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Monday, September 4, 2017
United Way's Middle School Success Initiative is working to build a strong network of partners that are committed to successful students, strong families, and engaged communities.  One of our efforts is our Who Got You Through (WGYT) campaign. Through WGYT, we promote volunteer opportunties (mentoring/tutoring, in-school/after-school, one-on-one/group experiences), that support students.  100 Mentors 100 Days We're proud to support all our partners' efforts and hope you'll take a minute to check out this campaign from Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC and even help spread the word.   
Thursday, August 31, 2017
The images from Houston, and the other communities that were in the path of Hurricane Harvey, are both heartbreaking and uplifting. The devastation is beyond comprehension and they, like many communities across our nation, will soon head into a multi-year grieving and recovery process.  In the hours and days since this storm emerged, there have also been heart filling images and stories of neighbor helping neighbor in those most desperate hours. People risking their own personal safety to rescue a stranger, a room full of evacuees singing to a young boy for his birthday, people on social media helping to direct help to stranded families....
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
From our advocacy partners at The Success Equation: You know that when our children have a safe place to call home it supports their health and educational success. Last November, an overwhelming majority of Asheville voters joined us in passing the Housing Bond to provide significant funding to increase a variety of housing options for families and individuals. TAKE ACTION Will you help shape the future of housing affordability in Asheville by attending a public input meeting on the bond? Come To The Public Input Meeting The event will be held next Tuesday, August 8, 6-7:30 PM, at the Dr. Wesley Grant Southside Center (285 Livingston Street...
Thursday, July 27, 2017
As we all know, Healthcare is being debated on the national level. In partnership with United Way Worldwide, we are outlining our position and providing our supporters some possible talking points when calling their representatives. We believe: Any changes to our healthcare laws should improve on existing coverage and leave intact consumer protections for all Americans. Healthcare coverage should be affordable, attainable and adequate to meet the health need of children and working families. Medicaid should be protected from any structural financial changes that can harm children, seniors and people with disabilities. TWEET AND CALL YOUR...
Friday, June 23, 2017
From our advocacy partners at the Success Equation: We believe all children deserve a healthy start and access to quality care. In NC, over one million children have access to health care through coverage via Medicaid and NC Health Choice. For weeks, a small group of US Senators have been crafting a health care bill behind closed doors. Yesterday, they finally released their plan and it would drastically reduce Medicaid funding and leave many NC children without health insurance. It will likely reduce benefits for those children that remain - jeopardizing access to high-quality health insurance, particularly the most vulnerable children such...
Monday, June 12, 2017
On June 11, 2017 Kate Pett and Brian Randall of the Asheville City Schools Foundation and In Real Life program, wrote an article for the Asheville Citizen-Times. In it, they share important information about the dramatic decrease in juvenile crime complaints in our community and the powerful impact that local programs are having on this story. Three parts of this story stand out: In 2007, something really wasn’t working in Asheville. Criminal complaints about young teens in Buncombe County rose sharply, and even though fewer than one-quarter of the county’s young teens lived in Asheville, more than half the complaints came from our city....
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
We are looking for someone who has both practical marketing skills and a passion to strengthen our community to join our marketing and communication team. Check out the full description and apply here.    
Monday, May 15, 2017
CLICK HERE TO HELP US EXPAND THIS PROGRAM TO THE OWEN DISTRICT IN THE FALL. Originally featured in the Asheville Citizen Times.   Article by Katie Wadington, Citizen-Times’ news director; Any parent can appreciate an event or outing that fulfills a couple of needs at once. Two birds, one stone. A worthwhile example: Homework Diner. It’s a program of United Way of Asheville-Buncombe County, offered this school year in three middle schools (Enka, Erwin and Asheville). It’s part of the agency’s Middle School Success initiative to offer encouragement and support to adolescents. But it’s really more than that. As Homework Diner staffers explained...
Friday, May 12, 2017
We just learned that one of our great community partners, Johnson Price Sprinkle PA (JPS), just won a pretty incredible recognition. Here's what was in their recent newsletter: Johnson Price Sprinkle PA (JPS) is honored to be named one of 2017 Best Employers in North Carolina. Only eighteen small to medium sized companies (15-249 U.S. employees) were chosen based on workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems, and demographics analyzed and determined by Best Companies Group. Of this group, JPS was ranked #7 in the state and the only Asheville-based company selected.  READ MORE JPS has been a great supporter for our work over the...
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County is a co-founder and ongoing supporter of WNC Nonprofit Pathways. This organization is dedicated to the ongoing support and cultivation of the nonprofit sector in our region. Last week, Cindy McMahon, senior consultant for the group, shared some thoughts on the state of nonprofits in the current times and some lessons for us all to consider.   Original Article in the May 3-9 edition of the Mt. Xpress BY CINDY MCMAHON I love living in the mountains, where I can get up high and gain perspective on the landscape. WNC Nonprofit Pathways enjoys a unique vantage point for viewing the trends, challenges...

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