September 30, 2016-Barium Springs, NC: A $1,500 grant from the Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge will be used to help individuals with traumatic brain injuries or developmental disabilities who qualify for our High Country First In Families (HCFIF) program. The goal of the HCFIF program is to assist these individuals and their families in becoming self-sufficient by linking them to resources and the support necessary to become involved members of the community.  Examples of support include medical equipment, home modifications needed to increase independence, childcare or respite, or repairs to vehicles.  Support can also be the connecting of an individual/family to vocational, social, and educational opportunities in the community.

To respond to a particular need, High Country First In Families first looks to partner with local businesses, citizens, and agencies. Our goal is to leverage community support through partnerships with local businesses and organizations to stretch our monetary funding to last all year.  Last year, HCFIF met 393 requests, 153 or 39% of those were female, and

77% of those met were in part or in full by private businesses or individuals.  Donated funds will be used to help women/girls who qualify for HCFIF support due to Developmental Disabilities or Traumatic Brain Injuries. HCFIF serves residents and families of all ages who live in Ashe, Alleghany, Avery, Watauga, and Wilkes counties out of the Children’s Hope Alliance Wilkesboro office.

For more information on Children’s Hope Alliance, please call 1-800-320-4157.

About the Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge

The Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge makes grants to charitable, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organizations and government agencies for programs and projects that serve women and girls in the mountains of northwestern North Carolina. Their mission is to create positive change and economic justice for women and girls in the counties we serve.  Through funding to local non-profit agencies, they aim to be a philanthropic catalyst for all women and girls to have access to the resources they need as they strive to become empowered and reach their full potential.  Organizations and projects whose work is consistent with WFBR’s mission are eligible to apply for grant funding.