Why Cashiers Cares?

Jackson County is situated in one of the most beautiful areas of the country. The Blue Ridge Parkway, abundant lakes and streams, national forests and temperate summer climate make it one of biggest second home and affluent communities in the country. Yet within those same borders there exists a shadow community with a 22% poverty rate that doesn't begin to tell the story.

The southern half of the county, which includes the Cashiers area, doesn't have the public infrastructure and safety net for the less fortunate that even the northern part of the county has. And, neither has the infrastructure of a larger city. Because of this, there exists a number of specialized charitable organizations that try to fill that gap. Most are smaller organizations and worthy of our support.

Since its inception in 2008, Cashiers Cares has raised over $500,000 benefitting the residents of our community, and has recieved support from the Trillium Families since 2020.

Trillium Club Inaugural Golf Tournament

Monday Sept. 19, 2022
To Benefit Cashiers Cares. Limited to first 100 players.
Download the flyer here for more information and a Tournament Entry Form!!

What Is Cashiers Cares?

In 2008, the Cashiers United Methodist Church, St. Jude Catholic Church, the Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church and Christ Church of the Valley got together to provide the seed money to form a fund raising group to support needy charitable organizations in the area. Today we are on our own after they got us off the ground years ago. 100% of the contributions made by our contributors are directly passed on to our supported charities.

Cashiers Cares is a community based organization raising funds and awareness for select charitable organizations both large and small serving the residents of the Cashiers and southern Jackson County area. Because of financial support from the Church of the Good Shepherd, the Cashiers United Methodist Church and the St. Jude Catholic Church, 100% of your donation goes directly to the charities of your choice.

Cashiers Cares, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and has three purposes:

  1. We raise funds for our selected charitable organizations
  2. We raise awareness in the community for these organizations
  3. We facilitate communication and cooperation between the organizations in ways that multiplies the value of the services they individually provide to their constituents charitable organizations both large and small who are serving the residents of the Cashiers and southern Jackson County area.

We're hoping you'll consider supporting the good work Cashiers Cares, Inc. does by donating or sharing with others who'd like to help!

Who Do We Support?

Our current roster of charitable organizations provide free dental and medical services, food and emergency financial help for families, safe havens from domestic and sexual violence, transitional help for women, literacy and tutoring programs for children and adults, advocacy for children suffering from sexual and physical abuse, and help for children in need of a mentor. The agencies you see below are visited regularly, providing us the opportunity to review their accomplishments, observe their operations and learn of their plans and hopes for the future.


Facilitates and coordinates programs that intervene and protect children who are victims of abuse in Jackson County.

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To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

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Where each parent matters and every child is special.

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We create a rich and challenging emergent curriculum that cultivates lifelong learning in a safe, healthy, and caring environment that respcts the unique personalities of each child.

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Community Care Clinic is a free medical clinic open two days a week that assists people in need with basic health care, especially for diabetes and hypertension.

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Helps alleviate hunger, providing free food to people in the area who fall below the poverty line based on family size and monthly income.

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Offers palliative care and emotional, social and spiritual support for patients and their families in end-of-life scenarios.

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We are a non-profit that provides free civil legal aid to the most vulnerable people in Western North Carolina.

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Provides support, respect and shelter for victims of domestic violence. It also aids in prevention through education, advocacy, and appropriate intervention.

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Ministers to the needs of residents in thimes of emergence by providing food, household supplies, and personal items for all ages. They also assist with the cost of utilities and rent.

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Cashiers Cares Board Members

Pam Kerr, Board Chair
Danie Beck
Vickie Bell
Mary Jane Bills
Maria Chasins
Katherine Gamble
Nora Jones
Melanie Jones
Ann Miller
Jan Newton
Cathy Peacock
Melissa Reed
Amanda Sentell
Nancy Tripp