News & Views

Our media database includes the latest news footage and archives of past Women of Mountain City articles. Here you will find the collection of publications and reports dating from the organization’s inception in April 2020, all the way up to the present day. Check out some of our featured articles below and learn more about our efforts.

WATCH: ‘Women of MC’ continuing to give back to people in need within Johnson County - WJHL

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Women of MC serves over 200 in need during weekend event -WJHL

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Mountain City organization gives women a voice - Tomahawk

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Nonprofit making a splash in Johnson County

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Want free wifi and a better life? You might need to move. - The Medium

The Medium - Laura Lovett


Johnson County recognized in national magazine

"Johnson County is one of the few areas recognized in a recent feature spanning the nation thanks to work done by nonprofit Women of Mountain City. The organization’s work towards providing free Wi-Fi in Ralph Stout Park landed Johnson County a spot on Medium’s move-to destination list in the article “Want free Wi-Fi and a better life? You might need to move.” The publication also features photos of Johnson County from local photographer Tia Thomas."

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Women of MC partners with Jo. Co. Schools

The Johnson County School Board had a special guest during its most recent board meeting. Steve Owens, the father of Women of Mountain City founder Olivia Stelter, showed up to offer free feminine hygiene products to young girls in Johnson County Schools. Women of Mountain City plans to capitalize on the meal delivery system with the help of school officials, which will increase the number of young women receiving this service.


New year, new roots: Women-centric organization opens doors for 2021

The Women of Mountain City started its nonprofit journey in early 2020. Need in the county is prevalent, but the COVID-19 pandemic put further strain on people everywhere, closing down some businesses and costing workers their jobs or livelihoods. Despite difficulties nationwide, people locally donated funds to secure a building for the Women of Mountain City. The Women of MC’s first location, at 1971 B South Shady Street, will open at the beginning of 2021.

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Women of Mountain City opens office doors to community

“We wanted everybody to feel as confident as we do,” Stelter said. “They can achieve anything that they want to. We’re also aware that sometimes that takes somebody giving you a little bit of help and somebody lifting you up on their shoulders, and we’re happy to do that.

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Women of MC fighting against food insecurity in community

Food wasn’t the only resource included in the food packages. Stelter said the group also added sex education material for national sexual assault awareness month. This included information on consent, sexual coercion and intimate partner violence.

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"Building a better community roundtable event"

The Women of Mountain City (WMC) hosted its first roundtable event on Monday, June 14, at the Watauga Lake Winery. More than 70 guests showed up to hear discussions on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), childhood abuse and neglect, teen pregnancy, diversity, inclusion, outreach, and victim advocacy in Johnson County. Parties involved offered to partner with the community to help meet needs and figure out why the area is in its current shape.

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“They aren’t equipped with the resources they need to thrive in an Appalachian environment. I hope we can work together. I hope that today is an eye-opening experience and an experience of love and dedication that we have to see the future of Johnson County thrive and come out stronger together. To take the gaps and fill them in together instead of separate. We need each other.”

June 14, 2021

ETSU Equality and Inclusion Director Calvin Claggett expressed shock after touring the area, comparing the conditions to urban decay in his hometown. According to his analysis, the pool should “be condemned,” the picnic tables are rotten, the community center’s conditions are “troubling” and its foundation is “bad,” and the tennis courts have “not been resurfaced in years.”


No Constraints: The executive director of Women of MC doubles down on her mission

Oct 6th, 2021

“We will enrich the lives of women in our community, no matter how the community sees it. That’s the mission. Providing that access, that safe space, that education. Being a voice for people who don’t have one, empowering women. That’s it. We’re going to do whatever we have to, by whatever means possible. No constraints this time.”