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The Hero Effect is an uplifting docu-series that brings to life the stories of ordinary individuals who are making extraordinary differences in their communities. Shot on location in ten different communities across the country, each episode brings audiences real-life stories that show the impact one person can make.   The Hero Effect’s episode #4, which will air Saturday, February 11, 2017 10 A.M.  on OWN, highlights Mary's Center, a Community... Read More
Last fall, Amy Arias, a student at Erwin High School, and Josue Lomeli-Garcia, a student at Asheville High School, worked at Erwin Middle School through United Way of Buncombe County's Middle School Success Initiative, as part of their senior project. “Both Arias and Lomeli-Garcia wanted to work with immigrant, minority students of color, because they hold the same identity, and see the barriers their peers and friends need to summit in order to... Read More
The Homework Diner at Enka-Candler last night was a huge success! We served over 180 students and family members from the Enka-Candler community. "Many of those in attendance expressed how much they enjoyed the evening and how grateful they were for the opportunity to share a delicious meal with their community family," said Resource Coordinator Kyle Garrett. "They also loved the music and crafts and, yes, even the homework help! And thanks to... Read More
Last night at Hi-Wire brewing, members of Women United wrapped more than 2,000 books for local middle school kids this holiday season! "Looking around the room, I was grateful for your presence and humbled to witness a servant spirit in volunteering your evening to benefit students right here in Asheville and Buncombe County," said Leadership Giving Manager Elizabeth Allen. "You are sharing the gift of dreaming, imagination, and, of course... Read More
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. A clerical omission left United Way off the published version in the Asheville Citizen-... Read More
"It was really fun to see the girls’ faces as they rounded the last corner to the finish line and realized they were seconds away from accomplishing what they had been working towards for weeks" We were so excited to take part in the Girls on the Run of Western North Carolina 5K race at the Asheville Outlets this weekend.  Sarah Lee Roth, Volunteer Programs Manager at Hands On Asheville-Buncombe cheered racers on throughout the course.  "It... Read More
“I was tremendously moved by the combination of history, places, connections, present day successes and struggles infused with performance poetry and vibrant art murals." - Last week, staff of United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County went on a Hood Huggers International tour. Led by Hood Huggers International founder DeWayne Barton, our team learned about Asheville’s historically African-American neighborhoods. Barton, an Asheville native,... Read More
"We Care! Experiences aim to connect the dots between volunteer activities and the community need behind each package created." This morning, 18 Duke Energy volunteers assembled 144 personal care packages for homeless students and their families. Many of the items can’t be purchased with food stamp support which means families are in greater need of these items.  For each project, we invite a guest speaker from the local benefiting nonprofit... Read More
Wouldn't it be great if there was one place to call when you needed help? United Way thinks so. That’s why we run the NC 2-1-1 Asheville Call Center. When you need help or information for yourself, your family or someone you know all you need to do is dial 2-1-1 or visit to get connected. Dial 2-1-1, it’s FREE, 24/7, and available in all languages. When a crisis is felt statewide As a result of the historic impact of Hurricane Matthew... Read More