Big Brothers Big Sisters Awarded $2,500
In 2021, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina (BBBSWNC) expanded its mission - to create and support matches that ignite the power and promise of youth - by extending services to eight additional mountain counties. From its central office in Asheville, BBBSWNC added Avery, Clay, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Rutherford, Transylvania and Yancey counties to the work it was already doing in 10 counties.
Partnering with schools and local government, BBBSWNC staff began working with community members to recruit Bigs, plan activities for Bigs and Littles, and raise money for programming addressing each county’s unique needs. This led to significant outcomes for Littles with 2021 surveys indicating that 90 percent reported improved self-confidence, while 86 percent said their school behavior had gotten better. Seventy-five percent reported better school attendance, 71 percent said they were more eager to learn, and 69 percent reported more positive engagement with teachers and peers.
BBBSWNC is always recruiting caring adults to mentor great kids. Visit the website to learn more about volunteering. bbbswnc.org
Spring 2022 - Grants totaling $35,500
Altapass Foundation - $4,000 to purchase signage, benches, and plant identifiers for its pollinator garden.
Appalachian Therapeutic Riding Center - $2,000 for eight children from low-income families to attend a summer camp program.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina - $2,500 to support ongoing volunteer mentor recruitment.
High Country Caregiver Foundation - $3,000 to hire a professional guide to lead a nature adventure pilot program for teenagers being raised by grandparents.
Mayland Community College Foundation - $1,800 for an outdoor movie community event.
Mitchell County Animal Rescue - $5,000 to provide no-cost spay and neuter surgeries and vaccinations for pets from low-income families.
Mitchell Giving Gardens - $2,200 to grow fresh vegetables for people who rely on emergency food assistance.
Neighbors Feeding Neighbors Food Ministry - $5,000 to provide personal care items to low-income families.
Pisgah Legal Services - $5,000 for free civil legal assistance and advocacy for low-income residents.
Spruce Pine United Methodist Church - $5,000 to provide equipment, transportation, curriculum and snacks for students participating in its afterschool program.
See all grants since inception. Download Grant History.
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