Local Nonprofit Donates to Local Nonprofit to Help End Homelessness
Ten Thousand Villages gave $1,181.63 to Homeward Bound this holiday season to support its work to end homelessness in Asheville & Buncombe County.
The two nonprofits have a long-standing relationship. Each December, Ten Thousand Villages hosts several local nonprofits for Community Shopping Nights, where the guest nonprofit receives 15% of all sales at Ten Thousand Villages that evening. This December marked Homeward Bound’s 7th year as the beneficiary of a Community Shopping Night.
But the recent donation of $1,181.63 was above and beyond Community Shopping Night contributions. As a self-sustaining nonprofit, Ten Thousand Villages has elected to share its ‘profit’ each year with local nonprofits whose work benefits the community. Nominations are made by volunteers at Ten Thousand Villages, and this year’s nominations included Homeward Bound.
Homeward Bound and Ten Thousand Villages share a commitment to alleviating poverty. Both organizations are focused on sustainable solutions to poverty and on delivering those solutions through empowering relationships. Brian Alexander, Homeward Bound’s Executive Director, said, “Relationships are how we all get things done. When people lack relationships, they lack access to opportunities and resources. Because we focus on building relationships with clients, we’re able to end homelessness in Asheville. But we can’t do that without community support, and we’re grateful for relationships with organizations like Ten Thousand Villages that help us get the job done.”
Ten Thousand Villages is a fair trade retailer of artisan crafts; the Asheville store is part of a national network of retailers selling Ten Thousand Villages products. Homeward Bound is a local nonprofit dedicated to ending homelessness in Asheville & Buncombe County by moving people into permanent housing and providing support to help them stabilize and stay housed. For more information, visit www.asheville.tenthousandvillages.com and www.hbofa.org.