Community needs subcommittees to meet
As Haywood County embarks on its quest to eradicate poverty in the county, those who gathered at a community meeting earlier this month are being invited to be part of subcommittees being formed to better tackle the issues.
The first round of subcommittee meetings will be held in April. There will be five separate group meetings held — housing, emergency services (food, heat and clothing), social enterprise, veteran issues and technology.
Those interested in any of the areas are encouraged to attend the next meeting or contact the committee chairman to express interest in becoming involved if they are unable to attend the meeting.
The housing committee will not only tackle the project to remake the former state prison in Hazelwood into an emergency shelter and temporary housing, but look at the broader issue of affordable housing in Haywood.
The technology committee is seeking volunteers with computer/web expertise to help design an interactive website that lists available resources in Haywood County that will be updated by participating users on a regular basis.
The veterans group will look at a variety of veteran-related issues, while the emergency services group will tackle issues related to food, heat and clothing.
The social enterprise group will be looking for innovative ways to fund the needs of the initiatives as well as provide employment or volunteer opportunities for those who will be served. Those with business experience are especially encouraged to attend this meeting.
“After the initial meeting, we received overwhelming interest in continuing a community-wide dialogue on basic human needs,” said the Rev. Nick Honerkamp, who along with Mountain Projects, Inc. Executive Director Patsy Dowling, called the first meeting. “We have decided to follow up with smaller meetings that have a unique focus where more people can participate.”
After the subgroups have met and charted a possible course, another community wide meeting will be held so all involved in the effort can be brought up to date on the developments, Dowling said.
April 3, 10 a.m., New Covenant Church, 767 Lee Road, Clyde
Chaired by Nick Honerkamp
Topic: Social Enterprise
April 3, 3:30 pm. at the Mountaineer Conference Room
220 N. Main St., Waynesville
Chaired by Vicki Hyatt
Topic: Emergency Services (Food, heat, clothing)
April 3, 5 p.m. at The Open Door
39 Conley St., Waynesville
Chaired by Perry Hines
April 3, 7 p.m. Foundation for Evangelism,
North Shore Dr. Lake Junaluska
Chaired by Michael Rich
A meeting on veterans issues is in the planning stage and will be announced at a later date.
These meetings are open to anyone and all are encouraged to attend, Honerkamp said.