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REACH to hold volunteer training January 23rd

Join-our-teamREACH of Haywood is seeking volunteers to assist with the our Helpline phone services, and to participate in other ways through Friends of REACH committees.

Training for potential volunteers, which is open to interested parties over the age of 18, will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, in our Waynesville office at 627 N. Main Street. Lunch and training notebooks will be provided to all attendees.

For more information or to pre-register, call our office at 828-456-7898 and ask for Buffy, or reach her via email at bqreach@aol.com.

December 18, 2015 – REACH receives $1,600 from Motorcycle Parade and Toy Run

motorcycle parade and toy runREACH of Haywood County, a local non-profit serving survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse, has received a generous donation from this year’s annual Haywood County Motorcycle Parade and Toy Run.

The parade, which took place for the 24th year on November 14th, saw over 800 decorated motorcycles make the drive through Canton, Clyde, Balsam, Waynesville, and Maggie Valley.

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December 16, 2015 – REACH Prepares to Celebrate at the 2015 Holiday Gala

holiday gala preparationsREACH employees and volunteers are all in good cheer as they get ready for the black tie 2015 Holiday Gala to held Dec. 19, at Laurel Ridge Country Club. Organizers have already arranged a number of festivities, such as a gourmet meal of stuffed chicken or sirloin steak and a chocolate lava cake with peppermint ice cream for dessert.

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November 5, 2015 – Now recruiting holiday sponsors for families in need!

Be a Christmas Sponsor!The holidays are a wonderful time of year! It’s a time to reflect on all our good fortunes, as well as to share a bit of what we have with those who are facing harder times. If you are looking for a way to give, you have the opportunity to make the lives of domestic violence victims and their children a little brighter.

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October 20, 2015 – Local Quilters Provide Comfort to Survivors

two-inch-treasure-postage-stamp-quilt-41In the last year alone, REACH of Haywood County, Inc. has provided emergency shelter to 84 people – 32 of whom were children. Often, these survivors have fled from abusers with only the clothes on their backs, leaving behind necessities, mementos, and the comforts of home. Uprooted, they must rebuild their lives from scratch.

One group of local crafters have made it their mission to provide these survivors with a touch of warmth – both figuratively and literally.

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October 7, 2015 – Local task force spreads the word about Domestic Violence Awareness Month

dvawarenessOctober is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and today REACH joined its partners at the Haywood County Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Elder Abuse Task Force to spread the word to local college students.

Representatives from REACH and other Task Force member organizations set up stations around campus at Haywood Community College. They spoke to students about domestic violence issues, handed out information, and distributed purple ribbons in honor of Awareness Month.

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September 10, 2015 – Spotlight on the new REACH website

woman-computer-couchRecently, it’s been a busy time for REACH of Haywood County. The organization, which is a United Way agency, has been growing by leaps and bounds, constantly pushing to provide more and better assistance to survivors of domestic violence, sexual abuse, and elder abuse. In this digital age, one significant element of that assistance is the ready availability of information and online services – something that REACH had been struggling with.

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July 28, 2015 – Garden club beautifies Within Reach store

Article courtesy of The Mountaineer.

t600-IMG_2413Recently, members of the Waynesville Garden Club planted flowers and shrubs in four separate planters that stand in front of the Within Reach Resale shop in Hazelwood.  Judy Dykes, Kim Powers and Becky Hellman spearheaded the project that was financed by the club.

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July 27, 2015 – REACH raises $30,000 with summer beach partybingo girls

On July 10th, REACH of Haywood County welcomed more than 140 guests at their main summer fundraiser – this year, a whimsical beach party. The event took place at Laurel Ridge Country club, and featured a variety of games and contests along with dinner and tropical drinks.

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June 18, 2015 – The public can now support REACH of Haywood by shopping through AmazonSmile

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REACH of Haywood is happy to announce that you can now support our efforts simply by doing your normal shopping on Amazon. All it takes is signing on to Amazon Smile and selecting REACH as your chosen charity. Amazon will then donate a portion of the proceeds from your order, at their own expense – which means no additional fees to the shopper.

Millions of items are eligible for this donation scheme, and it works with any existing Amazon account, so there’s no need to re-register. Plus, it’s an ongoing service – once you’ve selected your charity, Amazon will continue to donate to REACH with every eligible purchase that you make through AmazonSmile. It’s a win-win: you receive your fantastic products, all the while supporting our efforts. Follow the link below to sign up!

Support REACH using AmazonSmile

April 20, 2015 – Denim Day for sexual assault awareness is April 29

(article courtesy of The Mountaineer newspaper)

11150394_10153265264533523_6695171850078646485_nMembers of the Haywood County Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Task Force, including Haywood Community College, are urging all community members, elected officials, county and state employees, students and teachers to “wear jeans with a purpose” on Wednesday, April 29, as a visible means to promote sexual violence prevention and education.

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January 15, 2014 – REACH of Haywood celebrates a successful year

t600-_DSC2973(article courtesy of The Mountaineer)

REACH of Haywood County’s first Holiday Gala was a fun night of friendship and helping hands joining together. The black tie event raised close to $6,600, according to Pat Janke, REACH board member. All funds help victims of domestic and elderly abuse in Haywood County.

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January 10, 2014 – The Fund for Haywood County announces $60,000 in grants

(article courtesy of The Mountaineer newspaper)

t300-274From left are Janet Thatcher, board secretary; Laura Lang, board member; George Ivey, Board Chairman, The Fund for Haywood County; Julia Freeman, REACH executive director and Pat Janke, board president.

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November 5, 2014 – Jane Alexander’s Cookbook to Raise Funds for REACH of Haywood County, Inc.

(article courtesy of The Mountaineer newspaper)

Just days after Jane AlexanIMG_1753der of Cataloochee learned of her terminal cancer diagnosis, she set out on a mission to complete one more project — a cookbook to include recipes from her own kitchen as well as contributions from her many close friends.

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November 5, 2014 – Waynesville Garden Club beautifies REACH shelter

(article courtesy of The Mountaineer newspaper)

t300-GardenThe Waynesville Garden Club recently completed a $1,000 landscape beautification project at the REACH of Haywood County shelter. Cheryl Hartman, Judy Dykes, Kim Powers and Elizabeth Dennis worked together to clear overgrown areas, weed, plant trees, and bushes and transplant flowers to brighten the landscaping.

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