Stories about the amazing work our partners are doing in our communities.
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.
In the summer of 2020, the Boys & Girls Club 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.
C.A.R.E. identified the Rural Communities Opioid Response – Planning grant available from the Health Resource and Services Administration. C.A.R.E. realized they would be an ideal fit, especially since they had already formed a committee and had the necessary data at the ready.
Through its flagship publication, Hola Carolina magazine, the organization shares critical information and news for Spanish-speaking communities in ten WNC counties. Hola also operates programs that celebrate cultural diversity with educational and outreach activities through Hola Community Arts.
From providing minor repairs to the homes of low-income residents to packaging financing for lower-income homebuyers, to constructing affordable housing for those in the workforce, HAC ensures that people have safe and stable housing that forms the foundation for healthy and productive lives.
Since 1978, Pisgah Legal Services has been providing legal assistance and advocacy to help low-income people in Western North Carolina meet their basic needs and improve their lives. In 2020, a grant from Dogwood Health Trust helped PLS reach out to many who had lost health insurance due to lost employment, allowing those without coverage to take advantage of a small window of opportunity to enroll in coverage.
Built on faith and a tradition of service, RUMC has become the go-to partner for organizations looking to improve lives. “We do a lot of the heavy social lifting in the community,” says Pastor Eric Reece. “We help because our faith calls us to.”