Helping those in need in Avery County, N.C.

Community Stories

The High Country Charitable Foundation awards grants to organizations making a difference in the Avery County community. Here are some of their success stories.

The Avery County Humane Society recently (in 2020) placed a rescue dog named “Tank” with an organization in Illinois that, after hearing his story, fell in love with him. The co-director of the rescue is going to foster Thank for at least six months and have a trainer work with him during this time. Then she will either decide to keep Tank or the organization will try to find the right home to adopt him. “Our staff has done an amazing job with Tank and we will all be keeping him in our hearts and prayers hoping that his new home is the chance at life that he so deserves,” said Gwynne Dwyer, Executive Director of Avery County Human Society.

Watch a Short Video of Tank

Yellow Mountain Enterprises is an HCCF grant recipient. The 2015 grant award helped them to purchase a new van. Their old van had more than 289,000 miles on it!  Yellow Mountain Enterprises is an adult day vocational program and operates under the umbrella of Avery Association for Exceptional Citizens. AAEC is a 501-C3 Non-profit organization for developmentally disabled adults. AAEC also operates the Avery County Group Home, an adult supervised living facility.

IMG_3159Avery High Key Club officers Veronica Clark (left) Alexis Hayes (middle) Allison Gregory (right) spent all of December 12th filling “Operation Christmas Child” shoeboxes with small Christmas gifts for needy children throught the world.  The High Country Charitable Foundation awarded a 2015 grant for “enhanced leadership skills” to help these student leaders grow and develop.
Humane Society picHarris give ACHS new leash

By Garrett Price, Avery Journal (photo credit: Garrett Price)

“There is something missing at Avery County Humane Society. It takes a minute to place it. The shelter is full of dogs and cats and even a pair of rabbits, all of that is in order. It’s the smell, or rather, the lack of one. If anything, there is vaguely pleasant aroma that settles over a tour of the shelter. For new ACHS Executive Director Susan Harris and shelter manager Charlene Calhoun, that is a point of pride.” (read the entire article here)

Feeding Avery Families article photo“Feeding families is what we do…”
By Garrett Price, Avery Journal

“John Cox bounds around Feeding Avery Family’s downtown Newland office shaking hands and making small talk. He is excited, and he has good reason to be. The nonprofit recently was the recipient of a large grant from Food Lion to the tune of $4,000, in addition to $4,000 in food donations.” (read the entire article here)

DSCN3673John Cox, President of Feeding Avery Families, and Reagan Dellinger, Avery High Key Club member, join forces on September 12, 2015 for the Empty Bowls event in Banner Elk. As a fundraising event, Empty Bowls symbolically helps fill empty bowls for the hungry in Avery County. Participants purchase handmade clay bowls and dine on donated soups made by members of local churches. Both Feeding Avery Families and the Avery High Key Club were granted 2015 awards by the High Country Charitable Foundation.
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Celebrating the Avery High Key Club

by Gene Ormond and Jim Swinkola / Avery Journal

“In the heart of Avery County, a group of adolescents is joining hands to make the community a better place. Last year, more than 4,000 volunteer hours enhanced local gatherings, festivals and events. In addition to “giving,” members of this group benefit from “getting.” The getting comes in the form of leadership development. Each meeting starts with a pledge: ”I pledge to build my home, school and community; to serve my nation and God; and to combat all forces which tend to undermine these institutions.” (Read the whole story here)

Read more about the Avery High Key Club below (and here).

AHS Award Winning Key Club

2015 AHS Key Club Conference Reps

Why We Do What We Do

Watch our new video about the mission and purpose of the High Country Charitable Foundation.

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Grants

The goal of the Foundation is to support local Avery County charitable services.

2021 grant applications are now closed.

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Annual Dinner Dance Fundraiser


HCCF holds an annual Dinner Dance Fundraiser each summer at Elk River Club in Banner Elk, NC. 2021 marks our SEVENTH year serving Avery County! We look forward to many more.

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Philanthropy at Work: WAMY Community Action

Thanks to a grant partnership between AMYWF and the The High Country Charitable Foundation, Inc., WAMY served over 150 students in their Avery County After-School Program during the 2020-2021 school year. Through this program, WAMY provided a safe and enriching place for children to be after-school and provided these children and families with a variety of educational opportunities each day. WAMY’s after school program assisted students at Newland Elementary, Cranberry/Freedom Trail, and Riverside Elementary, with homework, social skill-building, as well as social enrichment activities. WAMY was also able to partner with the school system to provide a free meal for children each day.

In addition to the daily after-school activities, WAMY met the needs of the children and their families beyond the program. Some of their efforts this past year included delivering food and educational support activities to the families when school was not in session due to COVID, delivering Thanksgiving meals to all of the families this past November, and hosting collaborative family events that connected families with other community agencies. Delivering the food and activity boxes to each of the after-school students was an amazing way for WAMY to stay connected to families during COVID-19. WAMY also provided families with full meal kits, enrichment activities, and do overall ‘well checks’ on children in the program.

Many parents stated in their end-of-year parent survey that without after-school in Avery County, they would have to quit their jobs to be able to supervise their children during after-school hours. Studies show that most juvenile crime and delinquent behavior happens between the hours of 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. After-school programs such as WAMY’s, assist families with childcare while also providing positive role models, healthy meals, and educational opportunities to all children in our care. After-school serves children from many different ethnicities, income levels, and education levels. No matter who the child is and what their family may be struggling with, after-school provides a safe space for children to share their emotions, thoughts, and opinions as well as help them grow their social skills.

AMY Wellness Foundation is grateful to both The High Country Charitable Foundation and WAMY for their support of children in the community.
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Philanthropy at Work: WAMY Community Action

Thanks to a grant partnership between AMYWF and the The High Country Charitable Foundation, Inc., WAMY served over 150 students in their Avery County After-School Program during the 2020-2021 school year. Through this program, WAMY provided a safe and enriching place for children to be after-school and provided these children and families with a variety of educational opportunities each day. WAMY’s after school program assisted students at Newland Elementary, Cranberry/Freedom Trail, and Riverside Elementary, with homework, social skill-building, as well as social enrichment activities.  WAMY was also able to partner with the school system to provide a free meal for children each day.

In addition to the daily after-school activities, WAMY met the needs of the children and their families beyond the program. Some of their efforts this past year included delivering food and educational support activities to the families when school was not in session due to COVID, delivering Thanksgiving meals to all of the families this past November, and hosting collaborative family events that connected families with other community agencies.  Delivering the food and activity boxes to each of the after-school students was an amazing way for WAMY to stay connected to families during COVID-19. WAMY also provided families with full meal kits, enrichment activities, and do overall ‘well checks’ on children in the program. 

Many parents stated in their end-of-year parent survey that without after-school in Avery County, they would have to quit their jobs to be able to supervise their children during after-school hours. Studies show that most juvenile crime and delinquent behavior happens between the hours of 3:00 and 6:00 p.m.  After-school programs such as WAMY’s, assist families with childcare while also providing positive role models, healthy meals, and educational opportunities to all children in our care. After-school serves children from many different ethnicities, income levels, and education levels. No matter who the child is and what their family may be struggling with, after-school provides a safe space for children to share their emotions, thoughts, and opinions as well as help them grow their social skills. 

AMY Wellness Foundation is grateful to both The High Country Charitable Foundation and WAMY for their support of children in the community.
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