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Accessing Free Resources in Asheville & Buncombe County Through the Winter Using NC 2-1-1As the winter season brings colder weather to the mountains of North Carolina, many of us are facing the often-difficult issues related to dropping temperatures. Thankfully, there are many local and...
Carolina Public Press, a local nonprofit, nonpartisan news outlet, hosted a forum on the issues of hunger, food deserts and food insecurity. You can watch the entire forum below but several of our staff members were there and we wanted to share some thoughts about the topic and issues raised at the...
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...
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...
by Lance EdwardsCommunity Investment DirectorAs the Sweet Sixteen round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament approaches, I look at my miserable bracket. I was methodical, using Bing’s prediction tool. I was sentimental, advancing all ACC teams. (That’s about the only thing...
On Friday, September 26, Buncombe County folks will be celebrating! The celebration is for our Culture of Health. Come to Kimmel Arena at UNC Asheville at 4 p.m. to not only celebrate, but learn more about what many individuals and groups are doing collectively to improve the health of all our...
In February, I wrote a piece about a school in another state that took lunches away from students who weren’t paid up.  Thankfully, I learned then that Buncombe County Schools has a policy of ensuring each student has a lunch, even if his or her parents haven’t covered the cost for...
by Julie SmithI have been active with United Way for more than 10 years and truly believe in the mission. It is an organization which reaches near and far and makes an incredible impact on our community. That's why I'm happy to be involved with the annual sports equipment drive.Clutter Got...
by Perry HendrixChair, The Peaks SocietyI remember eagerly awaiting the arrival of summer when I was growing up. It signaled the end of school and weeks of being outside, playing pick-up basketball games and baseball, and days in the pool. We weren’t stuck behind a computer screen, playing...
by David BaileyPresident/CEOWellness is a goal we all strive for, even if we aren’t terribly consistent in our approach. Most of us need encouragement to participate in the activities that foster good health and wellness. Be it organized sports, a brisk walk each morning with the dog or some yoga...