The High Country Charitable Foundation has awarded more than $550,000 to a number of Avery County organizations.

High Country Press reports Linville Volunteer Fire and Rescue, Hunger and Health Coalition, Banner Elk Book Exchange, OASIS, Spirit Ride Therapeutic Riding Center, Western Youth Network, Hill Learning Center, and Holston Presbytery Camp and Retreat Center all received funding.

The High Country Charitable Foundation was organized by a group of Avery residents, and receives no government funding or assistance.

All funds come from donations, to help local non-profit organizations and programs.