Stories about the amazing work our partners are doing in our communities
In 2018, ALFA started the Foothills Area Harm Reduction Mission (the Farm). It began distributing syringes, injection supplies, naloxone and other items and services to reduce drug use harm. In 2020, the Farm provided 400 services to Burke County residents.
Babies Need Bottoms (BNB) was established in 2017 as the only diaper bank to serve socially and economically vulnerable families in WNC. By providing families with no-cost access to diapers, baby wipes, and infant care supplies, BNB fills a gap in the social safety net as there are no public assistance programs to help families meet this need.
BeLoved Asheville seeks to cultivate a transformational way of life rooted in community, creativity and equity. They bring together Black, Indigenous, Latinx, People of Color and people of low wealth to create innovative solutions to challenging problems.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina works to make a difference by one-on-one mentoring. Volunteers meet with the children and teens they are paired with for several hours, two to three times per month.
Blue Ridge Health provides a robust slate of medical services to the Western North Carolina community, offering everything from medical and dental services to behavioral health, nutrition and school-based programs. Blue Ridge Health has evolved and grown over time, but its mission has remained steadfast – to provide quality healthcare that is accessible and affordable for all.
Bountiful Cities was founded in 2000 with the mission to create robust urban agricultural spaces. Partnering with community groups to focus on dialogue, trust, and community needs, Bountiful Cities’ programs emphasize social justice, access to education, sustainability, and economic viability.
In the summer of 2020, the Boys & Girls Club of Henderson County served nearly 250 members. Members benefited from several programs including the summer academic support program, Brain Gain. The Boys and Girls Club prides itself in mentoring its members to do well for themselves academically and their neighbors in the community.
Today’s Transylvania Boys & Girls Club is a hub of activity with kids coming from nine area schools. The Club serves kids from kindergarten through 12th grade. They offer a host of activities to engage the kids and to promote life-long learning, from academic success programs and character development to nutrition classes and physical activity.
The Buncombe County Post Overdose Response Team (PORT) addresses critical gaps in care for substance use and other medically-assisted treatment (MAT) programs in Asheville.
Burke Recovery helps adolescents and adults in Burke County with substance use prevention and treatment. They also serve the community by staffing and handling daily operations of the Burke Substance Abuse Network (BSAN), a coalition of providers, support groups, related agencies and other stakeholders who network, identify service gaps and conduct strategic planning to reduce substance misuse.
In 2018, ALFA started the Foothills Area Harm Reduction Mission (the Farm). It began distributing syringes, injection supplies, naloxone and other items and services to reduce drug use harm. The need has grown, especially in Burke County. In 2020, despite COVID-19 restrictions that limited mobile services, the Farm provided 400 services to Burke County residents. Staff also provide educational and HIV/HepC screening services at several Burke organizations, including the correctional facility. The need for syringe access, harm reduction services and a link to HepC/HIV care in Burke County is great, and Dogwood has partnered with the Farm to support their work in this area.
The Buncombe County Post Overdose Response Team (PORT) addresses critical gaps in care for substance use and other medically-assisted treatment (MAT) programs in Asheville. A diverse mix of professionals makes up the team, including community paramedics, peer support specialists, mental health clinicians and program managers. By partnering with Dogwood, the PORT expanded its services to provide mobile Suboxone administration twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, and a front-line bridge to care, providing medications to keep patients compliant with their opioid recovery until they can be seen by their regular providers or resume their recovery program.