The Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation hosted its inaugural grant awards ceremony Oct. 9, presenting 25 awards totaling $1,267,260 to area organizations.
Grant awards spanned the Foundation’s focus areas using the basis of social determinants of health and information obtained through research and community listening sessions. The grants were announced by focus areas as follows: $488,220 for health and access to health care; $433,000 for education; $366,040 for community vitality and economic stability.
One grant recipient, Teri Walawender, principal of Blue Ridge School, explained in detail how their Foundation grant is at work helping students succeed.
“The grant funding allowed us to secure a school nurse and a school social worker,” she said. “The Foundation’s grant is a pivotal move forward to ensuring our student’s health, well-being and increased academic success.”
In addition to the Blue Ridge School Foundation, Jackson County grant recipients for the first 2019 grant cycle include the Blue Ridge Free Dental Clinic, Cashiers-Glenville Fire Department, Vecino’s Farmworker Health Program, Cashiers Valley Preschool, Hampton Preschool and Early Learning Center, Southwestern Community College, Summit Charter School, AWAKE Inc., Boys and Girls Club of the Plateau, Cashiers Big Brothers Big Sisters, Fishes and Loaves Food Pantry, and HIGHTS.