In 2000, a crisis in accessibility of services occurred following the closings of two mental health facilities that served Western North Carolina’s uninsured and under-insured. These closings limited the population being served to those with severe, persistent, and chronic mental illnesses, or to those who qualified for Medicaid. The vast majority of the uninsured or under-insured – those with problems such as depression, anxiety, post-partum depression, post-traumatic stress disorder or bipolar disorder that can be successfully treated without intensive case management or in-patient hospitalization - were left with nowhere to turn. In response, All Souls Counseling Center was created to meet the community needs. Visit Website
Linked below are those organizations which were awarded All Souls Outreach Grants for 2017. Click here for more information on our outreach committee and annual grant cycle.
Arts For Life is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting people facing serious illnesses and disabilities. By providing educational art programs, we enrich patient’s lives, nurture their minds and spirits, and encourage positive healthcare experiences for children and their families. We currently help children in four chapter communities across North Carolina. Visit Website
Through the ministry of accompaniment API will, in partnership with those on the margins, develop opportunities for education and advocacy. These opportunities will foster mutual relationships across socioeconomic boundaries deconstructing the divisive and misleading categories of the "haves" and "have nots." Together we will bear witness to an alternative community built on the truth that each person is created in the Divine Image and is needed to experience the commonwealth of God. Visit Website
AWITSC is a 501-(c)(3) non-profit organization which connects working writers with students, teachers, and community members to foster critical literacy skills, confident imaginations, and equitable relationships.
Writing is an integral part of literacy. Writing and reading go hand-in-hand. Studies show that literacy programs must include a writing component for ongoing student success.
Not only do students need to write across the curriculum, they can apply the skills learned from writing to math and science and social sciences. For example, the skills of observation and description are key in many of the biological sciences; understanding cause and effect in narrative gives a window into physics; the understanding of meter, rhythm and poetic constraints helps to lift up mathematical concepts; an understanding of how character, setting and situation impact each other in a story prepares a student to understand the complexity inherent in social studies. Visit Website
Aurora Studio & Gallery is a program in Asheville, North Carolina that has been offering classes to artists in recovery since the summer of 2013. The studio collaborates with local artists and healing arts instructors in our community in order to offer a collective art space for artists affected by mental health needs, homelessness and/or addiction (who are in early stages of their recovery). The studio provides artists with the space and art supplies to explore their personal creativity, which they could not otherwise obtain or afford. The integrative structure and community support provided by Aurora Studio & Gallery enables artists to heal, grow and thrive. Visit Website
The all-volunteer Pantry is open on Saturday mornings to serve upwards of 100 families, or 400 individuals. In addition to providing food, Calvary offers blood pressure screenings by a registered nurse, professional diet and food preparation counseling, and transportation to the pantry as needed. With the assistance of MANNA personnel, Calvary offers food-stamp applications and use, as well as participating in a government food program (TEFAP). Grants from All Souls have enabled Calvary to purchase refrigerators and computers to support the expanding growth of the Pantry’s services, and the purchase of food and personal care items. Visit Website
Casting Carolinas is an independent 501 c 3 organization that began in Jan 2015. The Board of Directors and staff of Casting Carolinas are composed of volunteers who have conducted successful retreat weekends for the past 13 years for the organization Casting for Recovery. Casting Carolinas was founded so that this unique program, which combines fly fishing instruction with medical education and support, could be offered to a wide variety of women surviving cancer. Our program is committed to working with local communities across North and South Carolina to make retreats possible for all survivors. Understanding that some women are not able to attend a Three-day Retreat, we have designed a program that also includes One-day Retreats and activities.
All Casting Carolinas’ retreats and events are staffed by volunteers who are experienced, skilled professionals. Our staff are trained to work with survivors and dedicated to providing a retreat experience that enhances quality of life. We don’t just teach fly-fishing. We teach the skills that can help women deal more effectively with the emotional challenges of cancer survivorship. All Casting Carolinas alumnae become part of a support network and have the opportunity to participate in on-going gatherings and event. Visit Website
Casting for Hope is a 501(c)(3) charity fly-fishing event. CFH's mission is to attend to the financial, emotional, and spiritual needs of women living with ovarian or gynecological cancers in western North Carolina, fill the gaps for these female cancer groups, and nurture women and their families during their journey by presenting a network of related resources. Visit Website
Children First/Communities In Schools (CIS) is a local non-profit committed to advocating and empowering children and families living in poverty. This is achieved through education and direct services such as the Family Resource Center at Emma, our after-school Learning Centers, Project POWER/AmeriCorps, and Student Support Specialists in Emma, Claxton & Johnston & Estes Elementary School and Eblen Intermediate.
In addition to direct services, Children First/CIS engages in public policy advocacy campaigns to build opportunity for children and families. In response to the growing incidence of child poverty, Children First/CIS created The Success Equation, which unites community to reduce and prevent the incidence of poverty and its impact on children in Buncombe County.
Children First’s mission is to empower children and their families to reach their full potential through advocacy, education and services. The mission of Communities In Schools is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Visit Website
Christians for a United Community [CUC] is an interdenominational, multi-ethnic organization of churches, lay people and clergy who share a common commitment to Jesus and His vision of justice, peace, reconciliation and non-violent social change. Started in 2003 as a non profit organization, we address the root causes of racism and racial disparity through policy advocacy on issues of racial justice, dismantling racism workshops and trainings, and inter-racial relationship building. Visit Website
We are a nonprofit in Buncombe County that provides services to individuals ages 60 and older. Trust the Council on Aging of Buncombe County to provide personal, caring support and to assist you with the challenges of growing older. At the Council on Aging of Buncombe County you will find referrals and help. Whether you are learning the Medicare system, looking for services to help you stay healthy and independent at home, or need support in taking care of others, the Council on Aging of Buncombe County can help you to make the right connections. Visit Website
Eliada’s vision is to provide an optimal learning environment that empowers children and their families to succeed. We envision a world where children’s needs are met in a caring environment. To make this vision a reality, Eliada provides community-responsive, need-oriented care and support for children and families in crisis without regard to race, religion, or national origin. Programs are designed to address the physical, social, emotional, educational and spiritual needs of those in care. Services are offered within the context of the family whenever possible and by residential treatment when necessary. Each year, we care for over five hundred children. Visit Website
A Guardian ad Litem (GAL) is a child’s advocate in Court. Volunteers are appointed by a District Court Judge to protect the best interests of children who have been alleged abused and/or neglected. The volunteer learns as much as possible about the child’s current living situation including placement, school, visitation and therapy, and meets with people who are involved in the child’s life. The Judge in turn uses this information to determine how to protect each child from further harm. The volunteer GAL works with the appointed GAL attorney to protect the child’s legal rights and to promote the best interests of the child. GALs are a diverse group of people from various educational, economic and ethnic backgrounds. The Buncombe County Guardian ad Litem Program offers a 30-hour training to ensure that volunteers are ready to carry out their role as an informed and knowledgeable child advocate. Most volunteers spend four to six hours per month on the child’s case. While the role of a GAL is official, it is flexible. Every GAL is backed up by a staff supervisor. Visit Website
Hands and Feet of Asheville is a year long, progressive, Ecumenical Christian service program for young adults to pursue their passions, serve others, build community, and explore faith. Throughout the year, participants clarify their own sense of meaning and purpose and discern their sense of call through direct service at a local non-profit, living in intentional community, and reflecting on their experiences. Volunteers leave the year with concrete skills and inspiration for a lifetime of caring.
We are shifting the focus from doing mission to being in mission with others.
We believe that transformational mission is most often experienced through relationships; therefore Hands and Feet of Asheville is working with young adults to create an opportunity for building meaningful relationships with God, with the world, and with one another.
Through direct service, intentional community, and theological reflection, we aim to cultivate a sense of meaning and purpose that is informed by faith and is carried on for a lifetime. Visit Website
The Downtown Welcome Table rests on the assumption that food is a primary means of grace, a way to love and connect. Lunch is served every Wednesday and dinner every Sunday to hundreds of downtown siblings, a homemade meal served by a wait staff on abundant plates. Never intending to be a soup kitchen or feeding line, we want our meal to be a crossroads of diverse community, a gathering of disparate folks, a fork and spoon invitation to prince and pauper alike. People who might not otherwise come to know each other develop a friendship over a shared meal. Visit Website
Heart of Horse Sense was founded to support quality, professional equine services for Veterans, their families and At-Risk Youth. Our vision is that every veteran and at-risk youth get access to the therapeutic opportunities horses offer. There are many wonderful ways that horses support growth and healing, and it's important that those services be offered in an ethical & safe manner, by well-trained and qualified professionals (both horses and humans). Too often programs with good intentions don't have the ability or the experience to offer the services our veterans and youth deserve. Heart of Horse Sense fills the need to screen equine service providers in Western North Carolina and the surrounding area to meet the specific and unique needs of Veterans and At-Risk Youth. Visit Website
Helpmate provides emergency shelter, counseling, child and family advocacy, court advocacy, educational and support groups, community education and professional trainings. Visit Website
Homeward Bound of WNC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency working in Buncombe and Henderson Counties. We end homelessness by moving people into permanent housing and providing the support that they need to stay there. Our mission is working with others to end the cycle of homelessness.
Homeward Bound began in 1988 as Hospitality House, opening its doors to serve the growing homeless population through long-term emergency shelter. In 2006, Hospitality House became Homeward Bound of WNC, and shifted its focus from managing homelessness with shelter to ending homelessness with permanent housing, utilizing the best practice model of Housing First.
We’re the community leader in best practices to end homelessness, and have been using the Housing First model since 2006. The Housing First model has been proven to be the most effective, cost-efficient, sustainable, and humane intervention to homelessness. Essentially this means people experiencing homelessness are housed as quickly as possible and offered case management services to provide support and resources to help maintain housing stability. Since 2006, we’ve moved over 1,400 men, women, and children out of cars, camps, and shelters into permanent housing. We have an 89 percent retention rate in housing. Visit Website
The Hope Chest for Women, Inc. was founded in 2003 to relieve some of the burdens created by breast or gynecological cancer treatment costs. We provide resources, referrals, education on cancer prevention, community and financial support. Most importantly we give hope to women in Western North Carolina living with breast or gynecological cancers. We are a 501(c)(3) that offers support, education, referral services and financial assistance to women in all 22 counties of Western North Carolina at risk or diagnosed with breast or gynecologic cancer. We support women living in all 22 counties of WNC and women living outside this area if they are receiving treatment within our service area. Our target population is women diagnosed or at risk for breast and gynecologic cancer. Most women are living in Appalachia, under-insured and having financial difficulties due to the cost of cancer treatment. Visit Website
The Literacy Council of Buncombe County teaches basic reading, writing, and English language skills to adults and children through individual and small group instruction. By working closely with a tutor, our students are able to gain the self-confidence and self-sufficiency they need to achieve their goals. The Literacy Council is a nonprofit organization that has been serving the community since 1987, providing highly individualized tutoring to fit the needs of over 350 students in three programs - Adult Education, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), and the Augustine Project. To learn more, please visit our website at http://litcouncil.com/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We invite all prospective tutors to attend one of our orientation sessions on September 21st, September 22nd, November 2nd, or November 3rd. Visit Website
MANNA FoodBank is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving Western North Carolina since 1983 and an accredited member of Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization. MANNA is located in Asheville, North Carolina on Swannanoa River Road. In 2015 MANNA distributed 15.7 million pounds of food through some 229 community-based food assistance agencies in 16 Western North Carolina counties. Our mission is to involve, educate and unite people in the work of ending hunger in Western North Carolina. Our vision is a hunger-free WNC. Visit Website
The mission of Meals on Wheels of Asheville-Buncombe County is to provide hot, nutritious meals to the elderly homebound, thus allowing them to live in their own homes, among familiar surroundings and maintain their dignity while aging. MOW-ABC operates Monday thru Friday with a 11-member staff and a network of over 300 volunteers. Meal delivery is available to Buncombe County seniors age 60 and older who are homebound, without regard to race, religion, national origin, sex, handicap or ability to pay. Approximately 85% of our operating support comes through private donations from individuals, businesses and foundations, as well as annual fundraising events such as the Polar Bear Plunge and Plate Expectations Charity Auction. MOW-ABC receives 15% of its funding through federal agencies. Our local community does the rest! Visit Website
The Mountain Area Radio Reading Service of Asheville, North Carolina is a radio reading service for individuals who are blind, visually or print impaired. Volunteers read local news and events from the Asheville Citizen-Times, the Mountain Express, the Black Mountain News, the Hendersonville Times-News and the Transylvania Times. Eligible individuals are issued special easy to operate radio units. MARRS local and national programming is on the air 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, streaming online or to those who have received a MARRS radio. Visit Website
Mountain Housing Opportunities is a private, non-profit community development corporation whose mission is to build and improve homes, neighborhoods, communities, and lives, and build hope and dignity in the people we serve. Mountain Housing Opportunities will continue to expand and improve our services to meet the critical needs of Asheville and Buncombe County residents. We know that more than 10,000 Buncombe County households struggle to afford a safe, attractive home in a good neighborhood. Mountain Housing Opportunities serves more than 600 households each year. And builds an average of more than 60 new homes each year. Visit Website
OpenDoors helps students reach their fullest potential through education, enrichment and advocacy, ultimately breaking the cycle of poverty. We envision a strong local community where all children are inspired and educated.
Working in partnership with parents and schools, OpenDoors increases access to mentoring, tutoring, school events, sports and extracurricular activities, summer camp, and other opportunities that allow each child to be successful and feel inspired. OpenDoors’ method is to intentionally work with a small group of students (approximately 50) providing very personalized long-term support. We collaborate with guardians, families, and schools to surround each child with the intensive resources he or she needs to succeed. Each child is provided an individualized plan for enrichment and education, coordinated by a strong network of our trained TeamLeaders, volunteers and educational professionals. The aim of OpenDoors is to promote equity by providing access for children who are growing up in poverty, and who face barriers to educational success. We are united in our commitment to fairness, and we work together as a team to change children’s lives. Visit Website
In the pursuit of a community that is free of sexual violence, Our VOICE serves all individuals in Buncombe County affected by sexual assault and abuse, through counseling, advocacy and education. Our VOICE, Inc. is a non-profit crisis intervention and prevention agency which serves victims of sexual violence, age 13 through adult, in Buncombe County. The agency was founded in 1974 as an all-volunteer grassroots organization. The agency remained underground until August 1983 when we received our 501(c)(3) status as a non-profit agency and the first employee was hired. Now, 40 years and considerable growth later, Our VOICE employs six paid staff and over 50 volunteers, working both to support the healing of survivors of sexual violence and to prevent future acts of sexual violence. Visit Website
Our mission is to offer the people of Western North Carolina affordable pastoral counseling that integrates theological/spiritual insights and behavioral science principles designed to empower healing and growth. All are welcome to enter into professional pastoral counseling that empowers emotional and spiritual growth to strengthen healthy attitudes and behaviors, and all our counselors are affiliated with the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and licensed in their respective fields of mental health. Visit Website
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.
Pisgah Legal Services is an innovative nonprofit law firm founded in 1978 that provides free civil legal aid to people who live in poverty; helps more than 15,000 of the most vulnerable people in our communities annually to meet urgent needs such as: housing, safety from abuse, health care and income; partners with dozens of other agencies to make sustainable change for people in crisis; coordinates the services of more than 300 pro bono attorneys in WNC; and improves systems and policies that impact the lives of thousands of low-income people. Visit Website
Read To Succeed Asheville (R2S) was created in 2009 through the collaboration of community activists and the Asheville Housing Authority. Inspired by the conviction that the achievement gap in Asheville City Schools would have long-term negative consequences for the economic and social fabric of our community, this partnership conceived a program aimed at increasing the number of elementary school children who are reading proficiently by the end of third grade. The program’s mission and goals are based on data indicating that for some groups of Asheville children only 25% to 40% are at reading level by the third grade. This puts them at considerable risk for failure to graduate from high school, juvenile misbehavior, early pregnancy and long-term unemployment. Visit Website
Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry is a team of committed Christian churches, staff and volunteers working together with the community, in response to God's call to provide vital services for our neighbors in need, both residents of the Swannanoa Valley and stranded travelers. In an atmosphere of compassion, love, hope and encouragement we seek to assist those who are experiencing hardship to meet both basic and emergency needs Beyond their immediate relief, we make available a variety of life enhancing opportunities for job placement, job training and educational advancement. Visit Website
Wheels4Hope is a non-profit, faith-based car donation program that turns donated cars into local blessings. Our mission is to provide affordable, reliable transportation to economically vulnerable families and individuals who are referred to us by one of our partner agencies. As an IRS approved 501(c)(3) charitable organization, Wheels4Hope exists only through the contributions of numerous donors, volunteers, congregations and partner businesses who understand that reliable transportation is a vital component for self-sufficiency – a requirement for stable employment, the care of children, and the pursuit of education. Visit Website