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Monday, July 2, 2018
The American Red Cross of the Western North Carolina Region is in need of our support. During the summer months, blood donations are made less frequently. The Greater Carolinas Region consists of 6 chapters, 5 in North Carolina and 1 in South Carolina. Together, the 6 chapters proudly serve more than 5.5 million people across 51 counties, 47 in North Carolina and 4 counties in South Carolina. They provide services to the North Carolina counties of Alamance, Alexander, Alleghany, Anson, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Caswell, Catawba, Cherokee, Clay, Cleveland, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Gaston, Graham, Guilford, Haywood,...
Friday, May 11, 2018
What kinds of things did you, our donors, advocates and volunteers help us do last year? Click below to check out just a few: Click here for a quick look at some highlights from our work in 2017  
Friday, May 4, 2018
United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County is committed to reducing the impact that poverty has on our students, families and our community. The following Advocacy Alert comes to us from our partners at MANNA FoodBank. They have a clear call to action: call your representatives on Tuesday, May 8 and demand they vote NO on any cuts to SNAP.  Below are details about the proposed cuts and potential local impacts.    Proposed Cuts to SNAP Threaten National Anti-Hunger Efforts   Asheville, NC (May 3, 2018) — The House of Representatives is currently considering proposed changes to the Farm Bill, the nation’s most consequential food-related...
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
If you caught some of today's local news you may have seen that our building was broken into and extensive damage done to a number of the offices on the second floor of our building. While we saddened about the violation and damage sustained, we are eternally grateful that none of our staff or building neighbors were hurt.    We have a couple of HUGE shout outs to share:    1. to the good Samaritan who saw something wasn't right and called in a report - you likely saved many other agencies in this building from extensive damage   2. to APD for their swift response and apprehension of the suspect   3. to all our nonprofit neighbors who...
Thursday, February 8, 2018
The other day, a woman stopped by our office. She asked to speak with one of our referral specialists, not to get help but to thank her. "I called you all several months ago. I wasn't in a good place and I wasn't sure if I was going to make it another day. You were so kind and helpful to me and you got me connected to the help I needed. If there is ever a day that you don't feel like you are making a difference, I hope you remember me and remember that you are. I literally would not be standing here if you weren't doing what you do."  Every year on February 11 (2/11), we honor the work of 2-1-1 as a community resource available to the...
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
The Asheville Citizen-Times ran an article on December 25 regarding the recent sweeping tax reform bill that passed and its possible implications for nonprofits. Below are excerpts from the article, including portions by David Bailey, president and CEO of United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County. Read the full article here, which includes information from local tax attorneys at Dixon Hughes Goodman and analysis from David Heinen of the NC Center for Nonprofits.     The tax reform bill that passed Congress last week reduces two significant incentives for giving to nonprofit organizations, and local charities are waiting anxiously to see...
Monday, December 18, 2017
From our advocacy partner, The Success Equation:   Raise your hand if you agree that all children deserve access to comprehensive health care and services to support their future success. If your hand is up, keep reading.   Since last spring, we've been asking you to contact your members of Congress to make sure the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has funding in 2018. CHIP (known as NC Health Choice in North Carolina) is a terrific success story - playing a major role in our ability to reduce the number of uninsured children to about 4% statewide. Dr. Tayloe, a Greensboro pediatrician and one of the architects of NC Health Choice...
Friday, December 1, 2017
From our community partner, Pisgah Legal Services:   In what is being termed the "sneaky repeal," the U.S. Senate is set to vote on a tax bill that will repeal the individual mandate under the Affordable Care Act. A vote is expected as early as TONIGHT!    The Senate tax bill is another effort to pull apart the ACA. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that at least 13 million people will lose health care coverage if the mandate-- the requirement that all people have health insurance or pay a tax penalty, unless exempt-- is repealed. The result will not simply be people opting out of coverage on their own terms, but millions being...
Thursday, November 16, 2017
At this time of year we get a flurry (pun intended) of requests for volunteer opportunities for the holidays. Some people are looking to connect with others in what can be a lonely time of the year. Others are wanting to create a shared experience and a culture of service for their children. Whether it is serving a meal or helping wrap gifts, there are ways to connect with others this holiday season. If you haven't already explored our volunteer center's website, check out this special page dedicated to holiday related volunteer opportunties throughout our community.   
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Advocacy Alert from the NC Center for Nonprofits:   Please take 3 minutes on Monday, Oct 30 to tell your U.S. Representative Not to Make Nonprofits Political Tools   As Congress focuses its attention on federal tax reform this fall, the ability of charitable nonprofits, houses of worship, and foundations to stay out of partisan politics is under attack. It is urgent that nonprofit staff, board members, and volunteers make our voices heard on the importance of protecting nonprofit nonpartisanship.   Please take three minutes on Monday to call your U.S. Representative and tell him or her: "Don't use tax reform to weaken or repeal the Johnson...

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