Fund for Mitchell County Announces $50,000 in Grants

The Fund for Mitchell County is pleased to announce $50,000 in People in Need grants to local nonprofit organizations providing critical services for economically disadvantaged people. The grants were made in partnership with The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina (CFWNC) and include:
$15,000 to Hospice and Palliative Care of the Blue Ridge to support the Bridging the Gap program, which provides supplements, transportation, food and utilities for patients and their families.
$5,000 to the Mitchell County Government/Sheriff's Department to implement Project Lifesaver, a program designed to locate and prevent serious injury or death of people suffering from mental health disorders.
$15,000 to Mitchell County Shepherd's Staff to provide food and utility assistance.
$15,000 to Rural Education Partners of Mitchell County to establish and staff a service office at Bowman Middle School expanding existing in-school support services, youth development afterschool and summer activities and case-managed student services.
These grants were awarded as part of The Community Foundation’s People in Need focus area grant cycle and were funded in part by The Fund for Mitchell County, the Janirve Legacy Fund and CFWNC fundholders.
“Connected by a deep commitment to our community, the Fund for Mitchell County Advisory Board works to address our area’s greatest needs,” stated Advisory Board Chair, Dr. Dan Barron. “Together with CFWNC, and through the generous gifts of friends and neighbors, we proudly support the local nonprofits that serve our most vulnerable populations.” One of the things that make The Fund for Mitchell County different from other organizations that solicit money for nonprofits is that 98.5% all of every person’s contribution goes directly to help fund grants. For example if a person gives The Fund for Mitchell County $100, then $98.50 is used to fund grants for nonprofits in Mitchell County. Other organizations may take as much as $25 of that $100 contribution to pay local salaries and national fees, leaving only $75 for grants. “We are the real deal when it comes to helping nonprofits help people to help themselves, said Barron.”
The Fund for Mitchell County, 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 county. Since 2000, The Fund for Mitchell County has awarded 69 grants to 35 organizations totaling $641,209. To make a tax-deductible contribution to The Fund for Mitchell County, donate online at or by mail to The Fund for Mitchell County, P.O. Box 1101, Spruce Pine, NC 28777-1101. Checks should be made out to CFWNC, noting The Fund for Mitchell County in the memo line. Contributions of any size are welcome and will enable The Fund to support more local programs with local dollars.
The local completely volunteer Advisory Board works to raise awareness of The Fund for Mitchell County and to build assets for the future. These board members are: Beverly Ayscue, Dr. Dan Barron (Chair), Chris Day (Vice Chair), Janie DeVos, Lee Ellis, Sammie Ellis, Rhonda Gunter, Nick Joerling, Delphia Lamberson, Susan Larson, Sue Ledford, Cindy Lindsey (Secretary), Starli McDowell, Denna Shelton, Yolanda Sommer, Brenda Sparks, and Teaky Tollison.
The Community Foundation is a nonprofit serving eighteen counties in Western North Carolina. The Foundation is a permanent regional resource that facilitated $18.9 million in charitable giving last year. CFWNC inspires philanthropy and mobilizes resources to enrich lives and communities in Western North Carolina.
CFWNC supports the growth of its affiliate funds to extend the benefits of philanthropy across the region. To learn more about The Community Foundation, call 828-254-4960 or visit
For more information about The Fund for Mitchell County, contact Advisory Board Chair Dr. Daniel Barron at or 828-284-1914.

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