West Marion Community Forum

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West Marion Community Forum Inc

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Keeping It Fresh with Healthy Food Options

In early May 2017 The West Marion community held a ground-breaking ceremony for a new garden that will provide fresh and nourishing food for folks living in this neighborhood. 

The garden, named Keeping it Fresh, will grow beans, squash, tomatoes, peppers, herbs, okra, cucumbers and flowers. It is located next to Addie’s Chapel United Methodist Church.

This is not the only achievement for the "Helathy Food Options" work group...

Work to Date
  • Applied for Resourceful Communities Grant for a Community Garden
  • Partnered with McDowell Schools to offer the summer feeding program in West Marion. 
  • Attended the Local Food Advisory Council, Local Food Access and Awareness Pod, and Community Food and Health Hub meetings. 
  • Marketed the Double Bucks program in the community
  • Marketed the YMCA’s Mobile Market to the community

Work Plan
  • Host Community Thanksgiving Dinner
  • Attend Local Food Advisory Council, Local Food Access and Awareness Pod, and Community Food and Health Hub meetings. 

Housing Work Group

Work to Date
  • Hosted a housing discrimination workshop
Work Plan
  • Identify all the church groups that do repairs on houses 
  • Conduct an inventory of housing repairs needed in West Marion
  • Engage the City of Marion, Habitat for Humanity, and Mountain Housing Opportunities to build homes on land banks
  • Identify ways to utilize the city’s new grant for housing repairs 
  • Address discrimination at new housing complex

Transportation Work Group


Childcare Services

Work to Date
  • Invited Wanda Wood, Foothills Partnerships for Children and Angela Strickland, Youth Development Director at the YMCA to speak and share resources in the community
Work Plan 
  • Partner with the Health Coalition to organize industries to provide on-site childcare for second and third shift workers. 
Key Questions:
  • What industries do people work at in West Marion? (Baldor, Baxter, Columbia)
  • How many of your coworkers have childcare issues? At which industries? From what areas of the community (West Marion, East Marion)
  • Partner with the Health Coalition to organize childcare providers to offer care for second and third shift industry workers.
  • Discuss a partnership between MTCC, YMCA, and CFWNC- Similar to a model in Asheville.
  • Request the YMCA to share more resources inside of the West Marion Community – Addie’s Chapel, Mt. Moriah, Barbershop

Youth Engagement

Keeping It Fresh Garden Youth works during the summer to build up their character, work ethic, and entrepreneurial skills. Left to Right: Zaye Fowler, Zaniya Fowler, Sandra Toms, Mauri Ledbetter, Aubrey Goode, Angela Forney, Teandra Lynch, Que Garner, De

West Marion Photo Gallery


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