(August 2023) The Cashiers Community Fund awarded eighteen grants totaling $162,170 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 $2,017,070.
“Through the support of friends and neighbors, we are able to fund worthwhile projects and nonprofits doing good work across the Cashiers community,” said Advisory Board Chair Melissa Warren Hudson. “Permanent charitable resources devoted to Cashiers mean that the Fund can be responsive as needs change over time. With these grants, we have awarded more than $2 million. It really is generosity multiplied.”
The 2023 grants are:
$5,000 to Adults Working and Advocating for Kids Empowerment (AWAKE) toward strategic planning.
$6,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina to support recruiting, programming and staffing costs.
$10,000 to Blue Ridge Mountains Health Project to support dental assistant positions.
$8,306 to Blue Ridge School to update the appliances required for instructional purposes in the exceptional students classroom.
$10,000 to Boys & Girls Club of the Plateau to serve its increased membership while expanding quality academic programming.
$12,500 to Cashiers Valley Preschool toward renovations to reduce heating and cooling costs and upgrade lighting.
$7,500 to Center for Domestic Peace to support its Intervention Services, including staff and items needed by clients.
$11,000 to Community Care Clinic of Highlands-Cashiers for general operating support.
$9,932 to Counseling and Psychotherapy Center of Highlands for general operating support.
$7,500 to Fishes and Loaves Food Pantry to purchase food for distribution to people with incomes falling below the Federal poverty line, helping to alleviate hunger.
$5,000 to Friends of Panthertown to support conservation and stewardship of Panthertown Valley.
$12,500 to Hampton School to provide high-quality childcare for children ages 12 months to 12 years.
$5,000 to Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust to support the "Kids in Nature" and "Community in Nature" education programs.
$10,000 to International Friendship Center toward food and childcare services that supplement its English Language Learners program.
$10,000 to Pisgah Legal Services to support free civil legal assistance and advocacy to low-income people who live and work in and around Cashiers.
$9,932 to Summit Charter School to support its Music & Arts programs.
$12,000 to The Village Green toward the improvement and structural engineering plans needed to restore the community playground.
$10,000 to Vecinos Farmworker Health Program for general operating support.
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 H. Baker (Vice Chair), Lisa Bates, Christopher Dyer, Joyce Wellman Fisk, Paiden Hite, Leah Horton, Melissa Warren Hudson (Chair), Carol Hunter, Harriet Karro (Secretary), Kati Miller, Laura Moser and Susan Yow. For additional information about the Cashiers Community Fund, contact Chair Melissa Warren Hudson at 404-395-8461.
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.