KEEPING IT FRESH

West Marion Community Forum

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WEST MARION COMMUNITY FORUM INC.
EST. MAY 2018


LOVE LETTER TO OUR NEIGHBORS


2018 RECIPIENTS OF 
"YOU DIDN'T HAVE TO DO IT BUT YOU DID" 
AWARD

BILLY MARTIN AND RAY MCKESSON

THANK YOU FOR BELIEVING IN OUR COMMUNITY


2018 Recipients of the  
Mt. Zion AME Zion 
"Dr. MLK JR. SPIRIT AWARD"
Carla Lopez (center)
Ray McKesson (right)
Guest Speaker: Dr. Darin Waters (left)


The Community Engagement Project recently released a 70 page report Titled:

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR A HEALTHY, RESILIENT, & INCLUSIVE MCDOWELL COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA

                                                     See link below for report and for full story covered by McDowell News


https://bit.ly/2DPNvkI

https://www.mcdowellnews.com/news/report-mcdowell-can-adopt-measures-to-become-healthier-more-inclusive/article_d0c1d578-33bf-11e9-a193-a7f4327986cf.html

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Come and join our efforts to be a positive change in our community!

Thank You...



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. We are currently planning our 3rd year of crops. We have also hired 10 youths to work in our garden last year and are on track to repeat that number this year.

The garden, named Keeping it Fresh, has grown 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 "Healthy Food Options" work group...

Work to Date
  • Recipient  of  Resourceful Communities Grant for a Community Garden for 2017 & 2018
  • Recipient of CSX Community Grant 2018
  • Recipient of Lowe's Community Grant 2018
  • Partnered with McDowell Schools to offer the summer feeding program in West Marion. 
  • Partners with McDowell Local Food Advisory
  • Partners with Foothills Food Hub
  • Partners with Manna Food Bank for Pop-up Markets
  • Marketed the YMCA’s Mobile Market to the community

Work Plan
  • Host Community Thanksgiving Dinner for three years serving over 800 plates to residents in McDowell County
  • Continue to donate produce to the elderly and low income residents.


Thanksgiving Meals 2017 & 2018


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

NEW TRANSPORTATION NUMBER 828-559-0744

NEED A RIDE!

CALL 828-559-0744


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.

YOUTH TRIP 2018
BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA
CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM

West Marion Photo Gallery

 

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  • Address

    220 West Grayson Street, Marion,NC 28752

  • Phone

    (828) 317-9729

  • Email
    info@westmarion.org