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“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
Monday, December 5, 2016
"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
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
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
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Did you know that in Asheville and Buncombe County, children who live in poverty graduate from high school at a rate of 78% while their classmates graduate at a rate of more than 95%?  While every student faces challenges, those who live in poverty must navigate significantly more obstacles in order to make it to graduation. And graduation is critical; every student that doesn’t faces a life filled with greater obstacles - impacting their long-... Read More
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
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 Jean Jones! Jean works tirelessly behind the scenes to support the students, staff and families of Enka Middle. Jean coordinates monthly staff... Read More
Friday, November 18, 2016
The Asheville Buncombe Middle Grades Network brings together Asheville City Schools, Buncombe County Schools and community partners around a shared vision of creating success ready 9th graders and improving graduation rates, using a collective impact approach. This week, United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County’s Middle School Success Initiative hosted a two day conference with members of the Middle Grades Network. The conference began with a... Read More
Friday, November 4, 2016
For the fourth year in a row, we had a pretty big incentive for donors. Paramount Kia of Asheville donated a new Kia Soul and someone is going to WIN it! Anyone who makes a contribution of $250 or more by January 30 is eligible to become a finalist. 10 semi-finalists will be randomly selected and the winner will be choosen in late February/early March in an event at Paramount Kia of Ashevillle.  Thank you to Paramount Kia of Ashevillle for... Read More
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
We believe that the people in our community, the people who Give, Advocate and Volunteer, are pretty spectacular people and they deserve a bright light shone upon them. Dr. Amy Rottmann is one of those people. Rottmannis a Asst. Professor of Education (MAT) Lenoir-Rhyne University Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville.  Read more about Dr. Rottmann here.  Why do you volunteer and give to United Way? I volunteer and give to United Way because... Read More
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Last night at Erwin Middle School, United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County (UWABC) Middle School Success Team hosted a Multi-Cultural Family night and Open House that drew hundreds of attendees. Families in the Erwin Community had tables with information, food and souvenirs from Jamaica, Moldova, Mexico (states of Guerrero, Michoacan, Hidalgo), Ukraine, El Salvador, Pohnpei, and the Marshall Islands. To see images from the evening, click... Read More
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Here at Hands On Asheville-Buncombe, the volunteer center of United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County, we are sifting through all the great photographs from last week's Days of Impact. To see a collection of images from last week, click here. Days of Impact are corporate volunteer service events that occur twice each year that mobilize workforce volunteers to strengthen our community by matching groups with service projects focused on... Read More
Monday, October 24, 2016