Women of Waynesville host open house

Women of Waynesville host open house

Women of Waynesville, a nonprofit organization that supports the needs of women and children in Haywood County, is inviting all interested women to attend an open house and membership drive event.

The event will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, at the Folkmoot Auditorium, 112 Virginia Ave., Waynesville, and will give prospective members an opportunity to learn more about WOW and its mission, before making the decision to join.

WOW is an all-women, all-volunteer organization. The group currently has about 30 members and is operated by a six-member board of directors and working committees. Members meet twice monthly at Folkmoot, with the mission of coming up with new and fun ways to raise money for women and children. Since forming in 2012, WOW has helped raise more than $250,000 for other nonprofits and individuals in need, including Haywood Habitat for Humanity, Haywood Pathways Center, Mountain Projects, Pigeon Community Multicultural Development Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters, KARE, REACH, Haywood County Schools Foundation, Meals on Wheels, Feeding the Multitude and so many others.

While WOW works hard to meet its goals, members also know how to have fun with regularly planned socials like whitewater rafting, cookouts, concerts and other team-building activities, to give everyone a chance to get to know each other. New members will be paired with a mentor in the group to show you the ropes and support you through your WOW journey.

"We work hard toward our mission, but we also take time to support each other as women, which is not something you'll find with other nonprofits," said WOW President Becca Swanger. "Our tight-knit group is strong, and we want to continue that momentum by bringing in new members who share our passion for being a positive force in the community.

The Open House is a free event and open to all women who live or work in Haywood County. WOW will provide food and drinks.

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