Community Partners

Better Dads Festival is proud to partner with the following organizations. Each Community Partner will have a presence at the festival. Please stop by and visit. If your organization is interested in participating, please click here to apply.
ManKind Project USA – The ManKind Project is men’s community for the 21st Century. MKP is a nonprofit training and education organization with three decades of proven success hosting life-changing experiential personal development programs for men. MKP supports a global network of free peer-facilitated men’s groups and supports men in leading lives of integrity, authenticity, and service.

The Asheville City Market moved to a new location: North Market Street between Woodfin Street and Walnut Street! The freshest, best-tasting food in the area now takes over one block of downtown Asheville every Saturday morning. You’ll still find your favorite vendors of farm-fresh produce, meat, dairy, and local artisan products, as well as brand-new offerings in the expanded market.

Asheville Farmstead School is a non-profit outdoor farm-based school designed to teach homesteading, natural sciences, life skills, sustainability, and agriculture to children and families. Asheville Farmstead is located on 25 acres of forested land tucked in a quiet cove 20 minutes from downtown Asheville.
Aspire Youth & Family, Inc – Our mission at Aspire Youth & Family is to assist young people in overcoming behavioral, emotional, or substance abuse obstacles, so they may realize their full potential.  We provide counseling, life skills development, and education through experience, in a supportive environment that emphasizes the strengths of each individual.  We also help our clients and their families strengthen their relationships through family counseling, family events, and parent support groups. Our staff works together as a team with commitment, honesty, and patience to serve as good partners for our clients.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC works to transform children’s lives with mentoring and supportive services. Striving to ensure that every child in WNC has a long-term relationship with a caring adult who believes in them and sees their potential, BBBS of WNC matches mentors with children from diverse home environments and provides training and support services for both children and families. With over 334 programs in the United States, BBBS locally has served over 13,000 children. Current BBBS of WNC seeks more mentors (“Bigs”) for boys and has room for more girls (“Littles”) to be matched with women Bigs.
Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Buncombe County serves to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. Core programs areas include character & leadership, education & career, health & life skills, the arts, sports, fitness & recreation and programs to meet those with specific needs. Specific programs include Afterschool Enrichment, Summer Day Camp, Teen Program and Athletic Programs.
Buncombe County Health & Human Services knows that strong families are vital to the success of our community. As parents and professionals themselves, they partner with our community to support the safety, health, and self-sufficiency of Buncombe County. BCHHS is known for providing a range of essential services such as social work services, public health services, and economic services/work first programs. BCHHS also supports community driven efforts, such as the Better Dads Festival, that improve parenting capacity that help to make Buncombe County a better place for children and families to live, learn, work, pray, and play.
Earth Path Education offers inspiring nature-based education to people of all ages and nature-based rites of passage and empowerment programs to girls and young women. With various programs, camps, celebrations and gatherings for ages 6 to adult, Earth Path Education nourishes connection to our natural selves and the natural world, thus strengthening our communities.
Head Start – Under the umbrella of Community Action Opportunities, the Head Start program promotes school readiness of children under 5 from low-income families through education, health, social and other services. Children are supported in many aspects of their social and emotional development as well as through health screenings, nutritious meals and mental health support. Parents and families are supported in achieving their own goals, such as housing stability, continued education, and financial security. Programs support and strengthen parent-child relationships and engage families around children’s learning and development.
Helpmate provides services to victims of domestic violence in Buncombe County through emergency shelter, individual and group counseling, court advocacy, training of professionals and community leaders as well as preventative education for at-risk groups. Although women make up the majority of domestic violence victims, men are targeted at significant rates and certainly children suffer from direct and indirect exposure. Helpmate works to assist all these populations and all of us (especially men!) can help.!
Journeymen Asheville mentors at-risk adolescent males (ages 12-17) during their transformation to becoming men of integrity. Their mentors model authentic masculinity and nurture self-awareness and emotional growth, while challenging and assisting boys to discover their unique gifts. Journeymen runs Rites of Passage Adventure Weekends and ongoing mentoring meetings and outings.
Gateway Buncombe National Fatherhood Initiative Program offers the highest quality and widest range of responsible fatherhood skill-building resources,programs, training, and technical assistance available. Together, we can create a world in which every child has a 24/7 Dad.
Planned Parenthood South Atlantic is a private, nonprofit family planning agency that respects and protects the rights of each woman and man to make informed reproductive decisions. Their mission is to provide accessible, high-quality health care and information to clients and to serve as advocate and educator to the community on responsible human sexuality. Planned Parenthood’s programs include compassionate, caring and confidential medical services, balanced sexuality education for adolescents, and advocacy for public policies that support each citizen’s right to make informed decisions regarding their health.

Pisgah Legal Services is a nonprofit that provides free civil legal aid to the most vulnerable people in WNC: disadvantaged children, seniors, at risk families & domestic violence victims.

Prison Fathers and HACA Fathers Groups

Safelight is a nonprofit agency that provides support for survivors of interpersonal violence, sexual assault and child abuse. We make it possible for families who want to be free of violent relationships, to succeed. We make hope real.

At Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts, we offer a martial arts practice that is healthy on all levels, building a smart body, strong mind and soft heart. We believe that everyone can be beautiful, powerful and intelligent all at the same time. Our mission is to make the greatest positive difference for the greatest number of people. Our school has one of the largest memberships for both children and adults in all of Asheville. 

Toybrary of Asheville is a toy-lending and play center with a mobile outreach unit. Families bring their children to the Toybrary to play with other children and to borrow toys to take home. The Center provides a safe, nurturing, and inclusive environment for young children of all abilities and socio-economic differences to optimize their cognitive, social, physical, emotional, and/or special needs development.
Woman Within Eastern USA (WWE) is a non-profit organization comprised of women from Maine to Florida who have experienced the Woman Within Weekend and choose to be a part of a community that supports women on the path to personal growth and enrichment. WWE provides opportunities for women to support transformation within themselves and others. We also create an environment that celebrates and supports women in their life’s journey, welcoming and honoring individuals from all walks of life in an inclusive community whose values reflect integrity, accountability, compassion and love. Following completion of the Woman Within Weekend, the gateway to our community, members are welcome to participate in a variety of WWE community events and workshops including  Empowered Leadership for Women. Join us and see how your life could be different
Mountain Child Advocacy Center – is setting the standard for the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. Each year we teach over 9,000 children in Buncombe County how to protect themselves with highly interactive, research based classes that educate and empower kids. When abuse does occur, we provide immediate access to free, evidenced based therapies that help children heal.

My Daddy Taught Me That – A youth development program designed to support young males, ages 12-19,  through advocacy, education, and mentoring.

For information on the event and sponsorship opportunities:

Tim Chumley - Festival Director
804-519-2810 • Email