Social Justice

Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity

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WHAT THEY DO: Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity brings people together across racial, ethnic, religious and socioeconomic lines to build homes, communities and hope.
Buoyed by the belief that everyone deserves a decent place to call home, Asheville Habitat offers affordable home repair and homeownership programs for those who earn less than 80% AMI (area median income) and do not qualify for traditional lending. Our programs create generational wealth-building opportunities for those with limited access to homeownership and help bridge the racial gap in housing.
Stable housing is central to thriving communities. An investment in affordable housing is also an investment in education, health care, the environment and much more.

$ 9015 raised so far.

$7565 matched so far.

Asheville Poverty Initiative

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WHAT THEY DO: Asheville Poverty Initiative aims to build community and promote economic justice. Our 12 Baskets Cafe gathers and distributes rescued food to everyone in the community, regardless of their socioeconomic situation. The Cafe is a powerful program that strives to create alternative social spaces for building relationships and sharing stories between neighbors and across socioeconomic differences, deconstructing stereotypes around poverty. Simply by sharing food with someone you might not otherwise bump into, fear is reduced, stereotypes are dismantled and hope is empowered.

$ 3855 raised so far.

Helpmate

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WHAT THEY DO: Helpmate works with our community to eliminate abuse and fear by pro- viding safety, shelter and support for victims/survivors of intimate partner domestic violence. Services include a 24-hour hotline, emergency shelter, case management, outreach and education, children’s services, court advocacy and LGBTQIA+ outreach.

$ 5930 raised so far.

Homeward Bound of WNC

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WHAT THEY DO: Homeward Bound’s mission is to prevent and end homelessness in our community through permanent housing and support. We have moved 2,250 individuals, families and veterans into homes, and 92% of them have not returned to homelessness. Through the national best practice of housing first, we are committed to moving people into housing as a first step, then wrapping them in supportive services to help stabilize their lives so they can stay in housing and improve their quality of life. Homeward Bound’s AHOPE Day Center is the front door to housing.

$ 8755 raised so far.

$6320 matched so far.

Just Economics

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WHAT THEY DO: Just Economics’ mission is to educate, advocate and organize for a more just and sustainable local economy that works for all in Western North Carolina. Just Economics works toward that mission through policy advo- cacy, living-wage certification and grassroots engagement. Just Econom- ics centers the voice of people most impacted by economic injustice and works at the systems level to impact change. Just Economics works to advance living wages, affordable housing and better transit.

$ 1385 raised so far.

$1385 matched so far.

Ministry of Hope

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WHAT THEY DO: Ministry of Hope serves inmates at Western Correctional Center for Women, the largest minimum-security women’s prison in Western North Carolina. As the sole source of funding for the interfaith chaplaincy program at WCCW, Ministry of Hope nurtures a safe space for residents to foster personal transformation, inspire future growth and uncover the potential for new beginnings. Having benefited from Ministry of Hope’s gifts of authentic connection, genuine belonging and deep healing, participants are empowered to create a better life for themselves and contribute positively to their communities.

$ 1420 raised so far.

Our VOICE

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WHAT THEY DO: In the pursuit of a community that is free of sexual violence, Our VOICE serves all individuals in Buncombe County affected by sexual assault, abuse and human trafficking, through counseling, advocacy and education.

$ 4800 raised so far.

Pisgah Legal Services

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WHAT THEY DO: Since 1978, Pisgah Legal Services has been a source of hope for people in our mountains who are struggling to makes ends meet. We believe that justice is for everyone, not just those who can afford a lawyer.
We provide free, civil legal aid that helps people with low incomes meet basic needs, including protection from domestic violence, preventing homelessness and accessing health care. Pisgah Legal’s legal advocates and volunteer attorneys help 20,000-plus people across WNC annually.

$ 5665 raised so far.

$3805 matched so far.