Every year our School Supply Drive gets bigger and bigger. Last year, as a result of this drive, 1,350 elementary and middle school aged children received a fully stocked backpack and extra materials were sent to local teachers. This year we reached a record setting 1,754! This is important for each child's experience on the first day of school but also for their families who are often struggling to keep food on the table or a roof over their head.
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Our president, David Bailey submitted the following to the Asheville Citizen-Times Report Card
An A to the recent MLK Breakfast and specifically the remarks of their keynote speaker: Rodney Johnson. Johnson gave a personal and poignant talk about growing up in Asheville - opening the curtains to the challenges and uniqueness of being an African-American living in Asheville in the 1950s through the early 1980s.
Tamaria Kelly is the new Middle School Success Project Coordinator. Tamaria served as an educator for a year at The NativityMiguel Middle School of Buffalo under the AmeriCorps Builds Lives through Education (ABLE) program. She also was an intern for United Way of Buffalo and Erie County’s Community Ambassador Program (CAP) and an active member of Citigroup’s United Way committee in Buffalo, NY.
by David Presley
Over the years, Hands On Asheville-Buncombe has seen some amazing volunteers come through our doors. Hands On is the volunteer center of United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County. Clare Cook and Samantha Little are just two volunteers who have given back to the community in extraordinary ways.
by David Presley
Recently, a local branch of Wells Fargo had its employees participated in the Forever Friend Pet Toys portable project, a volunteer opportunity managed by Hands On Asheville-Buncombe. Hands On is the volunteer center of United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County.