Summer 2021 - Grants totaling $151,780
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina - $5,000 to grow its program on the plateau to 35 matches over the next fiscal year. Funds will be used to support additional Big and Little recruiting efforts, programming and enrichment activities, and funding part of the program director’s salary.
Blue Ridge Mountains Health Project - $12,500 to increase access to free, preventive dental services and dental education to residents of Cashiers. Funds will be used to support personnel expenses for a dental hygienist.
Blue Ridge School - $4,570 for window treatments to improve campus safety for all staff and students. Blinds in the offices at the front of the school will be replaced. Additionally, vinyl, custom privacy film covers will be installed throughout the building, allowing students and staff the ability to see out of windows, while preventing others from seeing in.
Boys & Girls Club of the Plateau - $10,000 to support operating needs associated with its capital expansion. Programming is in high demand, and it is anticipated that the new facility may host 160 members per day, more than double its average daily member participation since opening in 2014.
Cashiers Valley Preschool - $12,000 to paint the exterior of the building, which was last done in 2012.
Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society - $6,210 to support its low-cost or free spay/neuter program.
Community Care Clinic of Highlands-Cashiers - $10,000 to support general operations for the free clinic that provides health care services to uninsured, low-income residents, primarily from southern Jackson and southern Macon counties. Services include, but are not limited to, primary medical care (including diagnosis and treatment of both episodic illnesses and chronic diseases), needed medications at no or low cost, and laboratory testing and x-rays.
Friends of Panthertown - $10,000 to support ongoing forest stewardship and conservation work and trail workdays and to add capacity by hiring a part-time trail crew leader and stewardship assistant.
Hampton School - $12,500 to provide high-quality childcare for children ages twelve months to twelve years. This facility is the only early childcare program that cares for children as young as twelve months in southern Jackson County and its immediate vicinity.
Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust - $9,000 to support the Stewardship Director, who oversees all aspects of caring for and monitoring over 60 properties annually, and its Education Coordinator, who oversees all aspects of the Kids In Nature programs.
International Friendship Center - $12,500 to cover part of the costs associated with opening and operating a Cashiers social services location. The satellite office will be staffed two days a week at the Church of the Good Shepherd to meet the many needs of the large and growing immigrant population in Cashiers, Glenville, and Sapphire.
JAM Blue Ridge - $12,000 for operating costs of its after-school community music program for children. JAM has provided after-school music and cultural education for five years in the Cashiers community.
Mountain Projects/Circles of Cashiers-Glenville - $7,500 to enable Cashiers-area families currently living in poverty to become financially sustainable through education, job opportunities, and community support. These funds will be applied to costs of personnel, supplies, educational materials, and incentives.
Pisgah Legal Services - $9,000 to support free civil legal assistance to, and advocacy for, low-income people who live and work in and around Cashiers. This assistance will include services that help prevent homelessness, secure subsistence income, access healthcare, secure work authorizations, stop illegal creditor harassment, stop abuse, and meet other basic needs.
Summit Charter School - $10,000 to make available to all 110 of its middle and high school students two character development programs, LEAD and PEAK.
The Bascom - $9,000 to support its Cashiers Community Outreach and Education Initiative, which provides scholarships, instructors, and materials for Cashiers area programs.
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