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Friday, July 15, 2011
Once again we are thrilled to have a City of Asheville Youth Leadership Academy (CAYLA) intern with us for the summer.  Calvin Clark joined us a few weeks ago and today several of our staff spent some time with all the CAYLA interns to get their thoughts on the issues facing our community in the area of Education. When asked about the biggest take-away from her time with the students, Ann Von Brock had this to say; "I realized that they (teens) have important ideas to share but they don’t always feel that people (parents, teacher, and other adults) really listen to what they have to say. They want to be involved and they want to be heard.  ...
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Big thanks go out to Dr. Hoskins who gave us a supply of toothbrushes and toothpaste today.  We'll be including them in every fully-stocked backpack that we put together for students this fall. Donations will be accepted until July 22.  If you'd like to be a part of this effort, be sure to visit Hands On Asheville-Buncombe where you can get a list of the school supplies needed as well as information about the different drop-off sites.
Friday, July 8, 2011
A few days ago I stood in line behind a woman attempting to get her medications.  There were a lot. I couldn't help overhear her conversation with the pharmacist - a difficult one where he attempted to help her decide which ones were the true priority for her immediate life safety and which she could hold off on for a few weeks until she could find the money.  It was excruciating to watch as she told her young daughter to sit to the side while she conferred with the pharmacist.   I didn't know if it would help in her specific situation, but I did approach her and share that there is a discount prescription drug card available free of charge...
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
"Ann Young, general counsel for Mission Health System, won the chamber's Athena Award, given to a woman who personifies professional excellence. Young, who has worked for Mission since 1981, helped implement a program that gives patients with pressing legal needs access to the local nonprofit Pisgah Legal Services. She's also volunteered with organizations such as the YMCA and United Way of Asheville-Buncombe County." taken from the Asheville Citizen-Times article   Ann has been an incredible friend to us at United Way for over twenty years and we particularly appreciate her leadership as Board Chair for the last two.  There's no way...
Monday, June 27, 2011
The Back To School Supply Drive is underway Hands On Asheville-Buncombe, the volunteer program of United Way, will coordinate with sites throughout our area to collect brand new backpacks and school supplies.  Get a complete list of supplies needed, where to drop them off, and for those interested in making a bigger impact: instructions on how to organize a drive through your workplace or faith community. Fill the Bus Saturday, July 30 9am – 1pm outside both East AVL Walmart (Bleachery Blvd) and South AVL Walmart (Hendersonville Rd).  Come on by and drop off supplies for us to sort later on!        
Thursday, June 23, 2011
How did we land on Middle School Success as our focused initiative? Starting in February of 2010, a task force of community leaders met to review issues facing our community in the areas of Education, Income and Health.  Because successful completion of high school is a determinant of well-being in all three areas of Education, Income and Health, and because Middle School years are pivotal to high school graduation, the task force recommended that the work of the United Way Focused Initiative:  Increase the number of students who are successful in public middle school. Our Expectations... By establishing a community priority to...
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
June 1-3 United Way representatives from all over the southeast and beyond will join together in Asheville to share best practices and learn from the best thinkers out there.  We are very excited that folks from all over will experience our wonderful community so if you see them out and about give them a big hello!   We are also proud because three of our staff members will be presenting at the conference: Lance Edwards will discuss our transformation and adoption of Education, Income and Health. Rachael Nygaard will discuss the impact of 2-1-1 of WNC in our community. Gina Gallo will share our efforts to improve middle school success in our...
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Over the course of the last three months, 75 volunteer experts in their fields came together to review, rate and propose funding for programs whose outcomes best align with the needed improvements we want to see in the areas of Education, Income and Health. On May 18, the United Way Board of Directors approved their funding recommendations. Although more dollars were requested than were available in this competitive grant process, our volunteers made outstanding decisions of how to best invest United Way dollars into programs that will produce long-lasting measurable change in our community.Read more about our Investment Strategy: 2011-2012...
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County recently started sending out a monthly e-newsletter.  Now that might not seem very cutting edge, but we are trying something new and we think your business might want to be a part of it.    Each month the newsletter will feature a short video that will highlight some important feature of our work.   An embedded link at the end of the video will take viewers to a one question quiz. Those that choose the correct answer will be placed in a drawing for a modest prize/gift certificate from a local business. We'll announce the winner on Facebook and on our website. Throughout the process the business'...
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
In April and May, volunteers from the United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County Board of Directors, Campaign Cabinet, Focus Areas, 2-1-1 of WNC, Hands On Asheville-Buncombe and staff participated in the video shoots for the 2011 campaign video. Thank you to everyone who came out and lent your star-quality to our video - we can't wait to show it in the workplace this fall!

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