ENGAGED COMMUNITIES - During the past few years, Enka Middle School has been hard at work creating a welcoming campus for students, staff, families and community members. Volunteer groups are essential to this effort.
That's where United Way could help. In late September, we organized a group of volunteers from Duke Energy to help transform a forgotten space on Enka Middle’s campus into a vibrant outdoor classroom. The volunteers power-washed,...Read More
If you've come to our past few events, you know we've been collecting items to stock student resource pantries at local middle schools. We thought we'd give you a better idea of how they work and how you can continue to support schools in your neighborhoods. Given the proper resources and opportunities to be successful, all students can experience the power and freedom that results from a sound education.
Over 750 homeless students were...Read More
by Elisa JacobsAssistant Director of Enrollment Management, Lenoir-Rhyne University
The statistics about poverty in our community are sobering: one in four children in Buncombe County live in poverty. One of my favorite authors, Brené Brown, says, “If you want to make a difference, the next time you see someone being cruel to another human being, take it personally. Take it personally because it is personal!” The fact that there are over 750...Read More
Malina Blanton works at Wells Fargo. She's also a member of Highlands Circle, a network of passionate young professionals looking to change the odds for families and Buncombe County communities through positive, lasting change. We get to know her a little better in this month's HC Spotlight.
What is the last movie you watched? Well, I am not good at watching movies...it’s hard for me to sit still that long! However, the last movie I watched was...Read More
Nancy Horowitz is a Sales Executive with Galaxy Digital. She's also a member of Women's Leadership Council, a network of passionate and influential women focused on supporting the Middle School Success initiative. We get to know her a little better in this month's WLC Spotlight.
What’s the most valuable lesson you’ve learned during your career? Setting expectations and following-up accordingly is so important. For most of my career, I helped...Read More
With your help, we're able to make sure kids and teens in our community are ready to learn on the first day of classes. Each year, you've given a little more or helped us spread the word and the annual Back to School Supply Drive has grown in success. When all is said and done, we'll have sent more than 1,350 fully-stocked backpacks to students in our community than any other year.
We're able to get these school supplies and backpacks to...Read More
by Kris DionneResource Development Manager
I have some exciting news for members of Highlands Circle and the rest of the community. In March, United Way's group of young leaders announced a collaboration with Homeward Bound's Pathways to Permanent Housing. As part of the project, members collected household essentials—everything from furniture and cookware to shower curtains and detergent.
We collected all of the necessary items (which was...Read More
Leigh Ruhl is a Senior Major Gift Officer with Mission Health. She's also a member of Women's Leadership Council, a network of passionate and influential women focused on supporting the Middle School Success initiative. We get to know her a little better in this month's WLC Spotlight.
What’s the most valuable lesson you’ve learned during your career? Stay true to your guiding principles and values.
What is your favorite quote or motto? "Go big...Read More
by Sam FontaineCommunity Engagement Coordinator, Enka Middle Community School
Not everyone has the time to tutor a student in math or lead an after school club, but I’ve learned this year that everyone can make a difference. Jean is an active member at Francis Asbury UMC, conveniently neighboring Enka Middle School, and a recent implant to the Asheville area by way of Austin, Texas. She’s an enthusiastic problem-solver, an excellent listener,...Read More
Summer officially started on June 21, but we're already looking ahead to the first day of the 2015-2016 school year. Sometimes the difference between an A student and a failing student is having basic school supplies to do homework and participate in class. Nearly one in four children in our community live in poverty and can’t afford tools like notebooks, pencils, or backpacks to start the school year. Our annual school supply drive has set a...Read More