Western Carolina Community Action, Inc.

Giving people the power to transform their futures and live more fully in their community

aka WCCA   |   Hendersonvlle, NC   |  http://www.wcca.org

Mission

Working with communities and partners, WCCA improves people's lives by creating pathways to self-reliance and healthier living.

Ruling year info

1966

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. David White

Main address

PO Box 685

Hendersonvlle, NC 28793 USA

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EIN

56-0846319

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Housing Expense Reduction Support, Rent Assistance (L82)

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Housing

A safe, affordable place to live is a critical element for a healthy life. WCCA administers the Housing Choice Program (Section-8 Voucher) in both Henderson and Transylvania Counties. Each day, we work with single parents, low-income families, veterans, the elderly and disabled to help them locate and secure safe, suitable housing.

WCCA is a strong advocate for safe, affordable housing and has been designated as a High Performer by the Federal HUD program for 19 years in a row! We work closely with both landlords and tenants to inspect housing units, mediate issues or disputes, promote good relations, and help all parties understand their rights and responsibilities.

More than 600 households receive rental assistance vouchers annually through WCCA. Our caring caseworkers continue to work closely with these clients to encourage them to follow their dreams, access additional resources and set them on the path to self-sufficiency.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Homeless people

In 1964, WCCA began offering early childhood education programs to economically disadvantaged families in Henderson County. Today, with 17 early learning centers and partnerships with local childcare providers, WCCA serves over 800 children annually throughout a four county region.

WCCA's Children's Services programs include Early Head Start (under age 3), Head Start (3-5 yrs.), NC Pre-K (4-5yrs.), and wrap-around (after hours) care for working families. Each of these programs nurtures and tracks development across 6 domains - Social/Emotional, Physical, Language, Cognitive, Literacy and Mathematics in order to prepare children for transition into Kindergarten and long-term success in school.

The North Carolina First 2,000 Days study noted the critical importance of early learning and reported that for every $1.00 invested in high quality early childhood education programs, there is a $7.00 return! Increasing a child's chances for success means less money spent on remedial education, teen pregnancies and prisons.

While Federal grants provide 80 cents of each dollar spent for Early Childhood Education program, WCCA must depend on the generosity of our community to raise the remaining share of financial and in-kind support needed to help our children succeed! An investment in early childhood learning can make a lasting change in a child's future!

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Economically disadvantaged people

Apple Country Transportation operates Monday through Friday in Henderson County and provides a variety of transportation services including Public Transit over 3 regular hourly routes, Para-Transit transportation for the elderly and/or disabled for medical appointments, shopping or general needs. Apple Country serves remote areas of Henderson County through its Rural Operating Assistance program (ROAP) and Title 3 Older Americans Act Transportation programs.

Each year, Apple Country makes over 5,000 Para-Transit trips in our ADA-compliant, handicap accessible vans to help our disabled neighbors get to medical appointments, job training, shopping and community destinations!

In 2019, Apple Country Transit drove 114,093 passengers over 363,298 miles to go to work, school, congregate meal programs, grocery shopping, and to other destinations!

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
People with physical disabilities

Older Adults Services operates in Transylvania County with 2 congregate meal programs, a Mobile Meals delivery program, Liquid Nutrition supplement program, and Serve our Seniors community center activities program at Quebec. In addition, we provide garden vouchers, fans, and boxed meals for our elderly neighbors. These programs are meant to help seniors (age 60+) stay healthy and thrive in their homes and in their community.

With the help of a small army of caring volunteers, Older Adults Services provides nutrition, socialization opportunities and connection to community resources for over 1,200 seniors annually in Transylvania County. Program support comes through public funding, community grants, and private donations. In addition, proceeds raised from the Tiger Town Thrift Store in Rosman, NC are essential to supporting our work with seniors.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
People with disabilities

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Financials

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Western Carolina Community Action, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 7/22/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Kim Wilson

Polk County Dept. of Social Services

Term: 2020 - 2023


Board co-chair

Ms. Annie Fritschner

Henderson County Board of Commissioners

Term: 2020 - 2024

Shelby Ball

Henderson Co. Head Start Policy Council

Noah Rose

WNC Regional Transportation Committee

Kelly Johnson

Henderson Co.

Debbie McCrary

Transylvania Co.

Rhodney Norman

Brevard Housing Authority

Katherine Parnell

Brevard College

Barbra Toler

Head Start Policy Council

Alan Wilson

Transylvania Co. Board of Commissioners

Kelly Burgin

CDSA of WNC

Luke Huntley

Section 8 Housing

Shannon Perry

Access Marketing Co.

Matt Ballance

City of Asheville

Lora Baker

Feagan Law Firm

Donecia Santana

Henderson Co. DSS

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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