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Will you help inspire young leaders to mobilize and heal our shared community?

As a young person, were you able to uncover your life’s purpose?

Maybe you connected to someone who believed in you. Ignited a lifelong passion. Or realized what a powerful force for good you could be.

You helped Daniel do exactly that by supporting Asheville GreenWorks!

“I moved to Asheville as a teen and lived in Hillcrest Apartments, a public housing development. I was trying to find my place in the community. Then I became a mentor with GreenWorks’ Youth Environmental Leadership Program.”

YELP is a paid internship that’s exposed over 60 young people of color to careers in conservation since 2014.

The interns plant trees, clean up creeks, and organize educational events. They also collect scientific data with rangers at Great Smoky Mountains National Park!

Daniel says these activities put a “sparkle” in the eyes of the interns. “That experience made me realize my purpose — inspiring youth in Asheville to care for the health and wellbeing of our community.”

Today, Daniel is more than a YELP mentor. He is also working with community members in Hillcrest to bring about a better vision for the neighborhood.

  • Daniel started a recycling program in Hillcrest this year, in partnership with GreenWorks, the City of Asheville, and others.
  • He planted 40 serviceberry trees in November that will provide the community with food and access to nature.
  • Daniel and his YELP mentees have helped to launch a youth training program, A Leadership Institute for Vision and Empowerment (ALIVE).
Can I rely on you to develop more emerging leaders like Daniel, to improve our communities?

North Carolina projects that Buncombe County will grow by 19,000 people in the next nine years. You can already see the effects of that breakneck growth ...

In Asheville alone, we’ve lost half of our native trees over the last decade. That’s 18,000 trees that can no longer shade our homes. Or give wildlife the food and shelter they need to survive ...

At the same time, our precious waterways and local landfills are brimming with garbage. Buncombe County’s landfill in Alexander took in 30 tons more trash in fiscal year 2020 than it did the year before!

Every day, I fear we’re cutting down and throwing away “cool, green Asheville.” And with it, the culture that makes life here so enjoyable ...

That’s why we’re investing so heavily in local youth — from summer internships to programs with schools and scout troops. These young leaders have so much potential to create ripples of change within their families, schools, and neighborhoods.

Will you inspire local young people to act with a critical gift to Asheville GreenWorks today?

A kind gift of $250 can spur a local classroom to clean up their neighborhood. And a generous gift of $760 can equip a YELP intern with the know-how, experience, and gear they need to stay safe and effective in the wild.

Either way, your year-end gift will go twice as far. A faithful donor will match your generosity — dollar for dollar — up to $30,000. Your impact will be DOUBLED! But you must act by December 31.

Change in Asheville won’t happen overnight. But with you by our side, I know we will succeed in inspiring, equipping, and mobilizing people to care for the places you love.

Will you help with a tax-deductible gift to Asheville GreenWorks today? Thank you!