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Mountain Findings of  Highlands, North Carolina

Welcome to Mountain Findings in Highlands, North Carolina, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to serving our community since 1969. Thanks to our generous donors, our volunteers have raised an astounding $5.5 million in over half a century. Our mission is to inspire and support our community through proactive engagement and to create a lasting impact with meaningful change. Whether you're interested in volunteering, donating, or seeking a grant for your organization or scholarship, we're here to assist!

Our Community Thrift Store welcomes thousands of donated items annually. Feel free to visit and discover the treasures we have in store for you.

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Making A Difference With Your Help!

You may drop off donations at your convenience.  Just pull around to the back of Mountain Findings.  Place items near the garage door.  We can email or mail you a tax donation form if needed. 


Schedule a pick-up by calling Mountain Findings at (828) 526-9929.  Leave a message and someone will contact you.

We DO NOT accept paint, TVs, mattresses, chemicals, clothing, batteries, or other hazardous materials.



Each year our 100% volunteer-run organization thrives due to our volunteers who unselfishly donate collectively an estimated 10,000 hours in running the Community Thrift Store.  This represents a $250,000 value.  


Annually, our community Thrift Store receives thousands of donated items to resale.  We believe that a single action can make a difference in the community. Our team of nearly 80 - active volunteers working tirelessly to contribute their part to the greater good. 

Volunteers are needed to help in organizing, pricing, cleaning, pick-up, working on days open to the public, and much more. 

How to Volunteer or Receive More Information


We are always needing volunteers to cover a variety of positions. If you have time to volunteer, please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Lynda McNeeley.  Call 828-526-9929.

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Mountain Findings
Grants & Scholarships

In the awarding of grants and scholarships, Mountain Findings, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed),

gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, sexual orientation or military status.


Mountain Findings awards four Highlands High School Seniors $50,000 in Scholarships 2024

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Mr. Cooper Hall (center) receives $20,000, 2-year College Scholarship from Mountain Findings members Steve Parnell, Jill Helmer, Katy Postell, and John Warner with a challenge.  If Cooper decides to continue his education towards a BS degree, Mountain Findings will cover $20,000 for the remaining two years.

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Mountain Findings Members Katy Postell, Steve Parnell, John Warner, and Jill Helmer along with scholarship award recipients Annamaria Silverthorn, Caitlin Tingen, Brooke Fogarty, and Cooper Hall

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Mountain Findings President, Jill Helmer presents a $25,000 donation to Literacy & Learning Center Executive Director, Bonnie Potts

Mountain Findings Donates to Combat Food Insecurity

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​2024 Grant Recipients

  • Appalachian Animal Rescue Center

  • Appalachian Wildlife Refuge

  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters of WNC

  • Blue Ridge Free Dental Clinic 

  • Boys and Girls Club of the Plateau

  • Carpe Diem Farms

  • Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society

  • Community Care Clinic of Highlands-Cashiers

  • Counseling Center of Highlands

  • Glenville Cashiers Rescue Squad

  • Highlands Emergency Council

  • Highlands Historical Society

  • Highlands Plateau Greenway

  • Highlands School Athletic Booster Club

  • Highlands School Fellowship of Christian Athletes

  • Highlands School Parent-Teacher Organization

  • Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival

  • Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust

  • Highlands-Cashiers Players

  • International Friendship Center

  • Literacy  and Learning Center

  • Magnolia Mission

  • Mainspring Conservation Trust

  • PAC Educational Theatre

  • PAWSITIVE Shelter Volunteers of Macon County

  • Peggy Crosby Community Service Center

  • REACH of Macon County

  • Sky Valley-Scaly Mountain Volunteer Fire & Rescue

  • The Gordon Center for Children

  • Town of Highlands Recreation Department

  • Wreaths Across America, Highlands

In 2024, Mountain Findings awarded to qualifying organizations nearly $369,000 to these organizations, thanks to the thousands of donations received by Mountain Findings. 

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Grants Program


Organizations interested in grant information should contact The 2024 Grant Process is CLOSED as of January 2, 2024.


Mountain Findings’ Grants Program provides funding for projects that strengthen the Highlands-Cashiers, NC community, especially for the economically distressed or disadvantaged, including animals.

We assist organizations that:

  • Serve local populations for which our limited funding will make a significant impact.

  • Seek to improve the lives of others without imposing religious views or persuasion.

  • Lack a well-organized fundraising arm.

  • Provide resources and services free to the disadvantaged within the local community.

  • Rely on the help of volunteers.

  • Duplication of services already funded will be given low priority.


Priority is given to these focus areas:

  • Human welfare

  • Youth enrichment

  • ​Conservation and the Environment

  • Animal welfare

  • Cultural Enrichment

  • Civic engagement

  • Public Safety



Eligible applicants are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and government entities.


Organizations serving a regional population may be considered when evidence of the grant’s direct impact on the Highlands Plateau is provided.

Grant funding may not be used for employee travel expenses, contract wages or staff salaries.


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Contact Mountain Findings of Highlands, North Carolina

432 Spruce Street, Highlands, NC 28741 (physical)

452 Spruce Street, Highlands, NC 28741 (mailing)

(828) 526-9929

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