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Who Got You Through?

Did you know that in Asheville and Buncombe County, children who live in poverty graduate from high school at a rate of 78% while their classmates graduate at a rate of more than 95%?  While every student faces challenges, those who live in poverty must navigate significantly more obstacles in order to make it to graduation. And graduation is critical; every student that doesn’t faces a life filled with greater obstacles - impacting their long-term health and income and often determining whether or not they live in poverty the rest of their life.

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Spotlight: Jean Jones

People who give of their personal time to care for others are among some of the best people in the world. Here at United Way, we get to meet a lot of those folks and we try to shine a spotlight on them - in thanks for what they do but also to inspire others.

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Volunteering at Enka Middle School

Lindsay Stalowy is entering her second year as a volunteer at Enka Middle School. Here's what she said about the experience:

"Volunteering as a Mentor at Enka Middle School has been delightfully rewarding for me," said Stalowy. "I meet with my mentee just once a week but the lives of these children can change dramatically in such short periods of time. She has opened my eyes to the struggles that young girls experience in our community."

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Epic Lip Sync Battle | Kickoff 2016

First Place Winners!!! Oh, how we all love The AsheVillage People, also known as the VanWinkle Law Firm. Other than practicing law, they pride themselves on giving back to the community. Van Winkle has been an excellent partner with United Way for many years. In addition to running a highly successful workplace campaign, Heather Goldstein serves on our campaign cabinet. Heather and some of her fellow colleagues performed a classic song from the 70’s, with a twist.

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Breakfast Buddy: John Kelly

John Kelly says that he ran out of excuses this past year when United Way offered a volunteer opportunity that fit in his work schedule:

“I value education and I believe in volunteerism but with the way my work schedule is, I couldn’t attend after-school tutoring programs. With Breakfast Buddies, I’m able to come to Enka Middle School before I head to work and I know it matters.”

Listen to John in his own words

Spotlight: Swati Patel's Family Supports Students

Every year our School Supply Drive gets bigger and bigger. Last year, as a result of this drive, 1,350 elementary and middle school aged children received a fully stocked backpack and extra materials were sent to local teachers. This year we reached a record setting 1,754! This is important for each child's experience on the first day of school but also for their families who are often struggling to keep food on the table or a roof over their head.

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College Bound

Michelle was ready to go back to school and finish her bachelor’s degree. Like so many others, Michelle had started college but her plans were sidelined by family health emergencies, financial setbacks and the birth of her beautiful daughter.

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