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One of the best ways to celebrate the true meaning of the holidays is to give back to your community. Trinity Methodist recognizes that the typical Angel Tree toy and gift collections are not as easy to accomplish this year so they have created a “Bless the Schools Fund” to collect donations for Hall Fletcher, Asheville Primary, and Asheville Middle and High Schools for gifts and essential items for children. Checks can be made payable to “TUMC/ Bless the Schools” or make a donation directly through TrinityWAvl.org or by Venmo, Trinity UMC (TrinityWAvl). Any questions? Call the Office, 828-253-5471 or send email to info@trinitywavl.org .

The following are WABA member non-profits accepting donations:

1.Asheville GreenWorks seeks to inspire, equip and mobilize individuals and communities to take care of the places we love to live. Through community-based, volunteer-led environmental conservation projects and education programs, we work together to enhance the environment and quality of life for all residents of Asheville and Buncombe County.
This holiday season, we are raising funds to support our efforts to plant and protect more trees in our neighborhoods and communities, so that we may all enjoy the benefits of clean air, healthy waterways, and access to nature in and around our urban areas. Ways to Give* A one-time gift, if given by December 31, will be DOUBLED up to $25,000 thanks to generous matching donors.* A monthly recurring donation helps spread out your gift throughout the year, and allows us to spend more time furthering our mission with confidence.* Non-cash giving, such as stocks or retirement assets, can provide tax incentives that ultimately amplifies the impact of your gift.* A legacy gift (a planned future gift that designates some part of an individual’s estate as a donation) offers an opportunity to create a powerful philanthropic legacy in honor of the issues you care about most.
Contact Megan Travi at megan@ashevillegreenworks.org with questions or to discuss these options. Visit ashevillegreenworks.org to make your gift today!

2. PIVOTPoint WNC is a for-purpose, not-for-profit organization whose mission is providing mindfulness-centered therapeutic wilderness experiences to those assessed as at-risk of / recovering from substance use disorders – cultivating connection, compassion, and character. Its vision is that individuals in recovery from substance use disorders can embrace self-reflection, experience connection to nature and see new possibilities for themselves. Since its founding in 2017, PIVOTPoint WNC has been providing sliding scale subsidized therapeutic wilderness experiences to individuals in sober living facilities, transitional housing programs, and intensive outpatient programs throughout North Carolina. Currently working in collaboration with local and regional organizations to further extend support and care, PIVOTPoint WNC was formed for the purpose of providing safe, empowering, mindfulness-centered day-outings for the substance use disorder community and has been doing so for years. 
We have a Donate button on the header of our website: https://www.pivotpointwnc.org/accept donations through PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=JQK4HK34JN932**we can also be found through PayPal’s Giving Fund (EIN: 83-4241728)
and receive paper checks at:PIVOTPoint WNC17 N Pershing RoadAsheville, NC 28805

3.Asheville Poverty Initiative’s mission is to build community and promote economic justice. We are a beloved community that celebrates mutuality, abundance, and justice; dismantling stereotypes, reducing fear, and empowering hope through telling stories across socio-economic differences. Our 12 Baskets Cafe program partners with local restaurants to rescue food, that would otherwise go to waste, and host a community cafe. Folks meet their neighbors and build new friendships around the table at 12 Baskets. Our Realities of Poverty program provides relational education opportunities led by folks with direct experience living in poverty for interested professional, school, faith, and community groups. During the COVID-19 pandemic we have taken on a new role in partnership with Asheville City and Homeward Bound, coordinating 1,365 meals a week for folks in emergency pandemic housing. Support our work this holiday season by donating to Asheville Poverty Initiative through Mountain Xpress’s Give!Local campaign, or go to www.ashevillepovertyinitiative.org/donate. Most importantly, we’d love to have you join us for lunch at the Cafe once we re-open for in-person programming, so stay tuned! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @12BasketsCafe  

4.Rainbow Community School (RCS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, independent holistic school with a mission to “develop accomplished, confident, and creative learners who are prepared to be compassionate leaders in building a socially just, spiritually fulfilled, and environmentally sustainable world.” RCS was established in 1977 as a private school with a public purpose and maintains that vision through its innovative educational approach and community building efforts. 

When you make RCS your non-profit of choice and give a gift to our school, you are not only helping RCS to be a pandemic resilient school by ensuring its bright future but you are supporting our inspiring mission and most importantly, changing the lives of children! 

Please consider a donation to the RCS annual fund by clicking here or if you wish to inquire about others ways to give, please contact our Development Director, West Willmore at west.willmore@rainbowlearning.org 


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