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Five grants totaling $29,291 were recently awarded by The Fund for Haywood County and the Mib and Phil Medford Endowment Fund. The Medford fund supports beautification, streetscape improvements and other public amenities in Waynesville.

The grants include:

-Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina received $3,141 to implement a "Bigs in Blue" program in collaboration with the Waynesville, Canton and Clyde police departments and the Haywood County Sheriff's Office, to recruit officers and support personnel to match with struggling students in the Haywood County Schools in one-on-one mentoring relationships in community and school-based programs.

-Haywood County Meals on Wheels received $4,000 to provide nutritious meals, companionship and safety checks to seniors and homebound individuals.

-Pigeon Community Multicultural Development Center received $4,000 to begin construction of seven play spaces and structures to include a playground, walking track, outdoor gathering space and other recreational areas.

-St. Andrew's Episcopal Church received $4,000 to meet the increasing demand for nutritious food and hygiene products for homeless or hungry children in Haywood County.

-Town of Waynesville received $14,150 from the Mib and Phil Medford Endowment Fund to install playground equipment in Chestnut Park as part of a multi-year approach to develop an under-utilized property as public park space for neighbors and the general public.

“The Fund for Haywood County is pleased to award these grants to a diverse group of nonprofits addressing the needs of Haywood County’s residents,” said Christine Mallette, advisory board chair. “We are very grateful to our friends and neighbors who have helped support the Fund so that local dollars can support local needs.”

With goals to inspire philanthropy and to strengthen charitable organizations in Haywood County, The Fund for Haywood County is an affiliate of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina that was established in 1994 by a group of local residents. The fund grows through tax-deductible contributions. Gifts are added to the principal, which is preserved and invested. The returns are used to make grants to support nonprofits in Haywood County. Since 1994, The Fund for Haywood County, in partnership with CFWNC, has awarded 115 grants totaling $999,111.

To make a gift, donate online at or by mail to P.O. Box 627, Waynesville, NC 28786-0627. Checks should be made out to CFWNC, noting “Fund for Haywood County” in the memo line. Contributions of any size are welcome.

The local volunteer advisory board works to raise awareness of The Fund for Haywood County and to build assets for the future. The advisory board also helps select grantees for the Mib and Phil Medford Endowment Fund. Advisory Board members are: Mallette (chair), Nyda Bittmann-Neville, Adam Bridges, Kim Ferguson, Jeff Haynes, Steve McNeil, Scott McLeod, Stephen McNeil, Jeremy Phillips, Bennie Sharpton, Donald Stanton and Sarah Wenzel.

The Community Foundation marks its 40th anniversary in 2018. CFWNC works with families, businesses and nonprofits to strengthen communities through the creation of charitable funds and strategic grantmaking. A permanent charitable resource, the foundation manages over 1,060 funds and has facilitated more than $216 million in philanthropy since its founding in 1978. CFWNC continues to evolve to help donors and nonprofits meet their charitable goals and to serve the ever-changing needs of Western North Carolina and beyond. Learn more at

For more information, contact Mallette at 828-734-0570.

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