Given our values and love of this area, it’s not surprising that you may find us serving our community through endeavors that harbor involvement, commitment and prosperity. We really enjoy investing our time with local organizations that do so much for our community. Here are some ways that we engage for the well-being of all.
Gordon has served on the Board of Directors of Helpmate since 2011, currently as treasurer. For over 30 years, Helpmate has served as Buncombe County’s primary provider of crisis-level services designed specifically for – and offered exclusively to – victims of domestic violence and their children. Gordon has been involved in programs for the prevention of domestic violence for nearly 20 years, first serving as a crisis line advocate in Manchester, NH in 1995.
EXECUTIVE ASSOCIATION OF GREATER ASHEVILLE
Gordon has been an active member of the Executive Association of Greater Asheville (EAGA) since 2000. EAGA is a leading relationship-based business generation group that exemplifies the qualities of generosity, gratitude and goodwill in all its dealings. The members comprise a large variety of area businesses which meet weekly. They support each other with referrals, business services and products, business management and leadership expertise, and advice. Gordon has served on the Board of Directors for most of the years of his membership and recently completed a term as President.
Since October 2005, OneWhoServes has cleaned Asheland Avenue through Asheville Greenwork’s Adopt-A-Street program. Asheland Avenue is in downtown Asheville and runs from Patton Ave to McDowell Street. The staff at OneWhoServes, Inc. has committed to clean up the street at least 4 times a year, with a goal of service to our community through keeping the streets of Asheville free of trash.
ASHEVILLE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
OneWhoServes, Inc. has been a member of the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce since our beginning in April, 2000. Gordon attends many events sponsored by the Chamber as do other members of our staff. We received the Small Business of the Month award in July of 2013 for the second time, the first in March of 2004.
HOMEWARD BOUND OF ASHEVILLE
Gordon has served 6 ½ years on the Board of Directors of Homeward Bound of Asheville, the last two as president. Homeward Bound is the lead agency in Asheville working to end chronic homelessness. They have placed nearly 800 people in homes since 2006 while providing supportive services to help keep them there. Gordon has been involved with Homeward Bound since 1998, and considers their services a true asset to the community.
A-B TECH BUSINESS COMPUTER DEPARTMENT
Gordon serves on the Advisory Committee of the Business Computer Department at A-B Tech since 2006. The Advisory Committee provides input and feedback regarding curriculum planning and programs to the faculty and staff of the department.
Gordon was a participant in Leadership Asheville, 2004. Leadership Asheville is a dynamic program which meets monthly. This program is dedicated to developing productive leaders focused on building vibrant, thriving communities through innovative leadership education, programs, and experiences, and by building relationships with area business, community, and government leaders. The group of participants is broken into subgroups which meet more often to create a service oriented project. Gordon’s group worked with Youth Leadership Asheville and with Helpmate to build awareness about the dangers of domestic and sexual violence to area high school students. Gordon graduated from Leadership Asheville in May of 2005.