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Family Resource Center Gets Funding Boost
Family Resource Center Gets Funding Boost
Posted on 08/26/2020
Members of the Children's Welfare League present a check to BCS Family Resource Coordinator Shannon Boyd (second from right).By Tim Reaves
BCS Communications Department

The Buncombe County Schools Family Resource Center (FRC) continues to help hundreds of families with food and other basic needs thanks to stalwart community organizations.

On Monday, Children’s Welfare League (CWL) President Debbie Hefner and other members presented an $8,000 check to FRC Coordinator Shannon Boyd at Biltmore Church’s Arden campus. The social welfare organization, serving Asheville and Buncombe County children since 1923, has donated around $20,000 to the FRC during the COVID-19 crisis. Ms. Boyd has used the funding to purchase and deliver thousands of food boxes to families with barriers that prevent them from reaching BCS food sites.

“Everything we’ve been able to do through the Family Resource Center has been because of the care and generosity of groups like Children’s Welfare League,” Ms. Boyd said. “All the food and all the supplies – hygiene, diapers, cleaning supplies, basic things that people need – all of that came from supply or monetary donations.”

CWL collaborates with school counselors to provide monthly stipends, scholarships, school supplies, and more to high school students in good academic standing with demonstrated financial need.

“We want to see them succeed, and we want them to know that they have support,” said CWL President-elect Shelia Elingburg. “We’re in their corner, rooting for them.”

Ms. Elingburg thanked the Walnut Cove Members Association for donating much of the CWL funding that ultimately reached families through the FRC.

Buncombe County Schools is in the process of reviewing its website to ensure compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Buncombe County Schools does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs or activities and is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 and federal regulations to not discriminate in such a manner. This requirement extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its implementing federal regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator and/or the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education. The Title IX Coordinator's contact information is: Shanon Martin, shanon.martin@bcsemail.org, 828-255-5918, 175 Bingham Road, Asheville, NC 28806.

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