Parting Request from Holly Jones

13 Dec

Friday is the last day at the YWCA of Asheville for outgoing Executive Director Holly Jones. Here is a letter she sent to YWCA members and donors: 

Dear YW Family,

Sixteen years ago, I saw an ad in the Raleigh News and Observer for an Executive Director. The most memorable and life changing part of this ad was the bolded part describing the mission of the organization: Eliminating Racism and Empowering Women. Not long after that, I was given the chance of a lifetime to become the leader of the YWCA of Asheville.

Over those years, the life changing stories I’ve seen and heard are remarkable. However, the story that I will carry from this place is a personal one. I became a mom while serving the YWCA. My daughter Gabriela has been raised at 185 South French Broad Avenue, growing up in the YWCA childcare and afterschool, becoming a fantastic little swimmer through our Aquatics program and now doing Kid’s Yoga.

From the very beginning, I received daily encouragement and advice. All women deserve the support and care I received as a new mom.From the very beginning, Gabriela received the most profound foundation for school and life that a child could ever hope for. All children in our community deserve such a start.

As most of you know, I will be leaving the position of Executive Director in January 2012 to become the Regional Manager for the YWCA Southeast Region.

As I leave, I have one final opportunity to ask you to help this remarkable YWCA. Your gift will give hundreds of children and women in our community the support they deserve. You can click here or the button below to donate.



It has been an honor and privilege to lead the YWCA of Asheville. It has been the chance of a lifetime. Thank you for your deep commitment to the YWCA.





Holly Jones

Executive Director

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