Cashiers Community Fund Awards Grants Totaling $127,575

Students work with Ipads at Summit Charter School.

(August 28, 2015) The Cashiers Community Fund is pleased to announce $127,575 in grants to nonprofits, including schools, food pantries, medical clinics and more, serving Cashiers and the surrounding region. Since 1994, the Cashiers Community Fund has awarded $914,225 to projects serving the Cashiers community. The recent grants include:

Blue Ridge School Education Foundation -$10,000 to support the Communities in School program at Blue Ridge School.

Summit Charter School - $9,860 to purchase iPad units for each middle school student.

The Boys & Girls Club of the Plateau - $10,000 to support the Triple Play Program that demonstrates how eating smart, keeping fit and forming positive relationships adds up to a healthy lifestyle.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC - $5,215 to expand the one-to-one mentoring program for children in the Cashiers community supports academic achievement.

Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust - $5,000 for Kids in Nature educational programs for the Boys and Girls Club, Summit Charter School and the Cashiers Rec Camp.

Hampton School - $10,000 toward support of high-quality child care for children, ages twelve months to twelve years, in a safe and nurturing learning environment.

Cashiers Valley Preschool - $10,000 for improvements to its facility and to provide children in the Cashiers community a positive early childhood learning environment and experience.

Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society - $10,000 toward the new Adoption Center that will expand the capacity of the local no-kill shelter.

Blue Ridge Mountains Health Project - $10,000 for staffing and dental supplies for the general dentistry and hygiene programs.

The Community Care Clinic of Highlands-Cashiers, Inc. - $10,000 to support free health care services to uninsured, low-income residents, primarily from southern Jackson and southern Macon counties.

Fishes and Loaves Food Pantry - $10,000 to provide free food to people in need to help alleviate hunger in the Cashiers community.

Highlands-Cashiers Hospital Foundation - $5,000 to upgrade communication technology for Cashiers Medical Center and improve patient services within Mission Health System.

Life Challenge of Western North Carolina - $10,000 to provide residential shelter, rehabilitative care and life skills education to low-income, at-risk women in Jackson County.

The Bascom - $7,500 for the Community Arts Education Initiative that delivers art education to residents of Jackson County in collaboration with the school system and local nonprofit organizations.

Cashiers Valley Community Center - $5,000 for the new thrift store project, which supports operation of the community center.

"Our independent grant cycle allows us to respond to community needs by funding a diverse selection of nonprofits," said Board Chair Tommy Valenta. "The Cashiers Community Fund was created, in partnership with The Community Foundation, to serve our county's needs, large and small. We are grateful to all who have supported the Fund and who help us meet our community's needs now and in the future."

The local volunteer Advisory Board works to raise awareness of the Cashiers Community Fund and to build assets for the future. The board members are: Lisa Bates, Jeanne Builder, Pat Carlton, Charlie Coker, T. Wayne Davis, Louis Freeman, Shannon Hargrove, J.T. Lane, Jochen Lucke, Sam Lupas, Will Madden, Sarah Nelson, Harry Phillips, Jr., Brenda Pollak, Toby Summerour, Tommy Valenta (Chair) and Dennis Winchester. For additional information about the Cashiers Community Fund, contact Chair Tommy Valenta at (214) 369-3449.

The Cashiers Community Fund supports projects improving the quality of life in greater Cashiers and benefitting the broad community and its residents. CCF provides grants between $2,500-10,000 to nonprofit organizations and public agencies for charitable purposes, including programmatic needs, capital campaigns and operating expenses.

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