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WCMA 2018 Grantees
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When awarding grants, our primary focus is on providing basic needs for the under-served in our community. Our secondary focus is on the arts and education. This year our grant fund will:


- Support life skills education and programming at Steadfast House, a transitional housing facility for homeless women and children. Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry

Awarded: $20,000   Requested: $20,000   Sponsor: Nancy Thompson

This request received matching funds.

- Provide low-income families free, quality legal assistance to stop domestic abuse and family violence; prevent homelessness and stabilize housing; secure health care and benefits; obtain food and income assistance. Pisgah Legal Services

Awarded: $20,000   Requested: $20,000   Sponsor: Pete Friedt and Billy Solmson

This request received matching funds.

- Fund "Women Do Good Works!" - a new opportunity for homeless women to participate in a work program. Church of the Advocate

Awarded: $19,500   Requested: $20,000   Sponsor: Bill Dockendorf

- Purchase food and supplies for Downtown Welcome Table meals served twice each week at Haywood Street Congregation to hundreds of individuals who are struggling in poverty and/or experiencing homelessness. Haywood Street Congregation

Awarded: $19,500   Requested: $20,000   Sponsor: Rick Guthy

- Fund new staff members to lead year-round, out-of-school programs for at-risk youth in Henderson County. Boys and Girls Club of Henderson County

Awarded: $16,000   Requested: $20,000   Sponsor: Dianeice Eldridge

- Support the critical services provided for people experiencing homelessness at the agency's AHOPE Day Center in downtown Asheville. Homeward Bound of WNC

Awarded: $16,000   Requested: $20,000   Sponsor: Roseann Cioce

- Purchase wholesale food for meal preparation for homebound seniors in Buncombe County. Meals on Wheels of Asheville and Buncombe County

Awarded: $16,000   Requested: $20,000   Sponsor: Kevin O'Connor

- Provide clothing and shoes for nearly 550 students in need. Eblen Charities

Awarded: $15,900   Requested: $20,000   Sponsor: Susan Ableidinger

- Support MANNA Packs, providing critical nutrition for children in need to bridge the gap when they do not have access to a school lunch. MANNA FoodBank

Awarded: $15,900   Requested: $20,000   Sponsor: Sierra Paturalski

- Support the Diabetes Wellness and Prevention Program, offering self-management education and support in order to prevent the onset and/or encourage the management of diabetes, particularly for the most vulnerable community members. YWCA

Awarded: $15,900   Requested: $20,000   Sponsor: Robin Sipos

- Fund: hot lunches for students, equipment for their STEM program, upgrade playground equipment to comply with the NC State Healthy Active Children policy, and a pottery project. Avery's Creek Elementary School

Awarded: $15,700   Requested: $20,000   Sponsor: Julia Peterson

- Fund "Upskill WNC" - focused on hard-to-employ adults as they exit the criminal justice system. AB Tech

Awarded: $14,500   Requested: $15,000   Sponsor: Bob Irelan

- Sponsor five local veterans on a 5-day Back Country Expedition in western North Carolina. No Barriers

Awarded: $12,000   Requested: $20,000   Sponsor: Peter Champagne

- Fund the increase in demand for diapers and food for low income families. Society of St. Vincent DePaul - Barnabas Church

Awarded: $9,700   Requested: $10,000   Sponsor: Bob May

- Subsidize the cost of delivering physical activity-based positive youth development program for 3rd through 8th grade students to 85 girls in the Roberson school district. Girls on the Run of WNC

Awarded: $9,600   Requested: $12,000   Sponsor: Jane Maxwell

- Support two of the core elements of Flat Rock Playhouse's education initiatives - Studio 52 Family Programming and the Apprentice Program. Flat Rock Theater Vagabond School of Drama

Awarded: $8,000   Requested: $20,000   Sponsor: John Maxwell

- Support a number of programs for students, including Scholastic Arts Awards and Summer Art Camp. Asheville Art Museum

Awarded: $7,900   Requested: $20,000   Sponsor: Carolyn Coward

- Support their innovative "Project EXPLORE" - a youth education program. North Carolina Arboretum Society

Awarded: $7,900   Requested: $20,000   Sponsor: A. Stout

- Support Leadership UNCA - a two credit course for 20 sophomore students beginning in Fall 2019; the course is taught in a unique partnership between UNC Asheville's Leadership Asheville program, The Career Center, and the Student Affairs division. UNC Asheville

Awarded: $6,600   Requested: $16,500   Sponsor: Donna Bailey

- Provide and maintain art tables for pediatric patients and family members at Mission Children's Hospital. Arts for Life

Awarded: $6,000   Requested: $10,000   Sponsor: Jan Friedt

- Support hands-on workshop experiences in ceramics, painting, drawing, music, dance, poetry, weaving, textiles, and mixed media for veterans and their families. Asheville Area Arts Council

Awarded: $6,000   Requested: $10,000   Sponsor: Bill Dorfman

- Support free on-site and mobile educational workshops, professional performances, and inter-generational programs for those who experience barriers to attending traditional on-site programming. North Carolina Stage Company

Awarded: $5,900   Requested: $14,850   Sponsor: Bill Dorfman

- Purchase 4 new Vital Sign monitors for Cancer and Infusion Center patients. Park Ridge Health

Awarded: $5,500   Requested: $14,000   Sponsor: Peter Champagne

- Develop a fine arts program that will broaden their students' exposure to the arts, such as music, art, and theater. New City Christian School

Awarded: $4,800   Requested: $8,000   Sponsors: Paul and Sharon Malone

- Fund the Watershed Education Program, which is focused on getting students in their local streams and rivers to help them understand how these ecosystems operate. RiverLink

Awarded: $4,800   Requested: $12,000   Sponsor: Buck Bragg

- Support the Concertmaster Studio Program of BMC within the institute's arts and education programming. Brevard Music Center

Awarded: $3,900   Requested: $20,000   Sponsor: Katie Loeb-Schwab

- Serve children from our neighboring Estes Elementary School. Bridges Reading Enrichment Program

Awarded: $3,000   Requested: $5,000   Sponsor: Sandi Heckman

- Support the Safety Net Program that provides support for people that need help caring for their pets. Asheville Humane Society

Awarded: $2,000   Requested:$5,000   Sponsor: Elaine and Gerry McGuire

- Support Garrick Ohlsson's youth educational and outreach component of the 2019 Asheville Amadeus Festival. Asheville Symphony Society

Awarded: $2,000   Requested: $10,000   Sponsor: Cary Findlay

- Support an intensive after school music program, which is in its fifth year and currently serves 75 students at Hall Fletcher Elementary in Asheville. MusicWorks Asheville

Awarded: $2,000   Requested: $5,000   Sponsor: Cary Findlay

- Support the UNC Asheville summer Piano Camp, a one week, non-resident day camp for local middle and high school students at intermediate and advanced levels of piano. UNC Asheville Foundation

Awarded: $2,000   Requested: $13,185   Sponsors: Donna Bailey and Jeannie Graham

- Present Handel's "Messiah" in its entirety in two events. Asheville Symphony Chorus

Awarded: $1,500   Requested: $7,500   Sponsor: Ed Eudy

- Support the Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestra's finale concert. Asheville Symphony Society

Awarded: $1,000   Requested: $5,000   Sponsor: Cary Findlay

- Support Music in the Schools, a program to introduce 3rd and 4th grade students to classical music. Asheville Symphony Guild

Awarded: $1,000   Requested: $5,000   Sponsor: Gayle Hanley

- Support the Home-Grower Programs division, which serves as the education outreach and public awareness branch of OGS, specifically for backyard and homestead growers in urban, suburban, and rural settings. Organic Growers School

Awarded: $1,000   Requested: $15,000   Sponsors: Bob and Kara Turner

- Support "Learning Live!" - an arts-based curriculum program designed to address the North Carolina's Standard Course of Study for K-12 students. Western Carolina University Bardo Arts Center

Awarded: $1,000   Requested: $2,700   Sponsors: Joan MacNeill and Koni Findlay