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Friday, November 4, 2016
The Asheville Buncombe Middle Grades Network brings together Asheville City Schools, Buncombe County Schools and community partners around a shared vision of creating success ready 9th graders and improving graduation rates, using a collective impact approach. This week, United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County’s Middle School Success Initiative hosted a two day conference with members of the Middle Grades Network. The conference began with a luncheon and two-hour presentation from Curtiss Sarikey, Senior Director for the Stuart Foundation, Dr. Pam Baldwin, Asheville City Schools Superintendent, Dr. Tony Baldwin, Buncombe County Schools...
Thursday, November 3, 2016
Homework Diners will be up and running at Enka Middle beginning November 15th. These weekly family engagement events allow students and families to receive homework support and a healthy meal (for free). We plan to be serving 75 people each time and hope that it catches on quick and grows! In order to do this, we'll need the help of great volunteers like you. There are a couple of different volunteer positions available: General Event Support – these volunteers will help with set up and/or clean up and registering and checking families in, time depends on specific position, ranging from 4:30p-6 for set up, 5p-7p for registration and 6-7:...
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Last night Highlands Circle had a great social at Aloft's W XYZ bar. Many of the 60 attendees were prospective members interested in learning more about United Way’s Young Leaders Society and the year-round programming that is offered.  Thanks to annual sponsor Lenoir-Rhyne University Asheville for making events like this possible.  To see images from the evening, click here. Unique Opportunities for Young Professionals to Give Back Highlands Circle is a network of passionate young professionals who are actively seeking ways to give, advocate and volunteer to make positive and long-lasting change in Asheville and Buncombe County. Through...
Friday, October 21, 2016
WLOS — SWANNANOA, N.C. -- Hundreds of people are volunteering in mountain communities this week through United Way's "Days of Impact." The United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County says more than 400 people from local businesses and groups volunteered their talents through 45 projects. At Owen Middle School, volunteers helped build an Appalachian heritage garden. School staff members said they use edible and medicinal plants for lessons. "We know that we do a great job preparing our students to be global citizens, but we also want them to be well-rounded in their Appalachian heritage, their natural heritage and their cultural heritage, and...
Friday, October 14, 2016
Women for Women and Senator Terry and Mr. Ted Van Duyn are pleased to bring the film,The Long Night, to Asheville. No community is immune from human trafficking, including Western North Carolina. The Long Night offers a glimpse into the increasing crisis of the sex trafficking of minors. The film explains what the factors are that contribute to human trafficking and highlights the stories of several families whose lives have been forever changed by domestic minor sex trafficking. After the film, Mamie Adams from Our VOICE will provide information on what is being done in Asheville to identify and combat human trafficking. WHEN: Saturday,...
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Featured on WLOS.com  WLOS — BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. -- A band playing music with a message visited one Buncombe County School recently. Owen Middle Schoolers "rocked out" to a financial literacy rock concert. The four-person rock band Gooding is based out of Los Angeles. They travel the country, making 60 stops and sharing inspirational lessons of finance and discipline. Teachers said financial literacy can be a lifetime struggle for some people. That's why it's important to start early. "If we can start building the foundation now for how to manage money, how to think about money, how to think about what you're bringing in and what's going...
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Originally featured as a Guest Column on Monday, October 10th, in the Asheville Citizen Times. The places where we live shape our lives and our health. Safe and convenient neighborhoods lay a foundation for a more equitable and thriving city where families can live, work and grow. Investing in housing affordability, sidewalks, bus shelters, greenways, parks, streets and bike lanes can improve our health and support the success of families. Our communities and neighborhoods affect our health in important ways. When we live in homes near parks and bike paths, exercise is easier. When we live near grocery stores where good food is available, it...
Thursday, October 6, 2016
Homework Diners are weekly family engagement events that will take place on Tuesday evenings in the Enka Middle School cafeteria, starting November 15th.   Students and families will receive a free meal; students and families will also receive tutoring support and help with homework from trained teachers and volunteer tutors. Homework Diners are open to any family in the Enka-Candler community, whether they have a child attending the school or not. Attendees will also have the chance to learn about community resources and take advantage of a variety of educational programs at these events. Volunteer opportunities include: Registering...
Thursday, October 6, 2016
Last week, the band GOODING, a Nashville-based indie rock band, performed a series of financial literacy rock concerts for Asheville schools through a partnership with nonprofit Funding the Future. Using the power of a live rock performance to deliver inspirational lessons of finance and discipline to young people, Funding the Future helps students see their dreams as possibilities. The nonprofit’s performance combines a concert, multimedia presentation and talkback to discuss predatory lending, saving early and the danger of credit card debt, while exposing the myth of overnight success associated with rock stars, athletes and actors. The...
Thursday, September 15, 2016
This year, during their annual fall fund drive, WCQS has a simple goal, no interruptions, and every gift matched! Western North Carolina’s public radio station is raising $200,000 by September 21st without interrupting programming and while they do it, they are raising awareness and money for our work here at United Way. Every gift pledged to WCQS by September 21st is being matched for United Way Asheville and Buncombe County. The WCQS / United Way match grant challenge is made possible thanks to the generous support of Arby’s/Brumit Restaurant Group, United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council, The Peaks Society and members of the Alexis de...

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