Brevard, NC April 20, 2010—Ash Grove Mountain Cabins & Camping has announced their “Camping for a Cause” program, in which they will donate all site-rental monies from their campsites on Saturday, May 8th, to the local non-profit The Haven of Transylvania County, which is building a new homeless shelter.
Steven Dugard, co-owner of Ash Grove, said, “One of the first things I do at the beginning of every month is make a donation to a charity, so this is just a natural extension of that policy”. He added, “ It saddens me that we have need for a homeless shelter in Transylvania County, but I am grateful to the folks at The Haven for their hard work in filling that need.” Mark Henry, Ash Grove's other owner, stated, “Our campsites are usually full on weekends this time of year, so we are hoping to provide a good donation to The Haven.”
Ash Grove is promoting the “Camping for a Cause” program on it's website, blog and Facebook page, as well as sending email announcements to their large customer base. “We are asking our regular guests to make a donation to The Haven, even if they can't come camping that night”, Mr. Henry said.
Plans are for 2 events per year, one in spring, the other in autumn. Ash Grove will choose a different charity or non-profit for each event. “On the worldwide front, we regularly contribute to Kiva, which makes micro-loans to entrepreneurs in impoverished areas, and Heifer International, which provides livestock and other animals to individuals and villages, helping them become self-sufficient, so we will probably make this an event to support local organizations”, Mr. Dugard stated.
The Haven is raising funds and finalizing the process required to build the shelter on land that they have leased from The Bread of Life on S. Caldwell St. in Brevard. More information, contact and donation information for The Haven can be found at www.thehavenshelter.org. To make reservations for Ash Grove Mountain Cabins & Camping's “Camping for a Cause” event in May, contact Ash Grove at www.ash-grove.com or 828-885-7216. The fall camping date will be announced later.