At Town and Mountain Realty, giving back to our LOCAL Asheville and Western NC community is very important to us!
Our agents go above and beyond to take advantage of volunteer opportunities such as Habitat for Humanity - to date, Town and Mountain agents have contributed upwards of 1,000 work hours building homes! In addition to their hands-on work with Habitat, our agents support many other local organizations through volunteering and charitable giving.
Each month we also choose a particular non-profit and donate a portion of our sales to support the work they’re doing in our community. We’re excited to share details about those organizations with you!
• YMI Cultural Center
The YMI opened its doors 129 years ago to provide cultural, educational, social, and business opportunities for the African-American community in Asheville.
• My Sistah Taught Me That
My Sistah Taught Me That is an organization designed for the development, encouragement, inspiration, and education of young girls with a special focus on girls growing up in single parent homes without their father.
• Asheville Racial Justice Coalition
For this critical work to continue in Asheville – addressing systemic racism and state-sanctioned violence against Black people and those most impacted by poverty, criminalization, and mass incarceration. Through grassroots-led organizing and community collaborations, the RJC seeks to achieve and sustain deep equity by building power to those historically underrepresented, dismantling policies and institutions that uphold racism, and reimagining a community where justice exists for all people.
• Asheville-Buncombe Community Land Trust
Welcome home. We are the Asheville-Buncombe Community Land Trust (ABCLT). We are a community-led effort that was formed to address the injustices of urban renewal and the increasing cost of living in our area.
• Homeward Bound WNC
Our mission is preventing and ending homelessness in our community through permanent housing and support.
Homeward Bound has been using the Housing First model since 2006 and has housed more than 2,200 people with an 89% retention rate. A key ingredient in our success are the supportive services that accompany housing. The key to keeping people in housing is trained, compassionate, and nonjudgmental staff who care about the people we serve. Our case managers are trained in diversion, harm reduction, motivational interviewing, and Homeward Bound’s own case management standards of excellence.
• Eliada - Helping Children Succeed
Eliada’s mission is Helping Children Succeed.
Eliada’s mission is Helping Children Succeed. We provide a cradle to career continuum of services for over 600 children and youth annually. In partnership with families, we meet basic needs and provide positive child and youth development programming to all ages. We also have high level intervention and prevention services for children and adolescents that focus on social and emotional well being, life skills development, career readiness, and trauma informed treatment. Eliada maintains a 5-Star Child Development Center (child care, prek, afterschool, and summer camp), Residential and Day Treatment mental health programs, Foster Care services, and Workforce Development programming.
• Building Bridges
The mission of Building Bridges is to dismantle racism by fostering relationships that respect diversity, seek understanding and encourage action. We provide educational programming paired with a safe place to learn, reflect and discuss.
Since 1993, Building Bridges has profoundly impacted people and institutions throughout Western North Carolina. To date, more than 1500 participants have attended the program.
• Bountiful Cities Project
Bountiful Cities is an Asheville based organization dedicated to teaching sustainable agriculture skills and resources in urban environments to promote social justice and economic viability. We envision abundance and food sovereign communities.
• Pisgah Legal Services
Free Legal Advice and Pro Bono Lawyers in Asheville.
Pisgah Legal Services provides free legal advice, pro bono lawyers, and community legal services for underserved populations in Western North Carolina.
• Helpmate Domestic Violence Services
Helpmate offers a crisis shelter for survivors who are actively fleeing intimate partner violence relationships. Creating a World that is Free of Violence in our Local Asheville area.
• United Way of Haywood County
United Way of Haywood County is a voluntary, non-profit organization, which emphasizes broad citizen involvement and seeks to meet human needs.
• Solarize Neighbor to Neighbor
Helping others in our community lower their energy burden is the aim of Neighbor to Neighbor Solar. While all Solarize Asheville-Buncombe customers benefit from discounted rates through group buying, we are also making grant funds available so that solar power is possible for income-qualified households.
• Thrive Asheville
Thrive Asheville creates an innovative, inclusive network of connections that facilitate community-led ways to address the challenges we face. We start with a clear set of priorities, organize leaders to support new ideas and innovative solutions, and we focus on projects like: The Landlord-Tenant Partnership Program, Ideas to Action Leadership Forum & The Finding Home Project.
• Community Housing Coalition of Madison County
Community Housing Coalition (CHC) of Madison County is a community-based nonprofit agency that facilitates urgent home repairs to low-income Madison County Residents.
• YWCA Stand Against Racism
We take a Stand Against Racism every day by raising awareness about the impact of institutional and structural racism and by building community among those who work for racial justice.
• Read To Succeed Asheville/Buncombe
We are on a mission to help close the race-based opportunity gap through community-powered literacy programming that engages children, families, and community partners.
• BeLoved Asheville
The mission of BeLoved Asheville is to cultivate a transformational way of life rooted in community, creativity, and equity. We bring together people from all walks of life to create innovative solutions to some of the toughest challenges that our city, region, and world face: racism and systemic inequities, housing and food insecurity, poverty, poor health, and inequities in healthcare. Together, we work to create home, health, equity, and opportunity for all.
Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry (ABCCM) is one of the key non-profit organizations addressing poverty, hunger, homelessness and access to health care for the under-served in Buncombe County, serving annually around 21, 764, or 1 in 12 persons in 2019. Begun as a small collaboration of churches in 1969, ABCCM has played a significant role in meeting emergency assistance needs for families in crisis, coordinating religious services and education activities at the jail, providing transitional and permanent supportive housing of the homeless through 300 beds, increasing access to health care for half the uninsured and medically underserved; as well as work readiness, mentoring and job placement services. We serve veterans across 26 WNC counties.
ABCCM is generously supported by over 289 churches of all denominations and 6,100 trained volunteers and provides emergency assistance to anyone in need regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, or disability.
• The Salvation Army of Buncombe County
The Salvation Army began responding to needs in the Carolinas in 1887. The Salvation Army has been serving Buncombe County since 1890, only three years after the first location opened in Raleigh. Our goal is to bring HOPE, LOVE, and LIGHT to every corner of our city.
We serve those in need of food, clothing, and shelter. LOCALLY, WE ASSIST APPROXIMATELY 24,000 RESIDENTS OF ASHEVILLE AND BUNCOMBE COUNTY EACH YEAR. We support Buncombe County youth through evidence-based programs in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. We manage and implement innovative, life-saving programs like Project FIGHT (Freeing Individuals Gripped by Human Trafficking) and Center of Hope (emergency shelter).
• Haywood Street Church Asheville
- HAYWOOD STREET RESPITE: Haywood Street Respite is a safe place for homeless adults to rest, get three meals a day, and be helped in other ways to “get back on their feet” following discharge from the hospital. It is short-term care in a home-like setting for unhoused individuals who are too ill or frail to recover on the streets after surgery or acute illness.
- The Downtown Welcome Table rests on the assumption that food is a primary means of grace, a way to love and connect. It is a homemade meal served on abundant plates by an attentive wait staff. Folks are invited to linger over the meal as in a nice restaurant or dinner at home. Cloth napkins, flowers on the table, and china plates send the message “you deserve the very best” and are meant to counter the notion often held by those living on the streets that handouts, hand-me-downs and leftovers are all I deserve.
• Western Carolina Rescue Ministries
While we serve our clients regardless of their beliefs, we are motivated by the teachings of Jesus Christ. Currently our Rescue services for men, women and children include providing meals, food boxes, overnight shelter, showers and clothing. We provide restoration services for men and women that include life counseling, job training and assistance with transitional services. Formal on site programs include Success Academy for men and women, Joshua Plan for men, Abba's Love for women, and Abba's House for addicted mothers and their babies.
We’re happy to continue assisting the many wonderful organizations that work to make this community a better place for us all. We encourage you to find your own volunteer opportunities, and if you're already giving back, thank you!
Click here to see an even more extensive list of fantastic non-profits we’ve worked with throughout the years.