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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. While this event is in its full frenzy, there are... Read More
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.       Why do you volunteer and give to United Way? I first became interested in United Way because my husband, Leon... Read More
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. It may have been our first time, but we were ready. NC 2-1-1’s sister call... Read More
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. Check out the perspectives shared by J. Hackett, Executive Director of our own community partner,... Read More
Last week, Duke Energy had over a dozen volunteers working out at Owen Middle School. Volunteers spread a base layer of mulch on a soon-to-be ropes course, as well as built some low elements of the ropes course. Volunteers also cleared invasive species to make room for outdoor classrooms. All of these projects are part of Owen Middle School's Natural Impact Initiative. If you’d like Hands On Asheville Buncombe staff to help you develop a similar... Read More
Here at 50 South French Broad avenue, United Way staff work in the bottom quarter of the building. The rest of the building is rented by tenants from non-profits and businesses. Each month, we will be highlighting one of these organizations to share with you.  This month, it's Arts for Life  Arts For Life is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting people facing serious illnesses and disabilities. By providing educational art programs,... Read More
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. Our volunteer spotlight this month is on Mike O'Byrne! Mike volunteers at Homework Diners and he and his wife, Cindy, have been continuous United Way donors since 1989. Mike and his wife... Read More
Did you know that across our nation, 7,000 students drop out every school day, but new evidence suggests that the make-or-break moment for high school dropouts may actually occur in middle school. FRONTLINE examines one Bronx school's unique approach and the research behind it is influencing how we work here in our community.   Local Implications Using the same, research based strategy, outlined in this short video, United Way's Middle... Read More
Today was Career Day at Enka Middle! In all, we had 30 speakers representing a wide array of careers – doctor, engineer, auto mechanic, wildlife officer, physical therapist, county commissioner, chef, attorney and more! Every student in the school got to learn about six different careers in the morning. Later in the day, the 7th graders were also treated to a wonderful presentation by Kevin Barnette, motivational speaker and coach at Mars Hill... Read More
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. Our spotlight this month is on Shelia Christofalos!      Why do you volunteer and give to United Way? I began giving to United Way through payroll deductions at my first job at BB&T in... Read More

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