Grant Recipients


Mission: To provide quality, thoughtful, loving care to our patients and support to their families and offer education and grief support to communities served. The only Nonprofit organization with hospice care and support to those in need in Avery and surrounding counties.

Avery Association for Exceptional Citizens: “Yellow Mtn”

Mission: The mission of the Avery Association for Exceptional Citizens is to provide vocational, educational, residential, support services, and social opportunities to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities living in Avery County.

Avery County Habitat for Humanity

Mission: Habitat for Humanity partners with people in Avery’s community, and all over the world, to help them build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage.

Avery Humane Society

Mission: Avery Humane Society is a 501c3 non-profit charitable organization. Our mission is to respond humanely to the needs of animals in Avery County. Our shelter can house approximately 95 animals and had more than 600 adoptions in 2022. We also help reunite more than 100 lost pets with their owners each year.

Banner Elk Book Exchange

Mission: We are a community-based, volunteer-run book exchange for Banner Elk and Avery County, operating on a “bring a book, take a book” policy. We bring books and people together.

Banner Elk Fire & Rescue Foundation

Mission: We are dedicated to protecting life and property in the Banner Elk Fire District, including the communities of Banner Elk, Sugar Mountain, Elk River, Diamond Creek, Eagle’s Nest, Tynecastle, The Farm, Balm, and Lees-McRae College. Our team of volunteers respond to calls 24 hours a day.

Blue Ridge Partnership for Children

Mission: Welcome to the Blue Ridge Partnership for Children! We serve families, children & parents in Avery, Mitchell, and Yancey counties. We encourage you to take advantage of all the great resources, training sessions, and special events we offer each year.

Community Care Clinic

Mission: Mission of High Country Community Health is to provide quality, patient centered, culturally appropriate, affordable and compassionate care that serves the whole person.

Ensemble Stage

Mission: Our mission is to inspire, challenge and nurture the imagination and social skills of youths and adults through performances and theater based educational programs.

Feeding Avery Families

Mission: Feeding Avery Families (FAF) is a non-profit Christian organization in Avery County NC dedicated to eliminating hunger by any means possible including monetary donations, volunteerism, or food donations. Our Food Pantry serves the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain towns of Newland, Banner Elk, Beech Mountain, Sugar Mountain, Crossnore, Linville and Elk Park – providing enough food for 400,000+ meals in 2022.

Grandfather Mtn. Stewardship Foundation

Mission: Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was formed in 2009 to operate the prudently developed 700-acre portion that includes the Mile High Swinging Bridge, Wilson Center for Nature Discovery, hiking trails, Wildlife Habitats and much more.

High Country Caregivers

Mission: High Country Caregivers offers comprehensive whole-family care to empower caregivers who take on the responsibility of caring for a relative or friend’s child. We work to keep children out of foster care and group homes allowing them to remain with families that love them. Through a variety of programs and your support, High Country Caregivers works along side kinship caregivers to help them improve the lives of these children.

Hill Learning Center

Mission: Hill Learning Center’s mission is to transform students with learning differences into confident, independent learners. Named in honor of our founder George Watts Hill, Hill Learning Center began as a program of Durham Academy, becoming an independent nonprofit in 1998.

Hill’s vision is that all students with learning differences and attention challenges receive the instruction and support they need – regardless of where they attend school or whether they have a formal diagnosis.


Holston Center

Mission: Since 1955, Holston has hosted summer camps in North Carolina for kids seeking refuge from the seasonal heat and a sanctuary for spiritual, mental, and physical growth. Now, as a year-round facility, we welcome groups of any faith to respond to a higher calling and join together in the wooded mountains of Holston Camp and Retreat Center in Banner Elk, North Carolina.

Hospitality House of Northwest NC

Mission: Hospitality House, a regional nonprofit homeless services agency, works in seven rural North Carolina counties (Watauga, Wilkes, Ashe, Avery, Alleghany, Mitchell, Yancey) providing housing, shelter, hunger relief, homeless prevention, street outreach, counseling and crisis assistance. Since 1984, the mission of Hospitality House has been to rebuild lives and strengthen community by providing a safe, nurturing, healthy environment in which individuals and families experiencing homelessness and poverty-related crises are equipped to become self-sufficient and productive.

Hunger & Health Coalition

Mission: Helping to feed those in need in the High Country. We provide food and medicines to communities in the Avery and Watauga Counties.

Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk Foundation

Mission: Our mission is improving the world, children, and our local community which includes supplying local school kids with books to read through our Reading is Fundamental program. Kiwanis of Banner Elk is dedicated to helping the youth in our community. Over the past 40 years we have given out over a million dollars in grants to help organizations that focus on the youth. With the Woolly Worm festival every third weekend in October, our Duck Races in July and other events. We are blessed with the opportunity to help our local community.

Lees McRae

Mission: The Dan and Dianne May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is situated adjacent to the Elk River on the campus of Lees-McRae. The Center annually admits more than 1,500 injured and orphaned wildlife patients from the western part of North Carolina. Some of these patients are orphans who have lost a parent or left the nest too soon. Others have
suffered more severe injuries that require complex medical, surgical, and rehabilitative care. In every case, each patient is evaluated individually and a suitable treatment plan is determined. Regardless of species, staff, and students aim to provide outstanding care for every patient that comes through the doors.

LIFE Village

Mission: With picturesque views of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Life Care Center of Banner Elk is the perfect choice for individuals in need of short-term rehabilitation, long-term care or post-operative recovery. Focusing on inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation with 24-hour skilled nursing care, Life Care Center of Banner Elk’s in-house team of therapists and nurses uses state-of-the-art therapy equipment to tailor care for each resident and

Linville Volunteer Fire Department

Mission: Linville Vol. Fire Department has proudly been serving and protecting the citizens of Avery County NC.

Mediation & Restorative Justice Center

Mission: To reduce the physical, emotional, and financial harm caused by unresolved conflict, litigation, and incarceration by providing mediation, alternative sentencing, and other restorative processes that increase respect, peace, productivity, and safety in our communities.

Mountain Alliance for Teens

Mission: Mountain Alliance provides transformative experiences and support to all Avery and Watauga teenagers, regardless of means or background. Through volunteer service, challenging outdoor adventure, cultural outings, after school academic support and mentorship, we strive to unlock the leadership potential present in every teen. Our partnerships with Avery and Watauga County Schools help students achieve success in school, graduate, dream big and achieve their goals as they become the next leaders in our community.


Mission: Oasis is dedicated to ending domestic and sexual violence in Watauga and Avery Counties, North Carolina. We provide a safe haven for those who are victims of domestic and sexual violence. Through our dedicated staff, educational programs and community outreach; we are committed to working with our communities to create a safe space that believes, uplifts, supports, and respects all survivors.

Parent to Parent Family Support Network

Mission: Parent to Parent Family Support NetworkTM – High Country provides free support, caring connections, information, and hope to families who have a premature baby, a child with a disability, an emotional or behavioral challenge, a mental illness, a chronic health condition or to families who are grieving the death of a child.
We provide information to help families see the possibilities for their children, and tools so that they can turn that potential into reality.

Pisgah Legal Services

Mission: Pisgah Legal Services seeks to pursue justice by providing legal assistance and advocacy to help low-income people in Western North Carolina meet their basic needs and improve their lives.

Reaching Avery Ministry (RAM)

Mission: RAM has been in existence for 39 years serving those in need in Avery County. We help families with food, clothing, furniture, household items, crisis situations, and emergency financial assistance. The RAM’s Rack Thrift Store helps to make this possible.

Spirit Ride Therapeutic Riding Center

Mission: To provide children with a wide array of diagnoses, and the opportunity to learn, grow and strive to become their ideal selves through equine-assisted services.S pirit Ride is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that serves children ages 3-17 in Western North Carolina. All clients must be referred by a community professional.

The Jason Project, Inc /”The Grandfather Project”

Mission: The “flagship” program of The Jason Project is “The
Grandfather Challenge,” consisting of four major weekly hikes along the rigorous trails of Grandfather Mountain in Linville, NC. The underlying goal of “The Grandfather Challenge” program is to use the adventure of mountain hiking and climbing, coupled with the leadership skills of experienced mentors and hike leaders, to teach at-risk kids that through perseverance and commitment, they can overcome their unique challenges in life.

WAMY Community Action

Mission: Breaking the cycle of poverty by partnering with families and communities to provide the disadvantaged with the support and tools they need to become self-sufficient. Community Action remains an important safety net for many vulnerable individuals and families through helping to provide shelter, food, and family support.

Western Youth Network – Avery Mentoring Program

Mission: WYN’s mission is to transform the High Country
community by nurturing and empowering our children to live healthy, engaged, and fulfilled lives. WYN is committed to providing a safe space for all, regardless of race, gender, age, religion, identity, ability, and experience. Together, we explore diverse perspectives to propel our initiatives forward and transform the High Country community.

Williams YMCA of Avery County

Mission: The Y programs, activities and relationships teach and model Christian values—caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, and faith are evident in all that we do. The Y is community-centered. For 14 years, we’ve been listening and responding to our community.
The Y brings people together. We connect people of all ages and backgrounds to bridge the gaps in community needs.