CarePartners Foundation – a non-profit foundation since 2003 – has changed its name to WNC Bridge Foundation (WNC Bridge).  The name change reflects our broader mission of providing funds to assist in meeting the health challenges of persons in the communities of Western North Carolina and to empower non-profits to impact individual and community wellness in those communities.

“The new name – WNC Bridge Foundation – allows us to emphasize our overall goal of forming partnerships in health with the 18 counties of Western North Carolina,” said Scott Buchanan, President, and CEO of WNC Bridge Foundation.  “As a non-profit with its roots in elder care, we remain committed to helping heal wounds, hold hands, and restore hearts—for the residents of Western North Carolina.”

Prior to changing its name to WNC Bridge Foundation, the foundation’s primary purpose was to support the service lines of CarePartners Health Services. Because CarePartners is part of the HCA transaction, the organization will no longer need financial assistance from the foundation. WNC Bridge will continue to support its other community works, including service lines that were originally part of CarePartners: Adult Day Services, Grief Support, and Music Therapy (now part of MountainCare).  WNC Bridge Foundation will also fundraise on behalf of the Rathbun House now operating as part of MountainCare, the only hospitality house in Western North Carolina.

It has been a privilege for the Foundation to disburse more than $20 million dollars since 2013 to support the service lines of CarePartners Health Services, which includes Adult Day, Home Health, Rehabilitation, Hospice, and the Solace Center. Because CarePartners Health Services is part of the HCA transaction, CarePartners will no longer need financial assistance from CarePartners Foundation. This change will allow the Foundation to evolve and grow in a way that will responsively meet the needs of our community and the people we serve.

While the Foundation will no longer be able to accept donations to support CarePartners, we will be able to receive donations for our other community works, including services lines that were originally part of CarePartners Health Services: Adult Day Services, Grief Support, and Music Therapy, now named MountainCare. We look forward to being able to support MountainCare’s valuable services and accept donations on their behalf, which also includes the Rathbun House.

As President of the Foundation, I am currently meeting with other local non-profits across the region to gain a better understanding of how they are assisting our neighbors and asking what role our Foundation can serve to support their success. Based on conservations I have already had with some of these organizations, I have no doubt the Foundation will continue to assist in providing funding to heal wounds, hold hands, and restore hearts for the young and old in Western North Carolina.

I look forward to your continued support of our Foundation and the meaningful work we have yet to accomplish. For questions regarding next steps for the Foundation contact, Natalie Clark, Donor Relations and Communication Officer for CarePartners Foundation, nclark@carepartnersfoundation.org or 828-277-4815.

P.S. Our Thrift Store and Estate Sales Services will continue serving the community. You can donate and shop at the store Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm.

Our Estate Sales Services program remains the same as well, giving our customers the consignment options we’ve always offered. The Estate Sales will continue every two weeks on Thursdays through Saturday. Thank you for your continued support of our store, which will now provide much-needed funds to the Adult Day and Grief Support Services of MountainCare.

Sincerely,

Scott Buchanan
President & CEO

With the signing of the Asset Purchase Agreement (APA) between Mission Health and HCA Healthcare, I want to emphasize that CarePartners Foundation remains committed to serving the post-acute healthcare needs of the people of Western North Carolina.

CarePartners Foundation will evolve and grow in a way that will responsively meet the needs of our community and the people we serve. I am proud of the work we have done and the funds that have been raised to provide care for those who need it most.

I want to take a moment to reflect on what the Foundation has accomplished:

  • Over the past ten years CarePartners Foundation has disbursed more than $20,071,396 in support of CarePartners Health Services.
  • In 2015, we provided all funding to open the first Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) in Western North Carolina.
  • Our $20 million investment in capital projects over the past ten years includes the CarePartners Hospice Solace Center, PACE building, Rehabilitation Hospital renovations, and the Orthotics and Prosthetics building.
  • We have granted $1,049,103 in community support to local organizations since 2008.
  • During the past ten years, the Foundation has provided $543,337 in scholarship support for local high school, AB Tech, and UNC Asheville students pursuing a degree in healthcare.

CarePartners Foundation’s greatest achievement is being able to assist in providing funding to heal wounds, hold hands and restore hearts for the young and old in Western North Carolina. In the weeks that follow, I look forward to the opportunity of working closely with our board to strategically evaluate and define what the role of CarePartners Foundation will be within the new healthcare landscape of our region. Please know the Foundation will be seeking your input as we look for dynamic ways to strengthen the role CarePartners Foundation will play in our community.

Finally, I would like to thank our board members, donors, volunteers, and CarePartners team members for all they do on behalf of CarePartners Foundation. You are the reason we have been able to do such amazing things, and you are the reason we will be able to accomplish so much in the years to come. For questions regarding next steps for CarePartners Foundation contact Natalie Clark, Donor Relations and Communication Officer for CarePartners Foundation, at nclark@carepartnersfoundation.org or 828-277-4815.

Sincerely,

Scott Buchanan
President & CEO

FAQ

Last Updated 3/12/19

The name change allows WNC Bridge Foundation to emphasize our overall goal of forming partnerships in health with the 18 counties of Western North Carolina. As a non-profit with roots in elder care, we remain committed to helping heal wounds, hold hands, and restore hearts—for the residents of Western North Carolina.

WNC Bridge Foundation’s mission is to provide funds to assist in meeting the health challenges of persons in the communities of Western North Carolina and to empower non-profits to impact individual and community wellness in those communities.

WNC Bridge Foundation will continue to fundraise for services lines that were originally part of CarePartners Health Services: Adult Day Services, Grief Support and Music Therapy (now named MountainCare) which also includes the Rathbun House.  WNC Bridge will also award grants, empowering local non-profits to impact individual and community health in the 18 counties of WNC.

Areas of Support Include:

  • MountainCare Adult Care, Grief Support, Music Therapy, and Rathbun House.

 

  • WNC’s Greatest Needs Fund – will provide resources for individual and community wellness.

 

  • You’re Special Fund – provides needed home health equipment to low-income recipients, allowing individuals to remain safely in their home.

 

 

Our Thrift Store and Estate Sales will continue serving the community. You can donate and shop at the wonderful store the same as before. Proceeds from our store will support Adult Day Services and Grief Support Services of MountainCare. These services were formerly a part of CarePartners and will continue to provide much needed support to our community.

Yes, the foundation will be providing grants to non-profits throughout the WNC 18-county region.  We want to address each community’s needs by listening and collaborating with non-profits who are experts in how resources can help their neighbors.  Our plans are to begin providing grants in late 2019. We will invite the non-profits we’ve been working with, and other strong, sustainable non-profit organizations with directions on how to submit requests for funding.  More information will be on our website soon.

Yes, we are excited to be hosting Drums and Dragons for its third year at Lake Julian in Asheville, NC on June 22. For the 2019 race, WNC Bridge Foundation’s focus will be on empowering non-profits to work together with one-another to bridge gaps, build community, and allow our WNC neighbors to live life more fully. Last year’s race helped raise close to $52,000, with all proceeds benefitting CarePartners Health Services designations and the patients they serve every day.

Over the past ten years the foundation has disbursed more than $20,071,396 in support of CarePartners Health Services and has granted $1,049,103 in community support to local organizations since 2008. The board consists of 21 members from across WNC who are engaged in their communities and active on other boards in the area.

Currently, we have signed a one-year lease to remain at our current location. We do plan on finding a new location after our lease expires.