What is Giving Tuesday and Why Support It?
Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement that shows us that together we can make a significant impact on our communities and the world. Coming on the heels of Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday each year, this day is poised at the perfect moment to give back after a handful of days when so many of us are reminded of how much we have to be thankful for.
Giving Tuesday in WNC and Asheville
Want to give this Giving Tuesday? In Western North Carolina and the Asheville area, there is no shortage of worthy nonprofits that can benefit from your donations. This year, our Altamont Property Group team members each selected a charity near and dear to their hearts. We’re pleased to support these organizations this year and every year, and hope you will consider supporting them as well.
WNC Organizations to Support this Giving Tuesday
Supported by Collin O’Berry
MountainTrue champions resilient forests, clean waters, and healthy communities in the Southern Blue Ridge. The nonprofit envisions thriving communities in our mountain region that are connected to and help sustain both each other and our natural environment. To achieve this, MountainTrue fosters and empowers residents throughout the area to engage in community planning, policy and project advocacy, and on-the-ground projects.
Haywood Street Community Development
Supported by Chris Gragtmans
While resources are distributed and needs are met through many Haywood Street Congregation programs, its independently-governed Haywood Street Community Development provides deeply affordable housing designed with dignity, built for belonging, and created to frustrate poverty with a forever home. With a deeply-held belief in each individual’s intrinsic worth, this organization’s long-term vision includes multiple housing developments in Asheville and Buncombe County to help meet the significant gap in deeply affordable housing, particularly for residents with very low or no income.
Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy
Supported by Billy May
Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy has a three-fold mission to protect, steward, and connect. To foster healthy communities, they work with willing landowners to protect stream and river water quality, wildlife and plant habitats, outdoor recreation locations, farming land, and scenic viewsheds. They steward protected lands and conservation easements, help remove invasive species, build and maintain trails, and care for preserves. The organization’s partnerships restore and manage the ecosystems of the Highlands of Roan, the landscape surrounding one of the most scenic sections of the Appalachian Trail.
Supported by Ella Tzinberg
Our VOICE is a non-profit crisis intervention and prevention agency that serves victims of sexual violence, age 13 through adult, in Buncombe County. Our VOICE takes an intersectional, person-centered approach to support survivors and prevent future acts of sexual violence. Its values center around believing survivors, promoting dignity, supporting individual agency, shifting paradigms, and creating a culture of care and honesty. The primary goal of its direct services is to assist the survivor in regaining a sense of control over their life, and it also offers a 24-hour crisis line, counseling, accompaniment to medical and legal appointments, and prevention, education, and community outreach.
Supported by Reese Morgani
Homeward Bound’s mission is working with others to end the cycle of homelessness. Its approach is guided by the belief that people need basic necessities like food and a place to live before attending to anything less critical, such as getting a job, budgeting properly, or attending to substance use issues. Its two housing service programs offer the options of supportive permanent housing and short- to medium-term rental assistance. The organization also offers a Veterans Housing Services Program.
Lake Eden Arts Festival (LEAF)
Supported by Ben Bogardus
Since 1995, LEAF Festival provides a space for 12,000 people to come together each May and October in Black Mountain, North Carolina and celebrate world music, art, creativity, and culture. The festival features a variety of performance stages, family adventure village, handcraft and folk art vendors, culinary artists, and performing artists from a vast array of genres and cultures. All donations support cultural arts education programming locally and globally. The nonprofit’s mission is to cultivate a thriving global community generated by the power of cultural curiosity, connection, and preservation through global music and arts education and experiences.