Mountain Roots

Mountain Roots is a local educational non-profit that provides discovery and outdoor learning experiences for youth, teens and their families in Transylvania County. It operates 50 weeks a year providing programs for every local public elementary school and summer day camps for children, as well as leadership and group development retreats and workshops for community groups and schools.

Lake Toxaway Charities awarded a grant in 2020 to provide for outdoor education for K-4th students in all Transylvania County Elementary Schools. In addition to the 2020 operational grant, Lake Toxaway Charities extended an emergency COVID grant to provide immediate relief to families struggling during the Coronavirus pandemic.

In year 2021 Lake Toxaway Charities supported an initiative to provide Outdoor Education programs to K-4 students at all Transylvania County (TCS) Elementary Schools in the 2021-22 school year. Lake Toxaway Charities also provided for 21 day camp scholarships to underprivileged students in Transylvania County–including in collaboration with El Centro & Rise and Shine programs as well as upon recommendation of students from the counselors at all four of our outreach schools. In addition Lake Toxaway Charities extended its continued support of the Family Support initiative. to provide help to families / parents (and other individuals) who are reacting to additional stressors and mental health challenges with our changing world. Mountain Roots has established a successful program in reaching out to provide support and ideas for boosting mood and fun family activities, etc.

2023 Grant Recipients:

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