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Burke County United Way


Wendy Cato, Resource Development Director

828-433-0681 ext. 14

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Jennifer Yoder, Burke Health Solutions

828-433-0681 ext. 17

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Funded Agencies  

ALFA - Offers HIV counseling, testing and prevention education programs to reduce the incidence of HIV infection.  

(828) 322-1447

2012 Allocation: $10,000 for HIV Testing and Outreach 


American Red Cross - Provides 24-hour aid to victims of fires and other disasters, armed forces emergency services, blood donation collections, CPR, First Aid and Lifeguard classes, and disaster preparedness education.
(828) 438-8844

2012 Allocation: $9,000 for Disaster Relief


Big Brothers/Big Sisters - Develops children's self-esteem and character through volunteer mentoring programs and friendships to help them achieve their highest potential.  Serves children 6-14 years of age, primarily from single parent families.  Trained staff screens all applicants thoroughly before matching them with waiting children, and consistent agency support is given to the volunteer, child, and child's parents/guardian.
(828) 430-8357

2012 Allocation: $10,000 for Mentoring


Burke Council on Alcohol and Chemical Dependency - Focuses on education, prevention, and rehabilitation in the field of alcoholism and chemical dependency.  Over 4,000 calls a year provide assistance, while the Student Assistance Program assists over 700 middle and high schools students each year.
(828) 433-1221
2012 Allocation: $8,000 for the Substance Abuse Network, $5,000 for Student Assistance/School Intervention and $10,000 for Flynn Christian Fellowship Home Residential Treatment


Burke County Literacy Council - Teaches adults and their families to read and/or improve their literacy skills and to instill a commitment to life-long learning and trains volunteers to teach reading or improving basic literacy skills.
(828) 437-7477

2012 Allocation: $7,500 for Adult Literacy and $3,500 for English as a Second Language


East Burke Christian Ministries - Is a crisis assistance agency, serving residents of East Burke, helping with food, clothes, and financial assistance on a temporary basis.
(828) 397-7074
2012 Allocation: $3,000 for Crisis Assistance


Foothills Service Project - Is a Christian home repair ministry established for the purpose of assisting persons in making houses dry, safe and warm.  The target group is those in danger of being forced into a nursing facility because of the condition of their home.

(828) 879-8400

2012 Allocation: $8,000 for Home Repair


Good Samaritan Clinic - Is a Christian ministry providing free health care including clinic, medications, dental care, mental health and spiritual support to Burke County residents who are without government assistance, private insurance, or the financial resources to afford such care.
(828) 439-9948

2012 Allocation: $15,000 for Medical Care and $15,000 for Pharmacy


The Meeting Place – Is a transitional house for homeless men in recovery from alcoholism or substance abuse.  Provides housing, meals, counseling, job placement, and referral to other services.

(828) 439-9921

2012 Allocation: $11,000 for the Men's Program, $5,000 for Women's Emergency Shelter and $3,000 for FACES Transitional Family Housing


Options, Inc. - Provides intervention and support services, such as a 24 hour crisis hotline, a safe shelter for women and children who are homeless due to domestic violence, court advocacy, community education programs, and counseling to victims of abuse.
(828) 438-9444
2012 Allocation: $11,000for Child Therapy; $10,000 for Court Advocacy; $8,000 for Rape and Sexual Assault Services; and $19,500 for the Domestic Violence Shelter


REACT - Assists motorists and others with emergencies as well as assisting local law enforcement with traffic control at accidents and civic events.

(828) 874-4728

2012 Allocation: $8,000 for Disaster Relief


The Outreach Center - Provides direct food assistance to hungry families and bulk food assistance to service and relief organizations through the Outreach Food Distribution Center; offers adult basic education, GED preparation, employment skills education, learning-skills improvement, computer literacy, and English as a second language through the Fresh Start Education Center; provides clothing and household items through the Fresh Look Clothing Center; conducts food stamp program outreach; conducts diet and nutrition education and exercise classes; provides crisis assistance and agency referrals to families and individuals in need.

(828) 439-8300

2012 Allocation: $16,000 for Fresh Start