Your United Way Family of Partners

Pictured left to right: Maureen "Mo" Schwind with Burke County United Way, Kristy Graf with Options, Inc., Alison Azbell with Meeting Place Mission, Nina Ervin with Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC, Kim James with Burke Recovery, Sherri Fisher with the Good Samaritan Clinic, R.L. Icard with Foothills Service Project, Holly Johnson with The Outreach Center, Browning Rochefort with Burke County Literacy Council)

Your United Way Family of Partners make positive impacts in the lives of our community members in the areas of health, education, and financial stability/crisis assistance. Our partner agencies are guided by an amazing team of executive directors that work collaboratively to solve problems, meet needs, and drive change. Thank you for Living United in 2019. United, We (All) Win.

“There is a humble strength in belonging to a team of change agents like the ones who operate the non-profits that are part of the BCUW Partner Agency team. I am honored, blessed and grateful to link arms with these amazing individuals and work collectively to make BCUW the pillar of aid in our community. We truly are united in improving and saving lives.” Kim James, Executive Director, Burke Recovery

“Partnering with United Way provides us resources to help us to more successfully advance our mission. Working together provides opportunities for growth for our organization not only financially, but structurally as well by strengthening our advocacy efforts and leadership skills.” Dr. Holly Johnson, CEO, The Outreach Center

“Partnering with United Way means to me that we are part of a family who supports the needs in the community. I value our inclusive partnership and how we collaborate in advocating for those who are in need.” Nina Ervin, Burke County Program Coordinator, BBBS WNC

“Being a United Way Partner agency means having the ability to engage more within our community to create positive change. It also means being a part of an amazing group that truly cares about our community.” Alison Azbell, Executive Director, The Meeting Place Mission

“Working together for the good of the community. Together we can affect change and make a difference.” Browning Rochefort, Executive Director, Burke County Literacy Council

“Being a United Way Partner for Options means we have the most comprehensive support for the families we serve. We are able to provide the best care possible because of our partner agencies.” Kristy K. Graf, Executive Director, Options, Inc.

“United Way funds allow us to build handicapped ramps for persons who otherwise would not qualify through our traditional funding source.” R.L. Icard, Executive Director, Foothills Service Project

“Good Samaritan Clinic partners with United Way to create a stronger community by increasing access to healthcare, dental care and life saving medications.” Sherri Fisher, Executive Director, Good Samaritan Clinic

Your monetary investment to Burke County United Way allows our partner agencies and their programs to feed the hungry; house the homeless and provide transitional housing and case management services; receive primary and dental care for the uninsured; provide substance use/misuse education, treatment, and prevention; build handicap ramps for persons with mobility issues; offer literacy tutoring and workforce development training; foster positive adult role models to mentor youth in our community; provide rape and sexual assault advocacy, education and therapy; deliver arts and cultural education and camps for impoverished youth.

Big Brothers Big Sisters

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Provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

Burke County Literacy Council

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Teaching adults and their families to read and/or to improve their literacy skills and to instill in all those served a commitment to lifelong learning.

Burke Recovery

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Works with community partners to provide education/prevention, treatment and recovery support services to all citizens of Burke County regardless of their ability to pay.

Foothills Service Project

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Christian home repair ministry established for the purpose of assisting persons in Burke and surrounding counties to make houses dry, safe and warm, with emphasis on assisting the older adult population.

The Good Samaritan Clinic

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Inter­de­nom­i­na­tional Chris­t­ian min­istry pro­vid­ing med­ical, den­tal and men­tal health care to Burke County res­i­dents who are with­out gov­ern­ment assis­tance, pri­vate insur­ance or the finan­cial resources to afford such care.

The Meeting Place Mission

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Provides emergency shelter, transitioning homeless individuals and families into permanent housing, safe shelter, recovery, and continued case management to ensure success. 

Options, Inc.

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Informs and educates the citizens of Burke County, while offering support and services to the victims of domestic violence and violent crimes. This is accomplished by providing sanctuary and compassionate services that promote empowerment, prevention, healing, and recovery.

The Outreach Center

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Assists disadvantaged citizens to rise above circumstances and improve their quality of life.