Investing in Education, Income and Health

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The Building Blocks for a Good Life

Everyone deserves opportunities to have a good life: a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement and good health. That’s why our competitive grants program is focused on investing in programs that form the building blocks for a good life.

Here are the outcomes and results we seek to achieve through our investments:

Education – Helping Children and Youth Achieve Their Potential

Unfortunately, many children are not prepared to enter kindergarten. Many children do not move successfully from kindergarten through high school graduation. The diverse educational needs of children and youth are not met. So, United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County has invested $397,649 for 2018-2019 in community partners who achieve results like these:
 
$133,082 invested in children from birth-kindergarten to attend quality, affordable early care/education programs. 
$61,161 invested in parents and caregivers to enhance support of the development of children from birth-kindergarten. 
$75,016 invested in youth to help strengthen the social and basic life skills they need for success. 
$37,900 invested in parents, caregivers & community to increase support of the academic success of all children. 
$72,415 to support children performing below grade level increase their basic academic skills. 
$18,075 to support students with disabilities or special needs have diverse educational options. 
 
 

Income – Promoting Financial Stability and Independence

Many people do not have living wage job or are not financially stable, and many people live in substandard or unaffordable housing. To overcome these barriers, for 2018-2019, United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County invested $462,806 from the Community Fund in community partners who achieve results like these:
 
$168,064 to support low-income households to have increased options for affordable and safe housing. 
$122,792 invested in people in crisis or with ongoing needs have increased access to and use of public and private 
services that provide basic needs assistance.
$52,128 invested in helping increase vocational, language and literacy skills. 
$18,749 to support more community members in earning a living wage.
$60,616 invested toward increasing community members capacity to move out of financial crisis. 
$40,457 invested to increase skills to manage financial resources and build stability.
 
 

Health – Improving People’s Health

Not all people, homes and communities are safe. Many people do not have quality support for preventive health and wellness. Many people do not have quality primary and behavioral health care. These are challenges United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County is addressing with its 2018-2019 investment of $567,940 in community partners who achieve results like these:
$101,250 invested in the community to help people increase their power to prevent violence and abuse.  
$152,170 to support people experiencing trauma from violence or abuse increase their likelihood of recovery. 
$36,083 invested in increasing awareness of and opportunities for wellness, prevention and early detection. 
$13,798 invested in children, families and those at risk of poor health to increase physical activity and healthy eating. 
$116,772 to support seniors and people with disabilities have the support they need to remain independent and in good health. 
$147,866 invested in helping people increase their use of effective primary, behavioral and dental health care regardless of ability to pay. 
 
Our goal is to create lasting changes by addressing the underlying causes of poverty. It takes everyone in the community working together to create a better future.

Advancing the common good is less about helping one person at a time and more about changing systems to help all of us. We are all connected and interdependent. We all win when a child succeeds in school, when families are financially stable, when people are healthy. Our goal is to create long-lasting changes by addressing the underlying causes of these problems. It takes everyone in the community working together to create a brighter future.

Take a look at the programs United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County grants support.