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UWTC Grants $330,000 for Local Programs

(l-r) United Way of Transylvania County (UWTC) CEO Luis Negron (blue shirt) poses with happy representatives of local programs at the funding announcement meeting on June 7.

release date: 7/16/19

United Way of Transylvania County (UWTC) announced Friday, June 7, that it will allocate $330,000 of its fiscal 2019-2020 budget to 15 local programs serving Transylvania County residents. The funded programs address the areas of health, education, and financial stability, and expect to deliver 4432 instances of care, support, and guidance to Transylvania County individuals, families and children over the funding period.

A team of 13 volunteers dedicated more than 178 hours reviewing requests to fund local programs. The volunteers made site visits to assess each program’s potential for measurable impact in the community. Working in teams, volunteers evaluated how well each program aligns with UWTC’s mission and vision.

“I am so impressed by the level of personal investment that each of our Allocations Team Volunteers brought to United Way’s funding decisions. I’m looking forward to working with our funded programs as they continue to develop and grow in their service to our community,” said Louis Negrón, United Way of Transylvania County CEO.

“Volunteers serving our community make up United Way of Transylvania County. They represent the wishes of the donors, using their experience and knowledge to decide which programs get funded, and ensuring that programs offer measurable results for our community. Thanks to all the volunteers who assisted in the allocations process this year. What a wonderful collaborative community we all share!” explained Joni Pavlik, volunteer Allocations Chair for UWTC.

Local Programs funded for 2019-2020:

Home Help: a daily meal, home care and support for homebound adults

After-School & Summer Camp STEAM: STEAM and life skills for young scholars

Domestic Violence Prevention: support to break the cycle of abuse for survivors of domestic violence

Families & Money: financial education & counseling to improve financial literacy for youth and adults

Homelessness Prevention through Litigation and Mediation: for individuals and families

Transylvania County School Attendance:  life skills support for students enrolled at Davidson River School

Justice for All Transylvania Families: immigration policy information & legal services for individuals and families

CONNECT:  health and human service outreach coordination for families with children at risk of abuse & neglect

Community Playgroups: resources/support for families with children from 0-6, in remote/underserved areas

Playgroups and Stay & Play: education resources and support for families with children from 0-6

Outreach and Education: skills to close the cultural achievement gap for Latino families with children

Natural Play Project:  outdoor education & enrichment events for families with young children

One-to-One: Literacy Tutoring: for low-income students struggling with reading in grades 1-3

Summer Learning: summer reading enrichment for Augustine Literacy Project-Brevard students

Baby Think it Over: realistic teen parenting simulations for 9th grade students.


Community Partners in Programs:

UWTC’s 2019-2020 funded programs are presented through collaborations and partnerships with these organizations:

Anchor Baptist Mission Warehouse

Asheville Savings Bank

Augustine Literacy Project-Brevard

Bound for Glory Camp

Brevard Academy

Brevard Music Center

CarePartners Hospice

Davidson River School

El Centro

First Citizens Bank

Getting Ahead

Meals on Wheels

Mountain Roots

Mountain Sun Community School

OnTrack WNC

Pisgah Explorers Club

Pisgah Legal Services

Rise & Shine


Self-Help Credit Union

Sharing House

The Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club

The Children's Center

The Family Place

The Haven

The Hunger Coalition

The Mediation Center

Transylvania County DSS

Transylvania County Health Department

Transylvania County Library

Transylvania County Schools

WCCA's Headstart Program.


About United Way of Transylvania County

United Way of Transylvania County (UWTC) brings people together. UWTC leverages partnerships and donor investments to help each individual person and the community as a whole to grow and thrive.

UWTC brings grant funds into Transylvania County and combines those awards with local donations and sponsorships. UWTC invests in the future of the entire county by funding local programs and initiatives designed to empower people to improve their lives.

To volunteer, donate or learn more about United Way of Transylvania County, call 828-883-8822, send US Mail to PO Box 53, Brevard, NC, 28712, or visit or

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