Green Opportunities (GO) provides free, high-quality technical training and job placement services to Buncombe County residents facing employment barriers. GO currently operates two flagship technical training programs: Kitchen Ready (culinary arts) and GO Build (construction industries). GO students gain technical and life skills, academic instruction in math and reading, portable industry-recognized certifications, and case management support to remove personal barriers to employment.
GO is committed to empowering low-income neighborhoods in Asheville by preparing residents for well-paying jobs, completing hands-on projects that improve community health and resiliency, and linking residents of these neighborhoods to jobs and other community resources that lead to greater empowerment.
GO's current community projects include serving free, healthy meals four days each week in the Southside Kitchen; jointly operating a community vegetable garden at the Edington Center, in partnership with local residents and community volunteers; and hosting Job Club in the Edington Center computer resource lab, in partnership with A-B Tech. Job Club is a place for local job seekers to gain one-on-one assistance with the job search, from preparing a resume to completing online applications.
They offer clients the skills and experience necessary to secure meaningful, long-term employment that pays a living wage. It also supports the local green economy by training workers for high-demand industries, promoting partner organizations and businesses wherever possible, and educating the community about green lifestyles and behaviors, thereby driving the demand for green goods and services.
They specifically target youth and adults living in low wealth, high crime communities and communities of color. The program seeks to break the cycle of poverty in these communities by providing ongoing support and access to quality opportunities, and by connecting members with existing community services.
The environment benefits from the service projects GO members implement throughout the program, beginning in their own neighborhoods. Sustainable agriculture projects provide greater access to food that is healthier for the consumer and the planet. Clean energy and energy efficiency projects improve indoor and outdoor air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Ecological restoration projects enhance wildlife habitat and ecosystem services, such as water quality and carbon sequestration.
Mission: Green Opportunities connects youth and adults from low-wealth neighborhoods to sustained employment opportunities that support families and improve community and environmental health.
Vision: They envision a community, made up of resilient, interconnected neighborhoods, whose residents have access to jobs that support their families and improve community and environmental health.
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