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Good Citizenship: In Advocacy We Trust

by Ron Katz
Focus Area Manager

As Independence Day approaches, I started to think about my work at United Way and all of the amazing volunteers I have the pleasure to work alongside. These citizens of our community understand everyone deserves opportunities to have a good life: a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health. They take that understanding further by advocating for lasting change.


We Take the Cold Water Challenge

You might have heard something called the Cold Water Challenge is making the rounds in Asheville. People have adapted the classic Polar Plunge to the warm weather. You get challenged by a "friend" to pay $10 to the nonprofit of your choice and get ice cold water dumped on you. We're pretty generous and would normally just donate the $10, but you are required to donate $100 to the charity of the challenger’s choosing if you opt out of the water part.


Lessons Learned By United Way Fathers

There are studies about the importance of parents' impact on the well-being of their children. Cognitive ability, educational achievement, psychological well-being and social behavior are all affected during kids' formative years. But what impact do children have on their parents? This Father's Day, a few of the fathers at United Way reflected on what they've gotten out of fatherhood.

My Year as an AmeriCorps VISTA Member

Middle school youth are my favorite age group to work with because of their desire to learn and play at the same time. In this age group students are undergoing immense physical, emotional, and intellectual changes and it can be a difficult time for everyone including students, parents, families and teachers.