The Franklin Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting for the non-profit organization One Dozen Who Care, Inc. located at 245 Sloan Road in Franklin. Present for the ribbon cutting were former executive director, Ann Woodford; current executive director, Lynn Brumby; newly elected president, Zula Cox; vice president and finance officer, Stella Moore; parliamentarian, Patricia Washington; Carrie Swanson; guests, Jill Gottesman and Shirley Parks; executive assistant and program coordinator, Alice Blanton; Commissioner Ronnie Beale; as well as representatives from the Franklin Chamber of Commerce.
ODWC was formed in 1998 by 12 African American ladies. Ann Miller Woodford is the founder, and was the interim executive director until January 2013. The executive director now is Lynn Brumby of Murphy. In the last eight years, ODWC has impacted more than 3,500 people, providing life and job-seeking skills, cultural and community events and services.
ODWC’s mission is to strengthen local leadership and create community bonds through common cultural interactions. Their vision is to exhibit a unified community of empowered, confident, and knowledgeable youth, elders and women leaders. Their goal is to carry out their mission by developing and strengthening leadership among local women and youth including teaching economic development strategies and building bridges between cultures and races in Western North Carolina, as well as, preserving African American culture and heritage in the region.
In 2012 the One Dozen Who Care Training Center focused on workshops that give creative information, motivation, inspiration and direction to residents in Western North Carolina for coping with lack of income, job loss, or job-seeking skills. ODWS exists to be an affordable training center for all who can attend their workshops.
To learn more about One Dozen Who Care visit www.odwc.org or call (828)369-2273.