Partner Agencies

Alliance for Children & Youth – CIS

The mission of the Alliance for Children & Youth / Communities In Schools is to surround students with a community of support empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Communities In Schools (CIS) is a nationally recognized dropout prevention program designed to give at-risk students wrap-around case management services in schools that are identified as Title I. The Communities In Schools program offers tutoring, mentoring, basic life skills classes, school supplies, clothing closets, parent resources, and any other community resources to help at-risk students raise their grades, test scores and ultimately stay on track to graduate from high school and become a productive member of society. Students participating in CIS generally raise their grades at least one letter grade, raise their End of Course test scores, and reduce absences and incidents of behaviors. We believe that the only way things will change is through community partnerships and collaboration.

Call: 704-867-3512

Alternative Community Penalties Program, Inc. (A.C.P.P., Inc.)

Alternative Community Penalties Program, Inc. (A.C.P.P., Inc.) provides information assessment, linkage, and services to individuals assigned by the courts. Services include education, employment, treatment, and counseling. The primary emphasis is on community safety and restorative justice for citizens of Gaston County.

Call: 704-671-1030

American Red Cross – Gaston County Chapter

American Red Cross – Gaston County Chapter provides disaster relief including single family fire assistance; an emergency message service for military families; blood services; CPR, first aid, Automated External Defibrillation (AED), lifeguard training, water safety, preventing disease transmission and HIV/Aids education, and youth programs.

Call: 704-864-2623

The Arc of Gaston County

The Arc of Gaston County helps children and adults with developmental disabilities to achieve success by linking them with social, educational, and health related resources based on their need. Our programs include: a specialized summer camp, financial assistance, and disability awareness and education. 

Call: 704-861-1036

Bessemer City Area Crisis Center

Bessemer City Area Crisis Center offers help to the needy in the Bessemer City area by providing free clothing and financial assistance for utilities and medicine, including: life maintenance needs, food, senior food program and information and referral.

Call: 704-629-2147 

Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Gaston

Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Gaston provides after school and summer youth developmental programs for members ages 6-18, that incorporate education and career development, character and leadership development, health and life skills, sports, fitness, and recreation, and the arts.

Call: 704-864-6171 (Main Office & West Gastonia Club, Gastonia), 980-320-8388 (Bradley Teen Center), or 704-629-5663 (Bessemer City Club, Bessemer City).

Cancer Services of Gaston County, Inc.

Cancer Services of Gaston County, Inc. provides cancer patients with medication assistance, supplies, medical equipment, and support group programs. Provides cancer prevention and detection programs and contributes to cancer research.

Call: 704-864-1271

The Center:  Day Care Services for Adults

The Center provides daytime supervision and socialization for older adults assisting families that are primary care providers in cooperation with Gaston County Department of Social Services.

Call: 704-827-9148 (Mt. Holly) or 704-866-3677 (Gastonia)

Cherryville Area Ministries and Thrift Shop

Cherryville Area Ministries and Thrift Shop offers help to those in need in the Cherryville area, by providing free clothing and financial assistance for rent, utilities medicine and food. It also operates thrift shop. Transportation for senior citizens is available.

Call: 704-435-3816 

Dallas Christian Ministry

Dallas Christian Ministry offers help to the needy in the Dallas area, by providing free clothing and financial assistance for utilities, medicine and food.

Call: 704-922-1236

Flynn Fellowship Home

The Flynn Fellowship Home provides residential care to recovering alcoholic men through fellowship with other recovering alcoholics, counseling and Alcoholics Anonymous.

Call: 704-865-9395

Gaston County Family YMCA

Gaston County Family YMCA puts Christian principles into practice through family child care, fitness, sports, aquatics, teens, and senior programming at locations in Gastonia and Belmont.

Call: 704-865-8551

Gaston Hospice

Gaston Hospice provides nursing, social, spiritual, and bereavement services to terminally ill persons and their families, and promotes quality of life focusing on pain and symptom management. They have a Grief Counseling center, and also provide Resource Management to HIV/AIDS clients.

Call: 704-861-8405

Gaston Literacy Council

The Gaston Literacy Council prepares volunteers to tutor basic reading, writing, and math skills and also English as a second language. It serves adults who are 18 and older who have less than a high school diploma, individuals for who English is not their first language, and second graders within the school system.

Call: 704-868-4815

Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont

Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont offers to girls ages 5-17 an informal educational and recreational and career-building program that is designed to help girls develop values and skills for success in the real world.

Call: 704-864-3245

Heart Society of Gaston County

The Heart Society provides programs that increase awareness of cardiac disease and promote a heart healthy lifestyle. It also provides financial assistance for heart medication for Gaston County residents in crisis situations.

Call: 704-865-1214

Mount Holly Community Relief Organization

Mount Holly Community Relief Organization provides emergency assistance for rent, utilities, medicine and food in Mount Holly and surrounding areas.

Call: 704-827-0450

Piedmont Council, Boy Scouts of America

Piedmont Council through the Boy Scouts of America builds character development, citizenship, leadership, and fitness of mind and body through participation in weekly meetings, camping, and enrichment opportunities.

Call: 704-864-2694

S.O.C.K.S. (Serving Our Community with Kindness in Springwood)

S.O.C.K.S. provides assistance for food, clothing, utilities, medicine, and hospital supplies in the Springwood area of Gaston County.

Call: 704-827-8780

Salvation Army Center of Hope

Salvation Army Center of Hope provides assistance with utilities, rent, medicine, food, and clothing to residents of Gaston and Lincoln Counties in emergency situations. They also provide temporary emergency shelter for men, women and families, as well as breakfast, lunch, and dinner through the soup kitchen for anyone who is hungry, seven days per week. There are also Christian-based programs for all ages based on four fold programs: Fellowship, Service, Education, and Worship.

Call: 704-867-6145

Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs

Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs provide organized programs of recreation, athletics and educational, social, cultural and other special activities to promote character development for boys and girls ages 6-18.

Call: 704-824-4773