The Arc receives Cannon Foundation grant

Dec 03, 2012

The Arc of Haywood County was awarded a $12,000 Cannon Foundation grant. The grant provided for repairs and replacement of The Arc main office roof.

In addition to housing the Arc administrative functions, the main office is also the home base for The Arc apartment living and supported employment programs. These are programs that support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities as they gain greater independence in the areas of living and working.

“We are so pleased that Cannon Foundation selected us for a grant this year. The new roof was badly needed,” stated executive director, Denise Coleman. “We are hoping that this will be the last major repair we will need for a while.”

As the costs of running a nonprofit continue to rise state funding and Medicaid payments no longer cover the expenses. Nonprofit agencies must continue to look for other ways to meet their expenses.

“We are fortunate to have a strong foundation like the Cannon Foundation in North Carolina that can assist us when we need to make major repairs to our group homes or office,” said Ron Phillips, board chair.

The Cannon Foundation was established in 1943 by the late Charles A. Cannon, president and chairman of Cannon Mills Company for more than 50 years. Cannon demonstrated his unwavering commitment to the people of Cabarrus County and the State of North Carolina through his philanthropy. The Cannon Foundation, Inc. began in 1943, as a corporate foundation, with giving focused on communities where Cannon Mills plants were located. Following the 1971 death of its founder, and the subsequent sale of the Cannon Mills Company, the foundation evolved into an independent foundation. Virtually all giving is in North Carolina. The foundation funds education, especially independent liberal arts colleges in the Piedmont and Western regions of the state as well as human and social service programs and organizations. For information visit

The Arc of Haywood County is a United Way agency and its mission is to serve and enrich the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. For information on the Arc, visit