Rural Organizing and Resilience Winter Fundraiser

Will you support Rural Organizing and Resilience's mission to strengthen connections and respect among all people in our mountain communities through education, outreach, empowerment and mutual aid? Donate today to our Winter Fund Drive:

ROAR formed in 2017 in response to the growing wave of white nationalist rhetoric and attacks sweeping the country in the wake of the elections. From the beginning we set out to build a more inclusive, equitable and resilient community and to show that rural communities can take a stand for racial justice and equality. Through our mutual aid programs and educational efforts we build strong bonds throughout our mountain county that allow us to engage in important conversations and education about racism, poverty, and bigotry in spaces where such outreach is often lacking. Donate today and help ROAR continue to do this valuable work, take a look at what we accomplished in 2019:

- In May we held our second annual Black Mama's Bailout BBQ in Marshall in collaboration with Southerners on New Ground which raised over $2,000 to bail black women out of an area jail while raising awareness about institutional racism in the criminal justice system.

- We worked in partnership with Madison County Public schools to raise $6,000 to send a group of local teachers to Montgomery to visit the Memorial for Peace and Justice and other Civil Rights landmarks. The aim of the trip is to equip Madison County teachers with a better understanding of the legacy of racial inequality in the US and incorporate what they learn on this trip into their lesson plans for Madison County school students. We are pleased to announce the trip is set to happen in February 2020.

- Last winter, with the help of volunteer work crews and generous landowners, we cut and delivered 25 truckloads of firewood to Madison County households needing help with heating their homes. This winter we have already delivered 7 loads of firewood and are expecting the requests to continue coming in as the temperatures drop and the cold really sets in.

- We gave out hundreds of free kids books and clothing to families in need with our monthly distro alongside the YMCA's mobile produce truck. By choosing books that portray people of color and diverse cultures, as well as books written by authors of color, we are supporting child literacy while helping Madison County kids develop a better understanding for people of all backgrounds.

- In response to the growing anti-immigrant rhetoric around the country, ROAR has prioritized showing support for immigrant communities in WNC. We helped to raise awareness and local opposition to HB370, an anti-immigrant bill that was successfully vetoed by Governor Cooper after statewide opposition emerged. We have partnered with a local Latina women's group to help provide childcare during their English language classes. And our members have attended two regional trainings organized by immigrant rights groups based in the South to learn from and network with groups on the frontlines of the fight for migrant justice.

- In the face of the growing opioid epidemic we provided support with volunteers and fundraising to help launch Madison Harm Reduction. MHR seeks a compassionate approach to responding to the opioid crisis in our rural county by distributing first aid supplies such as Narcan and educational literature to help reduce the impacts of addiction.

- Throughout the year we tabled with our racial justice literature and “Y'all Means All” stickers at several community events including the Mars Hill Heritage Festival, Marshall Mermaid Parade, Bluff Mountain Festival, and the Marshall Handmade Market.

- Our monthly community meal in partnership with Marshall Presbyterian has provided healthy free food to anyone in need while bringing together people from all different walks of life to meet, grow connections, and break bread together.

Will you donate today to support ROAR's community organizing in Madison County? We are an all volunteer grassroots group and every dollar you give goes directly to supporting our organizing efforts. Any amount will help us continue to provide for those in need through mutual aid while continuing to organize for more just and equitable rural communities.


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Rural Organizing and Resilience 
Marshall, NC
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