McDowell County News

McDowell County Increases Access to Childcare Services, Establishes Community Hubs in Schools

The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust awarded a grant to the YMCA of Western North Carolina to increase access to high-quality after-school childcare and activities for youth and their families in McDowell County. This investment is part of the Trust’s long-term Healthy Places NC initiative, which announced a series of grants awarded to local organizations.

Residents Driving Community Change in West Marion

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.

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