Recent Grants

Since 1995, The McDowell Endowment, in partnership with The Community Foundation, has awarded 181 grants totaling $1,240,456.

Photo courtesy of McDowell Mission Ministries.

$5,000 Grant Supporting McDowell Mission Ministries

In McDowell County, a recent health needs assessment identified mental health and substance use disorders as the two most prevalent issues. According to the data, more than 24 percent of adults self-reported seven days or more of poor mental health in a given month; fifteen percent reported not having access to mental health services. In McDowell County, the drug overdose rate has increased by nearly fifteen percent, and more than 3.3 million opioid pills are dispensed annually. The 2020 Census reported a population of 45,000. To address these very serious issues, McDowell Mission Ministries regularly partners with others to ensure mental health and substance use treatment is available to their clients.

McDowell Mission Ministries mission is to improve the lives of people experiencing homelessness and poverty by providing emergency shelter, housing services and crisis assistance. Their goal is that every person experiencing homelessness will have the opportunity to access housing, healing, and hope leading to a stable and rewarding future. A $5,000 grant is supporting their work.

Spring 2022 - Grants totaling $51,280

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina - $2,500 to support ongoing volunteer mentor recruitment.

CareReach - $5,000 for medication assistance, medical equipment and outreach materials for vulnerable residents.

Centro Unido Latino-Americano - $5,000 for direct assistance to families negatively affected by COVID-19.

Children's Cancer Partners of the Carolinas - $4,479 to provide access to treatment for children battling cancer.

Jason's Getaway - $1,000 to support events for the special needs community.

McDowell Arts Council Association - $4,668 to purchase theatre equipment for the Greenlee Theatre.

McDowell County EMS - $2,100 to purchase specialized wireless routers for two paramedic vehicles.

McDowell County Government/North Carolina Cooperative Extension - $2,500 to purchase food and supplies for a 4-H youth summer camp.

McDowell County Health Coalition - $4,000 to educate the local industrial workforce about the long-term effects of trauma and stress on health and general well-being.

McDowell LFAC - $5,000 to support its food distribution center.

McDowell Mission Ministries - $5,000 to purchase supplies needed for an outreach program that serves people who are homeless.

New HOPE of McDowell - $4,548 to purchase a refrigerator and freezer for the kitchen at its emergency shelter.

Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte - $485 to support its residential housing programing for families of children receiving medical care.

St. John's Episcopal Church/Food Pantry - $5,000 to purchase fresh, local produce for distribution to low-income people.

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