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Sat, May 19th 2018
(Wellness Where You Are)

Blue Ridge Recovery Rally

Blue Ridge Recovery Rally

2nd Annual Rally Planned

Saturday, May 19th
5PM to 9PM
Downtown Marion

Last year organizers of the inaugural Blue Ridge Recovery Rally estimated that more than 1,000 local residents gathered in downtown Marion to celebrate healthy communities, hope and recovery. 

The second Recover Rally in McDowell County will be even better. The event is aimed to spread the message that people can and do recovery from addiction, mental health concerns and other life challenges. Main Street will be closed to traffic to make room for inflatable bounce houses, music, speakers and a recovery walk, as well as  vendors and information booths sponsored by local organizations and treatment providers.



Thu, Mar 15th 2018
(Wellness Where You Are)

M.A.T.C.H   Mobile Clinic

M.A.T.C.H Mobile Clinic

Free to Everyone

4 PM to 6 PM
Corpening Memorial YMCA
Marion NC

Free EMS health screenings  
Free spinal screenings from Dr. Tessa Harlow 
Free toiletry items 
Free produce from YMCA Food Market 
Free resources and giveaways from several community organizations 
Corpening 


Fri, Jul 7th 2017
(Wellness Where You Are)

Walk To Bethlehem

Join us on our virtual trip

Your church members are invited to take part in a multi-church walking challenge called Walk to Bethlehem. From August 1 to December 1, several churches will be logging their physical activity to traverse 6,252 miles on a virtual trip from Marion to Bethlehem. We will combine prayers and scriptures with our physical activity and make them priorities on our schedules this fall.

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Thu, Jun 22nd 2017
(Local Food Access and Awareness)

McDowell From Farm to Table

McDowell From Farm to Table

2nd Annual

This event was spectacular last year. So much so we decided to do it again. The North Carolina Cooperative Extension-McDowell County Center will be hosting the 2nd Annual McDowell County From Farm to Table: An Event Featuring Local Food at the Historic Marion Tailgate Market Shelter on August 19 at 6:30 pm. A delicious meal will be served using local ingredients. Tickets will be $50 per ticket. Money raised will be used to purchase fresh, local food to stock our food pantries. Come out and enjoy a meal that your local farmers provided. This is one event you won't want to miss. There are opportunities to sponsor this event. We are also looking for a team of volunteers from serving to decorations. We need one and all! Please call 828-652-8104 or Molly Sandfoss with questions.

Mon, May 8th 2017
(Local Food Access and Awareness )

Keeping It Fresh...

Keeping It Fresh...

West Marion Community Forum breaks ground for new garden

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. This new 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.

“It was an amazing feeling to see my vision come to life,” said Vickey Garrison Stinson, the garden’s manager.

Stinson was joined by community leaders Paula Swepson Avery and Dawna Goode Ledbetter, who together are the chairwomen of the West Marion Community Forum, for Saturday’s event. Other people who were there included Mayor Steve Little, McDowell Chamber of Commerce Director Steve Bush (who was the master of ceremonies), County Commissioner Matthew Crawford, Cooperative Extension Director Molly Sandfoss, Coalition Director Amy Haynes and Emily Roberts, the catalyst for healthy eating and active living for McDowell County.

Thu, May 4th 2017
(Built Environment)

Making A Difference

Making A Difference

Local Food Access and Awareness

On the fourth Thursday of every month, you can find up to 40 local community members gathered at Addie’s chapel in West Marion, a predominantly African-American community nestled in the mountains of western North Carolina. They are laughing and welcoming, and they are discussing solutions to long standing issues such as woefully inadequate transportation or a lack of child care options for second shift employees.

Critical to the success of Healthy Places NC Is ensuring that all community members - especially those who have not been invited to the conversation in the past - have a voice in how to improve the health and the quality of life of the place they call home.

“The work in West Marion exemplifies the way Healthy Places brings new voices to the table,” said Trust Program Officer Jason Baisden. “The Trust is looking at the social determinants of health, speaking with local communities directly, and building their capacity to deepen the work. McDowell County residents are seeing the changes happening in West Marion and want to replicate that community engagement process.”

Mon, May 1st 2017
(Wellness Where You Are)

Rally Together in McDowell County

Rally Together in McDowell County

First Recovery Rally for McDowell draws more than 1,000

Organizers of the inaugural Blue Ridge Recovery Rally estimated that more than 1,000 local residents gathered Saturday in downtown Marion to celebrate healthy communities, hope and recovery.

The first rally of its kind in McDowell County, the event aimed to spread the message that people can and do recovery from addiction, mental health concerns and other life challenges. Two blocks of Main Street were closed to traffic to make room for inflatable bounce houses, music, speakers and a recovery walk, as well as 50 vendors and information booths sponsored by local organizations and treatment providers, according to a news release.

Amy Haynes, director of the McDowell County Health Coalition, a rally sponsor, said she was impressed by the “awesome” turnout of vendors, agencies and local residents coming together in support of people in recovery.

“Support is out there,” Haynes said in the news release. “You don’t need to suffer in isolation.