The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina approved grants of up to $541,300 to aid 17 WNC counties affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a press release.
The awards are to provide funding for basic human needs in Latino communities and young mental health services across the region.
Blue Ridge Community Health Services received $82,800 for a school-based mental health program offering counseling sessions to students in Henderson and Transylvania counties.
“We are grateful to The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina for providing us with the means to expand our behavioral health services within the schools we serve in Henderson and Transylvania counties,” Dr. Linda Davidson, Behavioral Health Medical Director said. “As an organization, we are proud of our role in providing counseling services to students who otherwise may not have access to the care they need due to financial barriers.”
• Western North Carolina Workers Center received $50,000 to provide basic need assistance to Latino immigrant workers in Buncombe, Henderson, Macon, and Burke counties.
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• Black Mountain Counseling Center received $20,000 to provide a comprehensive program for adolescents and families in Buncombe and McDowell counties to address stress management and mental health and wellness;
• Centro Unido Latino-Americano was awarded $30,000 to meet emergency needs, such as food, rent, utilities and medical assistance for low-income Latino people in Buncombe, McDowell, Rutherford, Burke, Mitchell, Yancey and Avery counties;
• Colaborativa La Milpa was awarded $40,000 to provide direct cash assistance for basic needs to Latino immigrants in Buncombe County who do not qualify for federal aid and are experiencing hardship due to COVID-19;
• Latino Advocacy Coalition received $38,500 to provide mental health services for Latinos in Henderson County, and;
• Meridian Behavioral Health Services was awarded $100,000 to provide mental health treatment to youth by increasing services for its in-home program, assisting families with co-pays and increasing translator services for Spanish-speakers in Jackson, Cherokee, Graham, Clay, Haywood, Swain, Transylvania and Macon counties.
CFWNC manages over 1,200 funds and facilitated $22 million in grants last year bringing total giving to more than $276 million since its founding in 1978, according to its press release.