July Outreach - Collecting Items for Migrant Worker Families

Migrant workers are an integral part of WNC's agricultural success, which means they play an important, valuable role in our county’s economic success. They are our neighbors, hard-working members of our community from April until late October.

Unfortunately, many live in very undesirable conditions. Upon inquiring, we have been told that the most urgent needs are the following:


Sun block, lip balm, hats, long sleeved clothing, socks and underwear, tanks, tshirts (adult men and women - size: S, M), L.)  In short, items  most needed are those that will assist in protection from the sun!

We have learned that the agency has received a grant for school supplies for the children, who have the opportunity to attend Summer School at the Boys & Girls Club. 

Please bring items to Unity of The Blue Ridge.  For more information, please contact Rev. Christy at 828-891-8700. 


Join Building Bridges of Asheville for a special screening and talkback of the film "Raising Bertie" at the Grail Moviehouse on Saturday, July 22, 1 pm and Sunday, July 23, 7 pm

Building Bridges is excited to announce a community collaboration with our friends, Grail Moviehouse, for a special screening and talkback of the film, Raising Bertie. Representatives from Building Bridges will lead a facilitated discussion after the film for the following screenings:

  • Saturday, July 22, at 1 pm (Building Bridges representatives Greg Bonin & Gerry Leonard)
  • Sunday, July 23, at 7 pm (Building Bridges representatives Danae Aicher & Michael Beech along with the film directors) 

Please visit the Grail Moviehouse website to purchase your tickets in advance and for additional information about their independent, locally owned theater.

Raising Bertie is an intimate portrait of three African American boys coming of age in rural North Carolina. Set in Bertie County, a rural African American-led community in Eastern North Carolina, Raising Bertie takes audiences deep into the emotional lives of three boys – Reginald “Junior” Askew, David “Bud” Perry, and Davonte “Dada” Harrell – over six-years as they come of age. This powerful vérité film produced by Chicago’s internationally acclaimed Kartemquin Films (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters), Raising Bertie movingly weaves the young men’s stories together as they try to define their identities, interconnecting narratives of family, youthful innocence, first love, systemic racism, educational inequity, poverty and unemployment, and the will to succeed in the face of formidable odds.

About Building Bridges

The mission of Building Bridges is to dismantle racism by fostering relationships that respect diversity, seek understanding and encourage action. We provide educational programming paired with a safe place to learn, reflect and discuss.

Since 1993, Building Bridges has profoundly impacted people and institutions throughout Western North Carolina. To date, more than 1500 participants have attended the program.e look forward to seeing you at the movies this weekend! 

Knitting/Crocheting Hats & More for Area Agency

Unity of The Blue Ridge launches a new Community-Service Outreach program in February, 2017.  Unity is partnering with “Caring for Children” and is furnishing winter knitted hats, for babies, toddlers, teens and young adults.  Baby blankets and scarves for all ages are also being supplied.  

Caring for Children has served WNC for over 40 years.  Caring seeks to nurture hope and create a safe environment for children and families in crises by providing high quality care, shelter, education and emotional and medical treatment.

Unity knits winter hats for:

  • Babies
  • Toddlers
  • Teens
  • Young adults
  • Baby blankets + scarfs for all ages provided

Help Unity be a meaningful partner and join our efforts.  No regular meetings are planned.

See Ruth Franz, Cosette Goeble, or Alan Burgess for additional information or call 828-505-0161.

MCC Sacred Journey is pleased to bring David Ferrell to Hendersonville! Saturday, August 12th

Tickets go on sale July 1. Get tickets early as this event will sell out! http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2989159. You will have the option to print your tickets or we will have a Will Call area. Tickets are $20.

MCC Sacred Journey is pleased to bring David Ferrell to Hendersonville! For over 25 years, comedian David Ferrell has shown audiences that comedy can be clean and funny! 

As Heard on Sirius XM "Laugh USA"  For over 25 years, David has delighted audiences across America with a high-energy mixture of hilarious humor and outrageous impressions. David is a multi-time nominee for Comedy Act of the Year by the Inspirational Country Music Awards, sharing the honor with Mark Lowry, Dennis Swanberg, Chonda Pierce, and some of the biggest names in clean comedy!


2017 WNC Coptic Conference - August 25th and 26th

"Embracing Inner Peace; A Gathering of Lightworkers!"
 2017 WNC Coptic Conference in Flat Rock, NC
The Coptic Fellowship International and The Namaste Center for Spirituality,  Healing and the Arts are co-sponsoring this event held at the Blue Ridge Community College Conference Hall

Friday, 2-8pm: Healing Services and Personal Readings

Saturday, 8:30am-5:30pm: Inspiration, Fellowship and Music
James Twyman~ Victoria Johnson~ Rob Wergin
Barb and Bob Huttinga~John Davis

*Bookstore and Metaphysical Gifts will be available at the event!

Dedicated to the memory of conference co-founder, Ron Prickett
For more information, or to register, please visit: http://www.copticwnc2017.com/
*Website will be updated with information on Healers, Readers, Vendors and other important conference details.....check in regularly to stay in the loop!