WHAT THEY DO: We keep Asheville thriving by producing diverse and eclectic programming that inspires our listeners to build connections across our communities and to discover new music and ideas.
WHAT THEY DO: ABCCM is a leading nonprofit addressing poverty, hunger, homelessness and access to health care. A family of 310 congregations and 6,068 volunteers provide basic necessities like food, clothing and limited financial assistance at four Crisis Ministry sites; the Jail Ministry, with (virtual) Bible studies and coordination of religious activities at BCDC; and the Medical Ministry, providing essential medical care with pharmacy services at no cost for the uninsured. The ministry work also focuses on helping veterans through housing and education at Veterans Restoration Quarters; and Veterans Services of the Carolinas, with training and job placement, rapid rehousing services and service coordination for veterans across 74 counties in N.C. Steadfast House provides temporary housing and training for new life skills for women and children, including veterans, all leading to a living wage and permanent housing.
$ 2820 raised so far.
WHAT THEY DO: All Souls Counseling Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide affordable, quality mental health counseling to the uninsured and underinsured residents of Western North Carolina with a sliding-fee scale. We offer individual, family and couples counseling, and we are currently providing our services via the phone and forms of tele- health for clients’ and therapists’ safety during the ongoing pandemic.
$ 3260 raised so far.
WHAT THEY DO: Rescue. Rehab. Release. Relate. That’s the mission of Appalachian Wild, a nonprofit founded in 2014 to provide care for injured and orphaned native wildlife, support the wildlife rehabilitation network and provide conservation education to the community. Serving nearly 2,000 wild animals in peril each year from counties throughout WNC, Appalachian Wild provides a vital service to the community. If you find orphaned or injured wildlife in need of help, reach out to the Wildlife Emergency Hotline at 828-633-6364 ext. 1 or email email@example.com.
$ 2706 raised so far.
$1795 matched so far.
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.
WHAT THEY DO: The Asheville City Schools Foundation is an independent organization whose work strengthens opportunities for students in Asheville City Schools. ACSF’s work impacts over 4,200 students each year through after-school programming, grants to educators, youth leadership development, teaching artist classroom residencies, emergency assistance for ACS families and college scholarships. ACSF reimagines the collective influence on our local schools through innovative funding, programs and partnerships.
$ 2890 raised so far.
$2890 matched so far.
WHAT THEY DO: We’re all about hope, not heartache. As Buncombe County’s critical safety net since 1984, we are always here to save and protect every animal. We have mastered the art of saving lives within our walls, and now we are going even further, helping our community’s pets and their people thrive together. We are going beyond a no-kill community to ensure that each animal has the quality of life they deserve—a life worth living.
$ 3295 raised so far.
$3395 matched so far.
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.
$ 3875 raised so far.
WHAT THEY DO: Aurora Studio & Gallery offers a supportive art space for artists and creatives who have been affected by trauma, mental health issues, addiction or being unhoused. The program was founded in order to offer a safe, holistic space for participants to create art while building community. The studio offers a space where participants may utilize the arts to enhance self-expression and self-confidence, and network with local artists as a steppingstone for those who are not ready or able to afford other area arts programs.
$ 1745 raised so far.
WHAT THEY DO: The mission of BeLoved Asheville is to cultivate a transformational way of life rooted in community, creativity and equity that brings people from diverse backgrounds to use their voices, skills and unique gifts to create innovative solutions for some of the toughest challenges we face: racism and systemic inequities, food and housing security, poverty, and inequities in health care. Our projects include our BeLoved Village of deeply affordable micro homes; the first homeless street medic team in the nation; cultural organizing and racial healing projects via Proud to Be Brown, Asheville en Espanol and Asheville in Black; and rapid response/long-term relief during the COVID-19 pandemic.
$ 6215 raised so far.
$5000 matched so far.
WHAT THEY DO: Blue Ridge Pride advocates, celebrates, educates and serves our growing WNC LGBTQ+ population. Our vision is an inclusive community, where people are embraced for who they are and feel welcomed to engage and contribute. WNC is home to an estimated 35,000 people who identify as LGBTQ. We collaborate with WNC’s community service organizations and companies that welcome and serve our community, where family values run deep.
$ 1145 raised so far.
$500 matched so far.
WHAT THEY DO: Bounty & Soul is a community-based nonprofit that works to connect, share and celebrate nutritious food, education and community. We provide access to fresh produce and wellness resources through our weekly no-cost markets and our online community classroom, where you can find free Zumba, yoga, recipes, kids activities, cooking classes and more!
$ 1770 raised so far.
WHAT THEY DO: Brother Wolf Animal Rescue works throughout Western North Carolina to positively impact the lives of thousands of companion animals each year through adoption, spaying and neutering, rural shelter partnerships, fostering, community cats and more. Together, we save lives.
$ 2900 raised so far.
$2580 matched so far.
WHAT THEY DO: Buncombe Partnership for Children is on a mission to strengthen the capacity of educators, families and the community to build a strong foundation for children’s learning and development, starting at birth. BPFC invests in children ages birth to 5 and their families, caretakers and educators by partnering with local organizations to improve the quality of early childhood education; increase access to affordable, high-quality early care; expand early literacy; support children’s healthy development; and provide family support.
$ 1830 raised so far.
$1775 matched so far.
WHAT THEY DO: Trinity Place was founded in 1992 as an emergency shelter for youth. Today, Trinity Place is a 24-hour, supervised program in downtown Asheville. Each year, Trinity serves over 100 youth, ages 7-17, of all gender identities and sexual orientations. Youth served at Trinity Place have run away from home or are at risk of running away. The dedicated staff are a source of support to children and provide a home-like environment, while helping youth work toward family reunification or finding alternative placement.
$ 2510 raised so far.
$1000 matched so far.
WHAT THEY DO: Children First/Communities In Schools of Buncombe County works to strengthen both child and family by keeping students on track for academic success, while using public policy to build a more family-friendly, affordable Buncombe County. Our student support specialists work in K-6 schools to support students with improvement goals related to attendance, behavior, coursework, parent engagement and social-emotional learning. Family Resource Centers offer food boxes, clothing, school supplies, emer- gency financial assistance and much more.
$ 2925 raised so far.
$1260 matched so far.
WHAT THEY DO: EcoForesters is a nonprofit professional forestry organization dedicated to conserving and restoring our Appalachian forests through education and stewardship. Forestland owners and local communities benefit from EcoForesters’ ability to develop and implement forest stewardship strategies that promote future forest sustainability and resiliency. Through community forestry programs, landowner workshops and innovative stewardship collaborations, EcoForesters emphasizes sound ecological management. We are actively making positive impacts on the Appalachian landscape while still helping landowners achieve their individual management objectives.
$ 2150 raised so far.
WHAT THEY DO: Since 1990, EQI and our volunteers have monitored water quality in WNC streams and lakes. Data from our VWIN and SMIE programs provide current and trend conditions at over 175 sites in the region. We partner with local governments and nonprofits to identify waterways in need of protection and restoration and to justify grants for water-quality improvements.
$ 845 raised so far.
$775 matched so far.
WHAT THEY DO: The WNC Nature Center connects people of all ages with the native plants and animals of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. The wild animals that call the Nature Center home have unique stories. Most have been imprinted or permanently injured. Others are endangered and part of a species survival plan. Your donation to the Friends supports the animal habitats, education programs and conservation initiatives of the WNC Nature Center and inspires people to know more, care more and do more for the unique wildlife of this region.
$ 3071 raised so far.
$2525 matched so far.
WHAT THEY DO: Providing a long-term solution to feline overpopulation in Buncombe, Henderson and Madison counties through a consistent trap-neuter-return program and low- or no-cost spay-neuter surgery at ASPCA Spay/Neuter Alliance (ASNA). In the 14 years since its founding, Friends2Ferals/HSBC has returned about 14,000 cats to responsible care with a rabies certificate designating the person responsible for renewing the shots. Friends2Ferals/HSBC provides an FVRCP vaccine, and cats are treated for parasites and minor wounds.
$ 2040 raised so far.
$650 matched so far.
WHAT THEY DO: Full Moon Farm provides a forever, safe haven for animals that cannot be placed into homes. Our rescued wolfdogs come from animal control agencies, closed breeding situations and owners in crisis. Our goal is to enrich the lives of the residents, allowing them to reach their highest potential.
$ 1195 raised so far.
$800 matched so far.
WHAT THEY DO: We’re people who care about where we live — our homes, neighborhoods and the planet. We’ve spent the past two decades advancing sustain- ability in the built environment through community education, measurable standards and regional action. We make a difference locally and regionally by certifying green residential construction through Green Built Homes; making energy-efficiency and renewable-energy upgrades to local schools and nonprofits through Appalachian Offsets; managing the Blue Horizons Project community clean-energy campaign; weatherizing low-income homes through Energy Savers Network; and educating the public by hosting sustainability-focused classes and publishing the annual Green Building Directory magazine.
$ 985 raised so far.
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.
$ 5950 raised so far.
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.
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.
WHAT THEY DO: Literacy Together’s mission is to transform lives and communities through the power of literacy. We serve students in four programs: Adult Literacy, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Youth Literacy and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.
$ 2905 raised so far.
WHAT THEY DO: Loving Food Resources is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to show love, compassion and respect to our community, while providing needed food, health and personal-care items to people in 18 Western North Carolina counties who are living with HIV/AIDS or are in home hospice care, regardless of diagnosis.
$ 1175 raised so far.
$1175 matched so far.
WHAT THEY DO: MemoryCare is a local, nonprofit organization serving Western North Carolina families affected by Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. As nationally recognized pioneers in dementia care, we have been supporting families since 2000. Our mission is to provide specialized medical care to older adults with cognitive impairment; to support caregivers with education, counseling and improved access to services; and to provide community education. Educational programs and peer support groups are available to all with need.
$ 1865 raised so far.
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.
WHAT THEY DO: MountainTrue champions resilient forests, clean waters and healthy communities in the Southern Blue Ridge. Our members and supporters work to foster thriving communities that sustain each other and our natural environment. To achieve this, MountainTrue empowers residents throughout the region to engage in community planning, policy and project advocacy, and on-the-ground projects.
$ 2315 raised so far.
WHAT THEY DO: The mission of My Daddy Taught Me That is to support young males’ development into righteous, respectable and responsible men. We achieve that goal through youth development programming and advocacy focused on eradicating the education-achievement and economic-mobility gaps that affect young men living in the city of Asheville and Buncombe County.
$ 3715 raised so far.
WHAT THEY DO: NAMI Western Carolina is an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, a nationwide mental health advocacy group dedicated to support, education and advocacy for individuals and families living with mental illness. Our support groups allow everyone to share their experiences and provide hope. Our educational classes and presentations provide up-to- date information about brain disorders, medications and treatment plans. We offer information and contacts for local mental health care.
$ 2694 raised so far.
$1500 matched so far.
WHAT THEY DO: Open Hearts Art Center is a supportive studio and gallery dedicated to representing and empowering adults with varied abilities to connect to and reach their full potential through the arts. We are a community-based day program that offers experiences in visual and performing arts, while focusing on supporting the individual needs of the artists who attend. The goal each day is to emphasize each person’s many and vast abilities.
$ 1315 raised so far.
WHAT THEY DO: OpenDoors of Asheville’s mission is to strengthen community by eliminating the race-based opportunity and achievement gaps for students through education. We work alongside students, parents and educators to ensure access to support and opportunities, kindergarten through college. By providing targeted academic interventions, access to transportation, housing advocacy, and diverse enrichment and employment opportunities, we envision a community in which all students thrive.
$ 3655 raised so far.
$4970 matched so far.
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.
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.
WHAT THEY DO: RiverLink champions the environmental and economic vitality of the French Broad River and its watershed. Each year, we educate thousands of youths and adults about river ecosystems and water quality. We also take on stream restoration projects that reduce stormwater runoff and sediment pollution, and we work with landowners to voluntarily protect and conserve their watershed properties.
$ 3325 raised so far.
WHAT THEY DO: We permanently protect and steward our region’s most beloved natural areas. When you support local land and water conservation, you ensure our lands, our water, our wildlife and our farms will be there for future generations. SAHC is committed to creating and supporting equitable, healthy and thriving communities for everyone in our region.
$ 8456 raised so far.
$6856 matched so far.
WHAT THEY DO: Buncombe County is aging rapidly, and we need help to promote the dignity, independence and well-being of adults through service, education and advocacy. We combat key issues that seniors face — isolation, safety, housing, transportation and hidden hunger. Help us provide Medicare counseling, support to caregivers, grab bars, food to the homebound and more. By choosing COA, YOU transform lives.
$ 2230 raised so far.
WHAT THEY DO: Since 1984, the Mediation Center has helped community members find common ground and a way through difficult and stressful conflict. Participants are families, youths, neighbors and organizations, as well as people impacted by incarceration, who work through conflict and reach agreements on their own terms. The Mediation Center also provides supervised child visitation to ensure children can stay connected to both of their parents despite past violence or abuse. By helping community members resolve conflict, the Mediation Center creates a safer and more peaceful community for everyone.
$ 1625 raised so far.
$1625 matched so far.
WHAT THEY DO: The POP Project delivers free used books to schools, community centers, hospitals and other locations around the community. Our goal is to make sure all books we are entrusted with are used for constructive, personal expansion. Because everyone deserves a good book.
$ 1070 raised so far.
WHAT THEY DO: The Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation’s mission is to increase access to health care, fight health inequities and promote wellness. Our programs include Project Access®, providing health care to low-income, uninsured people; the WCMS Interpreter Network, providing interpretation to Deaf and limited English proficient people; the Dr. Charles Blair Health Scholar Fund, providing scholarships to students pursuing careers in health care; WNC Colorectal Cancer Screening Initiative, providing colorectal cancer screening in Buncombe, Madison, Mitchell and Yancey counties; and the Healthy Healer Program, supporting well-being for physicians and physician assistants.
$ 2160 raised so far.
WHAT THEY DO: The primary missions of Wild for Life are avian rehabilitation and environmental education. Volunteer staff members provide care for injured and orphaned birds of prey and adult songbirds, with the ultimate goal of returning them to the wild. Wild for Life community outreach presentations, which include nonreleasable ambassador birds, engage and educate the public about the importance of native wildlife and global conservation. WFL is state and federally licensed.
$ 6610 raised so far.
$1885 matched so far.
WHAT THEY DO: We prevent one-time emergencies from becoming long-term struggles by using crowdfunding. A large portion of the WNC community lives on the financial edge. Without immediate help, a tough situation can turn into a catastrophic one. One missed rent payment due to illness can spiral into homelessness. Sudden car trouble can result in unemployment due to lack of transportation. When our partner agencies have a client whose path is blocked by a one-time emergency, we share the case to our network of crowdfunding donors. Once the funds are raised, the partner agency can continue seeing the client on the road to their own personal success.
$ 1556 raised so far.
$1546 matched so far.
WHAT THEY DO: A functioning vehicle opens the doors to further education, better employment opportunities and an improved quality of life. Working Wheels provides affordable, reliable transportation to local families through our Vehicle Purchase and Vehicle Repair programs. Donate your car or donate money to the Repair Fund and significantly change the life of a local family. It is not just a tax deduction, but a step toward independence for a member of our community.
$ 1970 raised so far.
$1915 matched so far.
WHAT THEY DO: The YMICC’s mission is to promote cultural preservation and elevate Black excellence through community engagement, advocacy, leadership development and economic justice. And to drive that mission forward, we have launched a $5 million capital campaign to preserve our space, grow our team of staff and create a sustaining endowment for our future.
$ 2285 raised so far.