If you have been on any of our social media pages lately you've seen a lot of buzz about our annual school supply drive. This event is a fun and rewarding project that aims to send 2,000 students back to school with full stocked backbacks this year alone. This event benefits students who will have the tools they need to succeed and provides financial respite to families and even their teachers.
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We love puttting the spotlight on some of our standout volunteers and donors. Kathy Volatile is one of those people. She has been a great supporter of our work and Women United and we hope you get the chance to meet her at one of our next events.
Pictured: Kathy and her husband (and former United Way board chair) Dr. Leon Elliston.
When asked to identify a transformational moment from 2016, Marla Browne, our teammate and NC 2-1-1’s Asheville Call Center director, didn’t hesitate; “Hurricane Matthew” was her response.
This is not a drill
This was the first time North Carolina’s statewide Emergency Management department utilized NC 2-1-1 to serve as a support service during a disaster response.
United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County is a co-founder and ongoing supporter of WNC Nonprofit Pathways. This organization is dedicated to the ongoing support and cultivation of the nonprofit sector in our region. We know what a valuable resource this is for our region, but there's nothing like an in-person testimonial to drive the point home.
How many of us have fallen head-over-heels for a book? There is nothing like joy that comes from the emotions and relationships between characters, the sights and sounds of a new fictional world, the magnitude of historic moments in our history, or the chance to explore the tiniest mysteries of this planet through the eyes of scientists.
Carolina Public Press, a local nonprofit, nonpartisan news outlet, hosted a forum on the issues of hunger, food deserts and food insecurity. You can watch the entire forum below but several of our staff members were there and we wanted to share some thoughts about the topic and issues raised at the event.
Everyone should be able to see a doctor when they need to. But for many Americans this is not possible because they do not have healthcare coverage.
A few weeks ago I was asked if I would join other nonprofit organizations and sign the following letter on behalf of United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County. The letter, crafted by Lael Gray of the Asheville Jewish Community Center, spoke beautifully to our collective resolve against divisiveness and offered a message of light and love in troubling times.
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.