Expanded Local Charitable Giving Program Awards $85,000 for 2023

Hendersonville, N.C., March 7, 2023 – Six local businesses who have come together to provide charitable support for nonprofits in and around Henderson County have announced their 2023 grant recipients. The Work with Heart Community Fund, a component fund of Community Foundation of Henderson County, has selected 38 different organizations to receive grants totaling $85,000 this year. Horizon Heat & Air, Hannah Flanagan’s, Southern Alarm & Security, Boyd Automotive, Edward Jones - Financial Advisor: Ken Adams, and Triangle Stop have pooled their charitable dollars and selected the recipients through a grant application process.

“This charitable joint effort of local business owners will have a far-reaching impact for those who are served by these nonprofits,” shared Community Foundation of Henderson County President/CEO McCray V. Benson. “These businesses are making a positive change in our local community through this Fund each year and their continued growth demonstrates how combining charitable giving can build strong connections, increase engagement in the community, and amplify awareness of the impact that nonprofit organizations are making in the lives of local people.”

In 2015, Dan Poeta of Horizon Heat & Air found himself looking for an avenue of giving that would help his philanthropy evolve and help move the needle on key issues. By creating a Donor Advised Fund with Community Foundation of Henderson County, Dan discovered the structure and organization his charitable giving process truly needed. Within two years, local eatery Hannah Flanagan’s joined in on the charitable venture and as of 2023, six local businesses have come together to offer the Work with Heart Community Fund.

Since 2015, $288,000 has been awarded to the local community through numerous nonprofits as unrestricted grant money. The grant application for the next cycle of Work with Heart grant funding will open in January of 2024. In order to qualify, organizations must be a tax-exempt, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that operates programs in Henderson County for the benefit of the residents of Henderson County.

Horizon Heat & Air, Hannah Flanagan’s, Southern Alarm & Security, Boyd Automotive, Edward Jones - Financial Advisor: Ken Adams, and Triangle Stop have chosen the following organizations as the Work with Heart 2023 grant recipients:

1st Quarter

  • Thrive
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Vocational Solutions
  • Helping Hand Development Center
  • Blue Ridge Community Health Services, Inc.
  • Open Arms Pregnancy Center
  • The Free Clinics
  • True Ridge
  • Caja Solidaria
  • Hope Coalition

2nd Quarter

  • Boys & Girls Club of Henderson County
  • The Storehouse
  • Economic Investment Fund of Henderson County
  • (Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development)
  • St. Gerard House
  • Camplify
  • Project Dignity
  • Special Needs Sports
  • Henderson County Education Foundation
  • Only Hope WNC, Inc.
  • Young Naturalist 4-H Club

3rd Quarter

  • Kenmure Fights Cancer
  • Four Seasons Foundation
  • First United Methodist: Backpack Ministry
  • Pisgah Legal Services
  • Fletcher Academy
  • Saluda Pop-Up Pantry
  • Bullington Gardens
  • Historic Johnson Farm Foundation
  • The Arc of Buncombe County, Inc.

4th Quarter

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina
  • Children & Family Resource Center
  • Apple Country Woodcrafters
  • Homes for Youth
  • Safelight, Inc.
  • Housing Assistance Corporation
  • Sentinel Patriot Club (STAND T.A.L.L.)
  • YMCA of Western North Carolina
  • The Hope Center

Horizon Heat & Air installs residential and commercial heating and air conditioning systems along with commercial refrigeration systems in Hendersonville, Brevard, Waynesville, Asheville and other areas of Western North Carolina. Learn more at www.horizonheatac.com.

Hannah Flanagan’s Irish Pub is located on Main Street in downtown Hendersonville, NC. It offers Irish-influenced pub grub and an extensive, ever-changing beer list in a relaxed, old-world setting, with outside dining, daily drink specials and delicious Irish pub food. Learn more at www.theoriginalhannahflanagans.com.

Southern Alarm & Security is the oldest and largest locally-owned security company in the Western North Carolina region. They offer an extensive array of electronic security and related services for homes and businesses. Learn more at www.southernalarm.com.

Boyd Chevrolet Buick is a third generation owned dealership that has been helping the people of western North Carolina with their automobile needs since 1932. Learn more at www.boydautomotive.com.

Edward Jones - Financial Advisor: Ken Adams has been helping Henderson County with investment needs since 2001. His office is located at 1725 Brevard Road, Suite 2 in Hendersonville. Learn more at www.edwardjones.com.

Triangle Stop Food Stores is a locally owned group of clean neighborhood convenience stores which serves its customers with a smile and a promise that they will be treated as each of us would like to be treated. They have 10 locations across Henderson, Polk, and Transylvania County. Learn more at www.triangle-stop.com.