Promoting Community Wellness in Western North Carolina

Our region is strong and growing, but there are many community and individual needs that go unmet every day. To help with some of the individual needs that may not fit neatly into the specific work done by a non-profit, WNC Bridge Foundation established several special programs that provide special assistance directly to individuals in our areas of focus. These programs include:

You’re Special Fund

30 years ago the “You’re Special” Fund was created out of the realization that for financially impoverished individuals, small challenges can present major obstacles in living a full life. For this reason, “You’re Special” is there to help purchase medication, equipment and other essentials to make life easier. It’s not just about a grab bar that makes showering safe for an elderly person or the supply of lifesaving medication that “You’re Special” provides for a low-income stroke survivor. The real gifts that “You’re Special” offers to our neighbors in need are hope and support.

The “You’re Special” Fund provides support to the young and old in WNC and can assist in crisis situations to help low-income patients pay for necessary items that are not covered by insurance, such as hip kits, grab bars, glucose test strips, medications and tub transfer benches. The “You’re Special” Fund is used only to pay for expenses that are not covered by any other source.

WNC Greatest Needs Fund

WNC’s Greatest Needs Fund allows WNC Bridge Foundation to be responsive to new, major and critical needs as they arise in the 18 counites of WNC. Unlike funds designated for a specific purpose or program, WNC’s Greatest Needs Fund is broad in its focus, giving us the ability to address a wide range of changing community needs.

Community Outreach Grants

Community Outreach Grants are purposeful grants that we fund, with a quick turnaround application process for organizations in the 18 counites of WNC. Community Outreach Grants offer a once-a-year grant up to $10,000 for marketing and sponsorship opportunities as well as programmatic support, with a simple, streamlined application process.