) in assets with a long-term investment strategythat permanently protects and grows these funds. In partnership with fundholders, the Foundation has awarded more than $180 million in scholarships to students and grants to nonprofit organizations and public institutions across our 18-county region and beyond.

What We Do

  • Work with donors to create charitable funds according to their specific interests and needs
  • Inform donors about critical issues and match them with giving opportunities
  • Responsibly manage the charitable assets in our care
  • Make grants and provide support to nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations and public agencies for improving communities in our region
  • Encourage and participate in community initiatives and partnerships
  • Build awareness of the importance of philanthropy


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The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development

Uniting for a Sustainable Future

 

Humanity faces unprecedented challenges to sustainable life on the planet. We all share a common purpose. Based in Jerusalem, The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development (ICSD) unites faith communities, teachers and leaders to promote co-existence, peace, and sustainability through advocacy, education and action-oriented projects. Read more about the Channels of Action here or to see our Theory of Change diagram, please click here.  Working with numerous foundations, private donors, and clients, ICSD has successfully implemented a range of projects from hosting interfaith environmental conferences to facilitating eco tourism in the Holy Land to conducting faith and ecology workshops for students of religion.  Continue Reading


Family Fun at Asheville Treetops Adventure Park

Are you looking for adventurous outdoor activities or exciting things to do in downtown Asheville? Well look no further…

Asheville Treetops Adventure Park includes approximately 50 unique climbing, zipping, walking, jumping, swinging, and rappelling challenges anchored to over 30 towering trees and poles tucked into a wooded park setting just 5 minutes from Downtown Asheville. The park contains 4 trails to choose from with various levels of difficulty. Each “Trail” includes 10 to 15 different challenges to complete the circuit.

In Asheville, outdoor activities of all kinds are a major attraction. We are proud to have created an outdoor adventure that is as unique as the city it lives in. Our challenges include zipline kayaking, snowboarding, hula hoop swinging, and many more unique elements that make this a “Truly Asheville Adventure”.

This is made possible by new technology called “smart belays” that are designed to assure Park Guests are attached to safety systems at all times and can not detach from the system until they have completed the aerial trail and are back on the ground. Guests can explore freely knowing the safety system monitors their attachments and is designed to not allow accidental unclipping from the safety points. It is an active adventure that incorporates physical fitness and personal accomplishment.


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FAQ

What are your web statistics?

Because Western North Carolina is such a seasonal as well as a destination region, our monthly statistics vary.  SheVille’s readership is large, with folks finding us online and by word of mouth of course. Two-thirds of our readers come from the southeast U.S., then national and about one-tenth international.  We have at least 4500 unique visitors monthly, with hundreds of people online in SheVille at the same time at any given moment. Each year we typically reach over half a million hits a month. SHEVILLE IS OPEN for business 24/7!

What can SheVille do for me?

Lots! If you join us as a business resource member, we can help you have a broad web marketing presence at a very affordable rate. There’s also opportunity to sponsor your favorite non-profit program at a reduced rate.

If you join us as a non-profit program, we can help you to become known by a wider audience, some of whom could be just the ones looking for volunteer opportunities or who intend to move to WNC are are interested in supporting our local programs.

If you join us as a personal member,  you are helping us get the word out about the many extraordinary women’s, arts and environmental groups and events in Western North Carolina.  Purchase announcement space or sponsor your favorite non-profit program.

Events’ announcements are free in the SheVille COMMUNITY CALENDAR!

Send in your questions to [email protected]

 


SHOP LOCAL WNC BUSINESS directory

For 120.00 per year you’ll get:

1. Your business description, contact information and your logo or picture – send a 300 x 300 .jpg or .gif or a small banner

2. A link to your website ( if you need a website, try www.1and1.com or call us )

3 An announcement of your business in “Latest News”

(If you have two businesses, list both businesses for a total of $175/year)


Women’s Wellbeing and Development Foundation News

This fall, WWD-F is developing some exciting programs at its Hillcrest Resource Center.There will be some practical workshops and classes for the residents, including a course in soap making, a doula training for residents, and GED tutoring classes. We have also partnered with the Manna Food Bank to run a monthly food pop-up for the community that provides fresh produce and other grocery items to families in need.

The HRC is also expanding its Get Fit Hillcrest initiative by offering a variety of workshops and opportunities for residents to get serious about their health through diet and exercise. And new on the horizon is the Hillcrest Youth Initiative, a week-long after-school program for middle school youth.


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Women’s Media Center SheSource database of women experts

WMC SheSource Experts for Journalists and Media

Women’s Media Center’s SheSource database of women experts is the go-to resource for journalists, bookers, and producers seeking women experts to appear on TV and to quote in print and online media.  When you need an expert perspective or a source on the leading issues of the day, come to WMC SheSource and we will connect you to leading experts from every field.  Click for SheSource experts

Why do we need WMC SheSource?

‘The sad fact is, gender inequality is so deeply ingrained in our culture, most people don’t realize there’s a problem….No major (issue) can be approached effectively without including the needs, views, and talents of the other half of the population …. We are all responsible for changing the conversation.  Not tomorrow, but right now.’
– Jane Fonda, Women’s Media Center co-founder


Who We Are – Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes


 

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Jean Cassidy, Owner & Managing Editor

Jean grew up in Chicago. She spent her professional career in community mental health, helping develop and manage clinical mental health services in Detroit, Michigan; Tampa, Florida; Catholic Rural Social Services in Cumming, Georgia; Psychological & Educational Consultants in Gainesville, Georgia; and Mountain Area Health Education Center Ob/Gyn Residency Program in Asheville, North Carolina. She was a member of the Adrian Dominicans for 17 years, and the community chorus Womansong of Asheville since 1996. She’s been at the helm of SheVille.org since its rebirth in 2005. She is a writer and poet with her first published book of poetry titled Toward the Clearing through Main Street Rag, 2014.

 

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Va Boyle, Owner and Consultant

Va (Virginia) was born in Malvern, Arkansas, the youngest of five. She is a doctoral level (PhD) clinical psychologist with expertise in children, family, couple, and group psychotherapy. She developed and directed a program for severely emotionally disturbed children and adolescents in Brunswick, Georgia. For over ten years she taught undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of child development and emotionally disturbed youth. She owned and managed a private, clinical practice first in Georgia, then in North Carolina for over thirty-five years. Va has lived in WNC, and been a member of Womansong of Asheville since 1995.

 

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Dan Cropper, Technical Manager

Dan is president and CEO of The Straight Edge Companies & WNC Advertising. Every company is the by-product of its founder’s cumulative life experiences. After attaining advanced degrees in business from one of New York’s finest business schools and spending many years working within the confines of traditional advertising agencies and marketing services, Dan & Malena Cropper founded The Straight Edge Companies recognizing the fact that the old advertising and marketing approaches of the past several decades were no longer the path to grabbing new prospect attention and securing new business. Since its beginnings in 2004, The Straight Edge Companies have grown into a nation-wide network of marketing production professionals spanning the country and making a tangible difference in the bottom lines of hundreds of client companies. The Straight Edge Companies are small and privately owned. Visit Dan’s website here: Straight Edge Website

 


SheVille Focus Group:

Our focus/advisory group members provide us with their content ideas, suggestions and requests for content.  The SheVille focus group is what we like to call “liquid and informal”…got it? Members are people who have knowledge/experience in these areas: Women & Children Education, Wage Equity & Employment, Reproductive Health, Maternal Health, Gender-based Violence, Racial & Gender Equality, the Environment/Climate/Sustainability.

We assess where we’re going and what changes and new ideas need to be implemented.  The task, of course, is limitless and that’s what makes it fun.  

If you have an interest in being a part of a SheVille focus group or have other ideas to share, please write Jean at [email protected]  and let us know, we’re interested!  

Jean Cassidy and Va Boyle

 

Thank You …Over the Years

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Rain Hummingbird, Marketing Manager 2009 – 2020

Rain grew up in Connecticut where her career path began in sales and marketing. She then was co-owner of a glassblowing studio for many years, greatly enjoying the art scene while managing the business and handling all sales and marketing. After moving to Western North Carolina in 2005, an area she loves and calls ‘home’, Rain’s intuitive practice in animal communication and Reiki evolved and flourished. Visit Rain’s website at: www.rainhummingbird.com. When she is not doing consultations for clients or working with SheVille advertisers, you can find Rain in her gardens communing with nature and animals.

 

 

LouiseLouise Bahia Thompson, Social Media Manager & Designer 2017

Louise completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. She received a $2,500 Summer Grant Award in 2014 for her Undergraduate Research “Challenging the Feminine: Gender Tropes in Classical Painting.” She is a Masters of Fine Arts candidate at Syracuse University’s College of Visual + Performing Arts Fall 2016. See her work and contact her on her website.


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**HAYWOOD COUNTY – Heart of the Great Smokies

Fresh adventure? Come and get it.

This place is absolutely gorgeous. We’re smack dab in the middle of the North Carolina Smoky Mountains, so prepare yourself for a vacation chock full of outdoor adventure, cultural delights, farm-to-table restaurants, unique shopping, farmers markets, craft breweries, mountain music, and anything else a fun-forward traveler could ever dream of. Click here for What to do, Where to stay when you visit the Smokies.


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ASHEVILLE LYRIC OPERA

 Asheville Lyric Opera Mainstage Performances

Asheville Lyric Opera is a professional, non-profit Opera Company located in Asheville, North Carolina. Because of its location, ALO has provides Western North Carolina with a magnitude of theatrical experiences at a central location, the Diana Wortham Theatre, in the heart of downtown Asheville.

Mission Statement: Building a professional opera company in Asheville and presenting an educational outreach within area schools and universities, thereby becoming a part of and enhancing the life of the family of arts and culture in Western North Carolina.


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