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  • January 2023

  • Monday, January 16th, 10:30am–1pm: MLK Day of Service with Hood Huggers International          Snacks & transportation provided                                                                                                                              Register Here by Sunday, January 15th at midnight                                                                                            Co-sponsored by ACE & Key Center
  • Monday January 23rd, 11:30am–2:30pm: Hood Huggers Tour                                                              Snacks & transportation provided                                                                                                               Register Here by Friday, January 20th at 12pm                                                                                                                                                                        
  • February 2023

  • Monday February 6th, 10am–3pm: Black History Mobile Museum                                                  Blue Ridge North, Highsmith                                                                                                                                      Free & open to all, no tickets or registration required

 


PAST PROGRAMS

  • August 2022

  • Friday August 19th: Key Center Open House                                                                                              1–3pm, Highsmith 211                                                                                                                                          Drop by the Key Center and get connected!
  • Sunday, August 21st: Verner Elementary School garden                                                                        1–3pm, Transportation provided                                                                                                                       Help to freshen up Verner’s experiential garden for preschoolers. Sign up link in Key Center IG bio (unca_keycenter). 
  • Thursday Aug 25th: UNCA Blood Drive                                                                                            10:30am–4pm, Alumni Hall                                                                                                                          Join UNCA’s life saving legacy!

      VOLUNTEER: email keycenter@unca.edu                                                                                                DONATE: visit redcrossblood.org, sponsor code: uncasheville

  • Friday August 26th: UNCA Blood Drive                                                                                            10:30am–4pm, Alumni Hall                                                                                                                          Join UNCA’s life saving legacy!
      VOLUNTEER: email keycenter@unca.edu                                                                                                    DONATE:  visit redcrossblood.org, sponsor code: uncasheville                                                                                                                              
  • September 2022

  • Friday, September 2nd: 12 Baskets Cafe (West Asheville)                                                              11am–1pm, Transportation provided
    Learn more about 12 Baskets Cafe, a food pantry that is free and open to all. 
  • Friday, September 9th: Bounty & Soul, Friday Market                                                                      3:30–5:30pm, Transportation provided
    Support Friday Market, Bounty & Soul’s weekly food distribution event. 
  • Saturday, September 10th: Energy Savers Network
    10am-3pm, Transportation provided
    Hands-on opportunity to learn new skills, meet new people, support your community, and fight climate change! Energy Savers provide services that reduce energy consumption and cost in the local community. 
  • Friday, September 23rd: 12 Baskets Cafe                                                                                            11am–1pm, Transportation provided
    Learn more about Asheville Poverty Initiative and 12 Baskets Cafe, a food pantry free and open to all.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
  • October 2022

  • Friday, October 7th: Bounty & Soul, Friday Market                                                                            3:30–5:30pm, Transportation provided                                                                                                          Support Friday Market, Bounty & Soul’s weekly food distribution event.
  • Wednesday, October 26th: UNCA Blood Drive                                                                                            10:30am–4pm, Alumni Hall                                                                                                                          Join UNCA’s life saving legacy!
      VOLUNTEER: email keycenter@unca.edu                                                                                                    DONATE:  visit redcrossblood.org, sponsor code: uncasheville   
  • Thursday, October 27th: UNCA Blood Drive                                                                                            10:30am–4pm, Alumni Hall                                                                                                                          Join UNCA’s life saving legacy!
      VOLUNTEER: email keycenter@unca.edu                                                                                                    DONATE:  visit redcrossblood.org, sponsor code: uncasheville                                                                                                                                
  • November 2022

  • FOOD & HOUSING AWARENESS WEEK: Monday, November 14th — Saturday, November 19th: A program series focused on raising awareness and conversation surrounding food and housing security topics. Sponsored by The Key Center in partnership with Food Equity Initiative, Student Environmental Center, FEEDS Dining, Student Government Association, and Asheville Campus Entertainment.
  • Monday, November 14th — Saturday, November 19th: Food Donation Drive                                      Drop off locations: Mills Hall, The Down Under, Brown Hall, and the Key Center. Collection ends at 12:00pm on November 19th. Sponsored by the Key Center, Food Equity Initiative, and FEEDS Dining.
  • Monday, November 14th: FEEDS Fresh Market                                                                                    11:00am–2:00pm, Reed Plaza                                                                                                                      Sponsored by FEEDS Dining
  • Monday, November 14th: Roots Garden Workshop featuring Food Equity Initiative, Dr. Clarke, & Dr. Hagedorn                                                                                                                                                1:00–3:00pm, ROOTS Garden                                                                                                          Sponsored by the SEC
  • Monday, November 14th: Creating Abundance Through Community Panel Webinar                      7:00pm–8:00pm, online                                                                                                                     Register Here
  • Tuesday, November 15th: FEI Weekly Free Market & SNAP Benefits Tabling                                      12:00pm–2:00pm, The Quad                                                                                                                        Sponsored by the Key Center & Food Equity Initiative (FEI)
  • Tuesday, November 15th: SNAP Benefits for Students Info Webinar                                                    7:00pm, online                                                                                                                                                Email the Key Center to register
  • Wednesday, November 16th: FEEDS Thankful Lunch & Meet Food Connection                                11:00am–2:00pm, Brown Hall                                                                                                                      Sponsored by FEEDS Dining
  • Wednesday, November 16th: ‘Theirs is the Kingdom’ Documentary Screening                                7:00pm–8:00pm, Blue Ridge Room                                                                                                              At the intersection of poverty and portraiture, “Theirs is the Kingdom” follows the rare creation of a contemporary fresco mural inside the sanctuary of a small church in Asheville, NC. This is a painting not of the rich and powerful, but of people battling homelessness, addiction, and mental illness. From the first sketch to final unveiling, the viewer witnesses the difficulties of this ancient artistic technique while also meeting an ensemble cast of complex characters. Sponsored by ACE and the Key Center.
  • Thursday, November 17th: Haywood St. Congregation Fresco Tour                                              1:30pm, Register Here                                                                                                                        Asheville artist Christopher Holt has been commissioned to artfully portray Haywood Street’s vision of community through a large scale work of art in the medium of fresco to cover the entire central wall of our sanctuary. Featuring faces and scenes from our urban ministry, this project can challenge viewers to embrace the beauty within the outcast, to see neighbors living in poverty with fresh eyes, and perhaps can help stir a new passion for justice. Sponsored by Arts & Impact and the Key Center.
  • Friday, November 18th: Volunteer with 12 Baskets Cafe                                                                11:00am–2:00pm, 610 Haywood Rd                                                                                                            Register Here
  • Friday, November 18th: Campus Forage Walk with Brenan Beresford                                          2:15pm, Meet at Rocky Statue outside Chestnut Hall                                                                                Sponsored by SGA, SEC, and the Key Center
  • February 2023

  • Thursday, February 16th & Friday, February 17th: Homecoming Blood Drive                                   10:30am-4pm, Alumni Hall (Highsmith)                                                                                                      DONATE                                                                                                                                                     VOLUNTEER
  • Thursday, April 13th: Campus Blood Drive                                                                                                10:30am-4pm, Alumni Hall (Highsmith)                                                                                                       DONATE                                                                                                                                                     VOLUNTEER