After reading the April 2020 edition of the Haw Creek Community Association newsletter, Hawthorne Villages resident Linda Kooiker had an idea. The front page of the newsletter addressed places in the Asheville area that were providing food support due to the hardships that came along with Covid-19. To Linda, this became a call to action to love her neighbors- her immediate neighbors in the Spruce Hill Apartments- and to bring her community together for a common good.
In mid-April, Linda spearheaded a movement in her Hawthorne Villages community and fellow villagers eagerly joined in. Linda contacted Karyn Solomon, the property manager at Spruce Hill Apartments, and offered to fill a pantry with necessities for residents who might be in need. And every Tuesday since then, the Hawthorne Villages residents have filled the backs of a couple of cars and delivered the goods to the Spruce Hill management office.
Since schools were providing breakfast and lunch to school aged children, Linda was concerned about other needs that might be outstanding. Since SNAP doesn’t cover items like paper goods or even diapers, those items are often included in the deliveries. And while canned goods and other non-perishables are weekly additions, Linda and her crew also deliver fresh fruits, vegetables, and even fresh meats. Karyn and her super assistant Emma sort and organize the donations and have created an eye pleasing grocery set up in a small IOx10 room for residents to come in and shop.
*** With the pandemic still causing havoc, Linda and her neighbors decided to do a little more. They organized and provided complete Thanksgiving meals to 15 families in Spruce Hill Apartments.
According to Linda, it’s all very informal. It’s just neighbors helping neighbors.
The HCCA Annual Meeting and Board Elections will take place on Monday, March 2 at 7:00 pm in the Parish Hall at St. John’s Episcopal Church (290 Old Haw Creek Road.) Please visit our calendar page for all the information on this meeting.
Support the work of the HCCA by renewing your membership! We need your help as we pursue becoming a BearWise community. Your annual $12 membership provides educational opportunities and resources for all our neighbors. Join today!
Haw Creek is the first neighborhood in North Carolina to pursue the BearWise designation. Through the BearWise program, our neighborhood aims to reduce the negative interactions with the native black bear population.
BearWise was developed by bear experts from the Southeastern states and is supported by Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. The program shares ways to prevent conflicts, provides resources to resolve problems, and encourages community initiatives to keep bears wild.
Want to help Haw Creek become BearWise? Join the BearWise leadership team today and help implement the six BearWise basics in our neighborhood. Email us today at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join the leadership team.
The Six BearWise Basics
Never Feed or Approach Bears: Intentionally feeding bears or allowing them to find anything that smells or tastes like food teaches bears to approach homes and people looking for more. Bears will defend themselves if a person gets too close, so don’t risk your safety and theirs!
Secure Food, Garbage and Recycling: Food and food odors attract bears, so don’t reward them with easily available food, liquids or garbage.
Remove Bird Feeders When Bears Are Active: Birdseed and grains have lots of calories, so they’re very attractive to bears. Removing feeders is the best way to avoid creating conflicts with bears.
Never Leave Pet Food Outdoors: Feed pets indoors when possible. If you must feed pets outside, feed in single portions and remove food and bowls after feeding. Store pet food where bears can’t see or smell it.
Clean & Store Grills: Clean grills after each use and make sure that all grease, fat and food particles are removed. Store clean grills and smokers in a secure area that keeps bears out.
Alert Neighbors to Bear Activity: See bears in the area or evidence of bear activity? Tell your neighbors and share information on how to avoid bear confl icts. Bears have adapted to living near people; now it’s up to us to adapt to living near bears.
Membership in the Association is available to residents, as well as property owners, in the Haw Creek community.
Memberships are payable in January although you can join at any time. Only $12 per Household
The Association needs your participation to keep communications flowing. In an effort to make membership affordable for more community members, we keep the amount low. However, membership fees alone fall short of the money required to publish and mail newsletters, and maintain a website. If you are able to contribute beyond the membership amount, your tax-deductible donation will be greatly appreciated by the Haw Creek community.
You may pay by check or pay online through PayPal (no PayPal account necessary – credit cards accepted) by clicking on the “donate” button below.
If paying by check, make your check for $12 to HCCA and mail to: HCCA P.O. Box 9193 Asheville, NC 28815
If not printed on your check, please write: member names, postal address, phone number, and e-mail address in the memo area.