Cashiers Community Fund Awards Grants Totaling $160,610

(August 2022) The Cashiers Community Fund awarded nineteen grants totaling $160,610 to nonprofits serving the Cashiers community in its recent grant cycle. These grants also received funding from the Lyn K. Holloway Memorial Fund. The Cashiers Community Fund, in partnership with CFWNC, has awarded grants totaling $1,854,900.

“Cashiers nonprofits undertake important, front-line work in our community and have addressed numerous challenges over the last two years,” said Advisory Board Chair Lisa Bates. “These organizations see a need and work to address it. We are grateful to our donors who have built a permanent charitable resource to support local programs with local dollars.”

The 2022 grants are:

$10,000 to Adults Working & Advocating for Kids Empowerment (AWAKE) to implement an ADA-compliant website and develop marketing tools to allow victims to report child abuse safely and discretely.

$5,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina to support recruiting efforts, programming activities and part of the program director’s salary.

$10,000 to Blue Ridge Mountains Health Project to increase access to free, preventive dental services and school-based dental education to residents of Cashiers.

$10,000 to Boys & Girls Club of the Plateau to support growing operational needs resulting from increased membership capacity.

$5,000 to Cashiers Historical Society to assist in the installation of a new transformer from Haywood EMC that will complete the electrical expansion on campus.

$10,000 to Cashiers Valley Preschool for renovations to reduce facility heating and cooling costs.

$10,000 to Center for Domestic Peace to support operating costs for Intervention Services, including part-time staff and necessary items for clients.

$10,000 to Community Care Clinic of Highlands-Cashiers to support operations.

$5,000 to Fishes and Loaves Food Pantry to purchase food for distribution to people who fall below the federal poverty line to help alleviate hunger in the area.

$8,000 to Friends of Panthertown for trail maintenance and stewardship.

$10,000 to Hampton School to provide high-quality childcare for children ages 12 months to 12 years.

$8,000 to Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust to support land stewardship and environmental education programs.

$10,000 to International Friendship Center toward a full-time social worker who devotes half their time to helping people in Cashiers and Jackson County.

$6,610 to JAM Blue Ridge for operating costs of its children’s afterschool community music program.

$10,000 to Pisgah Legal Services to support free civil legal assistance and advocacy for low-income people who live and work in and around Cashiers.

$10,000 to Summit Charter School to support the LEAD and PEAK character development programs for 150 middle and high school students.

$10,000 to The Village Green toward rebuilding the existing 650 linear-ft. boardwalk and adding a new 750 linear-ft. raised boardwalk through the upland bog of its back four acres.

$10,000 to Vecinos Farmworker Health Program for expanded capacity that will allow 30 additional patients from the greater Cashiers community to be served.

$3,000 to Western Carolina University Foundation for the Highlands Biological Station’s STEM Outreach Program at local schools.

Among the area’s longest standing charitable funds, the Cashiers Community Fund’s distinction as an endowment positions it to provide support in perpetuity. 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 Trace Baker, Lisa Bates (Chair), Christopher Dyer, Joyce Fisk, Paiden Hite, Leah Horton, Melissa Hudson, Carol Hunter, Harriet Karro, Laura Moser and Kati Miller. For additional information about the Cashiers Community Fund, contact Chair Lisa Bates at 828-508-2047.

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-$12,500 to nonprofit organizations and public agencies for charitable purposes, including programmatic needs, capital campaigns and operating expenses.

To make a tax-deductible contribution, donate online or by mail to the Cashiers Community Fund, c/o CFWNC, 4 Vanderbilt Park Drive, Suite 300 Asheville, NC, 28803, memo line: Cashiers Community Fund. Contributions of any size are welcome.

CFWNC supports the growth of its affiliate funds to extend the benefits of philanthropy across the region.