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News Community Highlands Community Fund announces $93,190 in grants

Highlands Community Fund announces $93,190 in grants to local nonprofit organizations providing important services in the community.

The grants were made in partnership with The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina (CFWNC) and include:

• Highlands United Methodist Church - $20,000 to support enrichment programs and supervision for children enrolled in the early child care program and the after school program through the newly formed Gordon Center for Children.

• The Literacy Council of Highlands - $20,000 to continue its literacy programs currently being offered including: GED and ESL classes, Adult Literacy, ESL Study Hall, After School Enrichment, the Mobilizing Literacy program, summer day camp and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library & computer lab with Rosetta Stone language software.

• The Bascom - $15,000 to support Community Arts Education activities for students in collaboration with other organizations in the Highlands community.

• Highlands Community Child Development Center - $11,000 toward facility improvements and program enhancements required for the 2014 Four Star Center license inspection.

• Peggy Crosby Community Service Center - $10,000 toward renovation projects to improve the community meeting areas and offices to better serve the community.

• Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust - $7,000 to support staff work in the Land Stewardship and community education programs related to the conservation and protection of the natural heritage of the Highlands Plateau.

• Hudson Library - $5,200 to enhance learning opportunities and library facilities for the children of Highlands.

• Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC (Highlands branch office) - $4,990 to continue and expand “323 Little Organics,” a positive activity for the child-adult matches to grow herbs and vegetables that are sold at the local farmers market. This project utilizes real life experiences to provide business and life skills and to bolster the children's sense of competency and selfesteem.

These grants were awarded as part of The Community Foundation’s People in Need focus area and other grant cycles, and were funded in part by the Janirve Legacy Fund, CFWNC Fundholders, the Hertwig Fund and the Highlands Community Fund.

“We are pleased to join with CFWNC and other partners to fund these grants that will make such a difference for the nonprofit organizations and the people they serve in our community,” said Highlands Community Fund Advisory Board Chair Sid Nurkin. “With these grants, approximately $150,000 has been contributed to the support of worthy organizations in Highlands over the last two years.”

Highlands Community Fund, an affiliate of The Community Foundation, was established in 1999 by a group of local residents as a permanent endowment and resource for charitable efforts that benefit the entire community. To make a tax-deductible contribution to the Highlands Community Fund, donate on-line at www.cfwnc.org or by mail to Highlands Community Fund, P.O. Box 1150, Highlands, NC 28741-1150.

The local, volunteer Advisory Board works to raise awareness of the Highlands Community Fund and to build assets for the future. These board members are: Tricia Allen, Kathy Bowman (Secretary), Laney Capron, Caroline Cook, Gayle Cummings, Amanda Gregory, John Hopkins, Jean Manz, Sid Nurkin (Chair), Nancy Parker, Stan Sharp and Allen L. "Buck" Trott.

The Community Foundation is a nonprofit serving 18 counties in Western North Carolina. The Foundation is a permanent regional resource that facilitates more than $11 million in charitable giving annually. CFWNC inspires philanthropy and mobilizes resources to enrich lives and communities in Western North Carolina. To learn more about The Community Foundation, call (828)254-4960 or visit www.cfwnc.org.


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