Community Initiatives

CFHC keeps abreast of the needs of our community and periodically, the Board of Directors provides direction for special initiatives.

CFHC Helping to Address the Child Care Crisis

This past year, CFHC has worked closely with local organizations to help address the child care crisis in Henderson County. We began with supporting a Child Care Demand Study conducted by Smart Start Partnership for Children, Taproot Consulting, and The Henderson County Chamber of Commerce. The results and finding of the study can be found here. In addition to supporting the study, we provided a sponsorship for “Speak Out 2022 – Let’s Get to Work Addressing the Child Care Crisis.” The one-day event led by Children & Family Resource Center gathered four local panelists to discuss the many pieces of the child care shortages and how to work towards solutions.

Food Insecurity in Henderson County

10.7% of the population in Henderson County faces food insecurity; 22% of the food insecure population does not qualify for SNAP or other assistance programs.

Since 2009, CFHC has awarded more than $280,000 in grants to 20 organizations with the intention of contributing to food security and food assistance programs.

Recently, the Foundation convened a group of key service providers who all immediately agreed that while local indicators show improvement, the fact remains that one in five persons still report they are food insecure.

The conversation must continue and it must expand to larger groups. Community Foundation of Henderson County is committed to making a lasting change in this area.

*Others include Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Blue Ridge Humane Society, Meals on Wheels of Asheville & Buncombe County, Hickory Nut Gorge Community Church Outreach, Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry, Interfaith Assistance Ministry, Womens Wellbeing & Development Foundation, Calvary Episcopal Church, My Father's Storehouse, Agudas Israel Congregation, Salvation Army of Transylvania County, Hendersonville Rescue Mission, Haywood County Department of Social Services