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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 Why Breakfast Buddies? In the... Read More
Over the last few weeks, and years, we’ve watched over and over again, footage of people running in fear, writhing in pain, and dying at the hands of another. The locations and details change, but the agony is the same for all involved and those that love them. We pause for lives lost when we have a point of connection; family, friends, pop culture icons, victims of natural disasters and tragic accidents. All too frequently now we pause for... Read More
Loaned Executives serve as United Way ambassadors, helping to convey and achieve vital goals in education, income, and health that benefit the entire community. Each year, an incredible group of people fill some very important roles in the community. We call them Loaned Executives and they are professional-level, temporary fundraisers. They are often the first faces many think of when they think of United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County. In... Read More
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... Read More
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. Seven years passed, and Michelle knows she will have more opportunities for advancement with her employer - if she finishes her degree. Michelle is the sole caretaker for her daughter and grandmother and... Read More
Ed’s son, John, lost his only child, his marriage and his job. John’s been drinking regularly and started saying things that made Ed believe he would take his own life. Our 2-1-1 referral specialist was able to connect John to a mobile crisis team that could get him that help, right away. When our referral specialist followed up a few weeks later to see how everything was going, he told her: “I’ve lost so much; it’s been hard to see anything... Read More
In the fall, we placed our first full-time Resource Coordinator at Enka Middle School. This coordinator soon found an opportunity to serve kids who weren’t able to attend after school programming because of a lack of transportation. Many of these students arrive, by bus, 45 minutes before school starts and for the most part, wait in the cafeteria until classes begin. Working with school and community partners we recruited volunteers to serve as... Read More
Hands On coordinates “We Care!” Experience for employee teams to participate in impactful service experiences that reduce the impact of poverty on people’s lives. Last week, a dozen Highlands Circle members participated in a We Care! Experience here at United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County, creating 96 snack packs for Middle School students. We Care! Experiences aim to connect the dots between volunteer activities and the community need... Read More
by Emily Bradley, guest writer United Way believes that great things happen when we LIVE UNITED. We know we can accomplish more together, as a community, than we can alone. This past Friday we celebrated another year of hard work, and accomplishments, by hosting a luncheon for the partners that are leading the way through our Middle School Success Initiative. Those in attendance included representatives from current partners like Asheville City... Read More
"A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will never sit." This quote embodies the kind of life Barbra and Keith Love choose to live and we are proud to announce them as the 2015 Alexis de Tocqueville Community Service Award recipients.   Barbra and Keith have been United Way donors for more than 32 years and have served as co-chairs of the Tocqueville... Read More