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Assistance programs Avery, Mitchell, Watauga, Yancey County.

Find ways to get financial help with rent, energy bills, groceries or free food and stuff in Watauga, Mitchell, Avery and Yancey Counties. Charities, churches, and government social service offices assist low income families, the elderly, disabled and single mothers among others. There are also places for free items including school supplies,  vouchers for gasoline, Christmas gifts or housing.

A number of financial assistance programs as well as free advice may be offered. This includes debt counseling, legal aid, and foreclosure prevention. A large number of non-profits, charities, and community action agencies in Watauga, Avery, Mitchell, and Yancey North Carolina may be able to provide assistance .Or even look for community action agency applications online.

Rent assistance, free food, and funds for energy bills

Banner Elk Presbyterian Church may have resources. The Rob Clemmer Benevolence Fund Committee is a subcommittee of the BEPC session’s Missions Committee. The fund exists to meet crisis financial needs of individuals who live in Avery County AND who have exhausted all other avenues of assistance. Therefore all applicants for assistance need to be from Avery County and applied to other financial resources first.

Funds will be disbursed directly to the power company, landlord or other business or agency only, with no payment made to the caller. Out-of-Avery County requests are always denied. A Request for Assistance Form is filled out over the phone and then submitted to the committee for review, which can take up to 24 hours for a decision. There is a annual cap of $250.00 per recipient. Banner Elk Presbyterian Church (828) 898-5406.

Casting Bread Food Pantry - They just offer food and groceries. Call (828) 295-8333

Hunger Coalition of Watauga County - Offers several financial assistance programs, and also non-monetary help. Among them include emergency food assistance and groceries to individuals and families in emergency or crisis situations; assistance and emergency help to families in emergencies needing heat, utilities, etc.; supplemental food assistance to selected families; .prescription medicine, vouchers and help for medical bills; information on debt counseling programs, and more. Boone North Carolina. (828) 262-0154




W.A.M.Y. Community Action, Inc. - May have aid for paying short term expenses and bills if someone has a crisis. But the community action agency does focus on helping people and families in Watauga, Avery, Mitchell, and Yancey County over the long term.

Programs administered include housing assistance, such as weatherization and heating and air conditioning services. The agency may have grants as form of rent assistance, or other funds can be used for a deposit. The case management from WAMY includes family self-sufficiency program, ranging from  financial literacy to credit rebuilding and foreclosure prevention counseling. There are also thrift shops; gardening assistance; food banks, small business loan programs; after school programs.

Immigrants in counties such as Yancey and Avery can get help too. This includes homelessness assistance. There is also counseling and financial assistance to Hispanic populations. They can even help with treatment of minor medical and dental issues that people may have. Career counseling and job finding programs are offered too. Call (828) 264-2421, or more on WAMY community action assistance programs.

Salvation Army has multiple locations in Boone. The faith based charity can help everyone from college students at Appalachian States to the unemployed, working poor, or elderly and transient workers in the region. Programs include, but are not limited too hunger prevention (a free pantry and soup kitchen); housing (rent help, homeless shelters); case management (employment and ministry services); volunteers for home repairs or delivering meals; a low cost family store for shopping and more. Find details on Boone Salvation Army assistance programs.

Free health care clinics

The low income and uninsured can contact Community Care Clinic. This community clinic provides primary health care, counseling, and preventive medical care to uninsured persons in the region. Services offered at the site include general medical care, acupuncture, behavioral health counseling, and chiropractic services. Boone North Carolina. (828) 265-8591

Churches in the region

This charity is for residents in Watauga, Yance, Avery, or Mitchell, County only. The organization made up of local churches partners with local charities, non-profits, and social services. Churches offer ministries or basic needs. They will refer individuals to local charities and non-profit organizations in this region of the state. Programs run can offer free or inexpensive clothing, depending on need; utility, cooling or heating bill help; help with rent and/or mortgage assistance as well as foreclosure prevention advice.





Other support from churches will vary. But it may include an emergency food box that feeds four people for up to four days total. There are also gasoline vouchers for transients and emergencies; emergency shelter for one night and housekeeping basics. There are churches that help people, no matter their faith, in call counties. Find more details on Watauga, Avery, Mitchell, and Yancey church assistanceprograms.

By Jon McNamara


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