Every single person has capabilities, abilities and gifts. Living a good life depends on whether those capabilities can be used, abilities expressed and gifts given. If they are, the person will be valued, feel powerful and well-connected to the people around them. And the community around the person will be more powerful because of the contribution the person is making.

– John P. Kretzmann and John L. McKnight

Upcoming events and initiatives: 

Garden Work Day Saturday June 25, 10am-12pm at Mathomhouse Farm, 3458 Railroad Grade Rd

Join Blackburn Community Outreach next Saturday to get your hands dirty and build community with others in Todd in the garden! The produce from the garden will be distributed through Green Valley School’s summer food program addressing food insecurity in our local community.
What you need: Closed-toed shoes, water, and whatever sun protection you need, as well as a willing spirit! Also, bring a digging fork if you own one!
Questions? email Matt Gundlach: mgundlach21@gmail.com

Blackburn Community Outreach, Inc.

We are excited to announce upcoming changes we’ve made in our organization. One of those is our new name: Blackburn Community Outreach! We have made some shifts to the organization, but our core commitments remain. We continue our commitment to learn about and from our community, working closely with more partners in community based projects, building new relationships, and actively listening to our neighbors. We invite you to join us in this new stage of our development. Be sure to check out our newsletter posted below for more information. There are many exciting ways to be involved in Blackburn Community Outreach, Inc. this year:


Now Accepting Applications!

We are also very excited to announce that we are accepting applications for new residents for our 2016-2017 Blackburn House cohort. The program has three foci: intentional community, holistic service and Christian spirituality. Blackburn House is a unique experience for those seeking a year of community, discernment and service. Download an application here. Find a video below to learn more about Blackburn House and check out the Blackburn House page for more information.


Recent press we’ve received:

Religion in Life Broadcast, Season 2, Episode 6

Religion in Life Broadcast, Season 3, Episode 4

Watauga Democrat

Ashe Mountain Times

High Country Press


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