69 Years of WNC Honors

The 64 communities involved this year represent over 5,000 volunteers with an impressive 166,500 hours in outreach programs dedicated to education, health, conservation and events highlighting the mountain’s great art, craft, and music traditions, as well as collaborative efforts with government, churches, community colleges, nonprofits and small businesses. In addition, the collective fundraising efforts of these communities brought in over one million dollars for everything  Read More »

Jennifer Ferre appointed as interim director for WNC Communities

Jennifer  Ferre, program coordinator, has been named as interim director for WNC Communities. Linda Lamp, who has served as Executive Director of WNC Communities for 13 years has accepted a position with the Southwestern Commission, a regional council of government that serves as a technical, economic, and planning resource to local towns and counties in the seven westernmost counties of North Carolina. Jennifer will assume  Read More »

Journey Scholars for 2018

Since 2002, WNC Communities has distributed $163,000 in scholarships to 155 youth living in our rural communities. This year, 13 deserving high school seniors received a total of $12,000 to expand their educational journey onward to college. We are pleased to announce the 2018 Journey Scholars: Abby Elizabeth Bland from Ellenboro in Rutherford County $1,000 to attend Clemson University Molly Angelina Cammack from Lake Toxaway  Read More »

Honoring Community Development Clubs the Backbone of WNC

The WNC Honors Awards is built on a 68-year-old tradition of recognizing rural community development clubs for their innovative ideas and grassroots solutions. These centers and clubs are the backbone running through our beloved mountains. The culmination of this year’s program occurred at a luncheon held in November with 240 community leaders from 15 counties and the Eastern Band of Cherokee. Community centers and clubs  Read More »

Journey Scholars for 2017

WNC Communities is proud to announce the Journey Scholars for 2017.  Eight scholarships totaling $11,000 were awarded to deserving high school seniors preparing to attend college.  The following recipients were supported by rural community development centers/clubs active with the WNC Honors program. Rhiannon Faith Goodwin from Bethel in Haywood County $1,000 to NC State University Samuel Eric Henson from Peak Creek in Ashe County $1,500 to  Read More »

67 Years of WNC Honors

Community centers and clubs across the NC mountain region voluntarily participate in the annual WNC Honors Awards by submitting application. The 64 communities involved in this year’s program represented a total of 5,375 volunteers with an impressive 158,000 hours in outreach programs dedicated to beautification, conservation, education, health and wellness, as well as collaborative efforts with government, extension, community colleges, nonprofits and businesses, all in  Read More »