Book Drive a Great Success

Our Spring Book Drive was a great success!  Our little ones love books, but sometimes they love them to pieces. So it was high time to restock our classroom libraries. The teachers especially loved the Indestructibles books from Dancing Bear Toys-they are 100% percent baby-proof — chew-proof, rip-proof, drool-proof — and can be cleaned in a washing machine or dishwasher. They also liked that they are printed on nontoxic material.

We want to thank these local businesses for their support: Dancing Bear Toys, Barnes & Noble @ Biltmore Park, Malaprop’s Bookstore and Cafe, and Carolina Day School Friends of the Library.

Even though summer is here, out school operates year-round, so if you missed this effort, you can still contribute to our Books and Basics supply drive. We will be looking for school supplies as well as books all summer. Just drop them off at the school at 916 West Chapel Road. Thanks!

IWC to Host Chamber Event

Business After Hours

Adult Day Activity Center
18 Azalea St.
Asheville, NC 28803

It’s time for March Madness, and what better way to kick off a season of competition than by bringing your team to meet fellow Chamber members at this sports-themed networking event? This month’s host is Irene Wortham Center, and the madness will begin at 5:30 pm at their Adult Day Activity Center.

Irene Wortham Center provides comprehensive, quality services in a caring atmosphere for individuals with intellectual and developmental challenges. Their large campus in the Shiloh community in South Asheville houses a child care center, adult day services, employment services, as well as three group homes. While at this Chamber event, you will learn about how they help adults with disabilities achieve their full potential through productivity, academic coursework, learning daily living skills, socialization and community integration. Guests will also learn how the IWC Supported Employment program is putting persons with disabilities to work in businesses like yours every day.

There will be a sports-themed menu with hot dogs, popcorn, beer, sodas, and more. Drawings for sports tickets and other sports-themed items will be featured. You do not have to be a Chamber Member to attend; but an interest in Chamber membership is recommended.

Special thanks to Blossman Propane Gas, Appliance and Service for providing a brand new gas grill for use at this event and to Travinia Restaurant for donating side dishes.


Take US 25 S/Hendersonville Rd. toward South Asheville

Just past Juicy Lucy’s, turn left at light onto West Chapel Rd.

Pass Irene Wortham Early Learning Center (on right) and turn right onto Rose Street.

Take immediate left onto Azalea Street.

The ADA Building is the last building on the left.

Look for Chamber Event signs.

Overflow parking is available at the Early Learning Center at 916 West Chapel Road. It’s an easy walk from there to the ADA building, or staff with golf carts may take you there and back.

INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY: If Asheville City Schools are CLOSED, this Chamber event will be cancelled. If they are delayed, this event will take place at the scheduled time. those planning to attend are encouraged to use their best judgment concerning travel safety.

Be a Dear-Donate Books Here!


Our Early Learning Center is desperately in need of books, especially board books for younger children. Be a dear this Valentine’s Day and consider donating a book as a Valentine’s gift to our teachers and students.

Books can be dropped off at the Early Learning Center or the Administration Building between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM between now and Feb 28th.

Books can also be ordered through (Details below.) You may have the books shipped directly to Irene Wortham at 916 West Chapel Road, Asheville, NC 28803. Not only do we receive new books for our classrooms, but Amazon also donates a percent of sales to the Center!

Not sure what books a little one might like? Click here for our wish list at

Thank you for being a dear this year!

Get Gifts and Give Back with Amazon Smile

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Irene Wortham Center every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. On your first visit, select Irene Wortham Center from thecharity list. Then either set up a new account, or use your existing Amazon or Amazon Prime account information to log in. They send the proceeds directly to our bank!

The Elves Are Coming!

elfThe holidays are right around the corner and Irene Wortham Center needs your help to make this special season merry and bright for the families we serve.  For many of us, the holiday season means cherished memories with family and friends, gift-giving, and festive food.  However, for families who are economically challenged, the holidays can be especially tough. Many of our parents and guardians are faced with unemployment, uncertain living situations, and mounting medical bills. Working together, we can make sure this upcoming yuletide season is filled with love and hope for our Early Learning Center families.

At the Irene Wortham Early Learning Center, children ages six-weeks to five-years-old, with and without developmental challenges, learn, play and grow in a multicultural setting. The Center currently serves more than 90 children, with 95% living at or below the poverty level.  About half of the children are also coping with significant disabilities.

To assist their families, we partner with local businesses and individuals to provide each child clothes and gifts during the holiday season. Elves help by hosting a clothing or toy drive at their school, church, or club, or donating individual items. Gifts are due by December 14, to be distributed to the families in time for Christmas. Items can be dropped off at our Administrative Offices on Rose Street from 8:00-4:30, or anytime at

M & D Tire and Automotive Repair 
300 Edbar St (off Sweeten Creek Road)
Asheville, North Carolina 28803
(828) 274-7418

Some of the items our children especially cherish include:

Toys and books
Warm Clothes and Coats (sizes 0-6x)
Shoes or boots

You may also help by donating money to help purchase toys for special needs children. Thank you in advance for your generosity this holiday season.

Eleanor Campbell
828-274-7518, ext 155


Aloft and AC Hotels
Appalachian Landslide Consulting
Asheville Family Fitness
Asheville Home Builders Association
Asheville Savings Bank
Blue Ridge Pharmacy
Colton Groome and Company
Great Beginnings Pediatric Dentistry
Grigg Electric
Harry’s on the Hill
Insurance Services of Avl
Kay Jewelers – Asheville Outlets
M+D Tire and Auto Repair
Mountain Ultrasound & Imaging
Stuart Nye Jewelry
Teague Dentistry
Thermo Fisher
TJ Maxx and Home Goods – Overlook Village

All About IWC in New Video from GoodWorks WNC

Local video producer Crunch Media is lending its time and talent to a website called “Good Works WNC” which creates videos for local WNC nonprofits to help them raise awareness, gain support, and do what they do best. Serve! Each week 4 different nonprofits get to tell their story on video. Irene Wortham Center was lucky enough to be one of the ones chosen, and our video was shot this week at Travinia Restaurant. Click below to watch it on YouTube and be sure to like the video and share with friends. Thanks to Rainbow International Restoration for sponsoring our segment!

Back to School Wish List

school supplies

The Early Learning Center [ELC] is collecting the following supplies to help our students and teachers get ready for “back to school” next month. Since ELC operates full days, year-round, donations of these frequently used items are always appreciated. Please drop off at the Administrative Office Mon-Fri 8:00-4:30.

Crayons, washable paints and markers, colored and #2 pencils, construction paper, blunt tip scissors, glue or glue sticks, baby formula, hand sanitizer, tissues, wipes, diapers (sizes 3-5), bibs, onesies (esp 4T-5T).

Remember: If you do your back-to-school shopping at, Amazon will donate a percent to Irene Wortham Center Inc. Thank you!

Graduation 2016

Eighteen children “graduated” from our Early Learning Center in June at a fun ceremony attended by family members and friends. Our therapy building was converted into a real auditorium (in case of rain), with help from the Maintenance Staff and chairs from our friends at Carolina Day School. The proud graduates, dressed in blue caps and gowns, paraded in and received their diplomas, just like their college counterparts. The highlight of the day was watching them sing together with their teachers the song, Goodbye to Pre-K. “This is our ultimate goal for all children at the Early Learning Center,” said Sandi Boyer, Director of Development,” To see children with special needs, as well as those that are typically developing, happy, confident, and ready for school.”


Off to School!

Ready for Kindergarten!

IWC Featured in Citizen-Times Mountain Causes

We were honored to host reporter Jack Flannick of the Asheville Citizen-Times last month here at the Center. Jack toured the Center and spent time with the kids in Whitney Wright’s classroom, learning how worms make compost. He was kind enough to mention our upcoming Golf Tournament a couple of times as well. Bringing in reporters like these is one way the Marketing Department helps spread the word about IWC and the great work we do. Read the full article here:

State Employees Support IWC

The State Campaign Advisory committee has approved our application to participate in the State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC). The Irene Wortham Center name, along with a  25 word description, will appear in a campaign brochure that goes out to over 85,000 state employees. Employees who wish to donate to Irene Wortham simply select

SECC Designation Code: 3812

to make a contribution to IWC. If you have a relative or friend that works for the state, remind them to look us up and select us as one of their designated charities!

The SECC was established in 1984 as the charitable campaign for North Carolina’s state government employees and since then, state employees have donated over $100 million, a milestone and representation of the tradition of generosity by North Carolina’s state employees. The principal aim of the State Employees Combined Campaign is to strengthen and sustain North Carolina communities and their citizens.