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Tuesday, December 6, 2016
We are proud to announce that our newest community project, Homework Diners, will be supported through a People In Need Grant from The Community Foundation of WNC. Their investment will go a long way to ensure that we will be able to provide a free, fresh and healthy, weekly meal at three local middle schools in the coming year. These Homework Diners are an opportunity to bring students, families and their community together for fellowship over food, and provide an opportunity for students to get academic support from school staff and community volunteers. In addition, parents and community members will have a chance to take part in...
Monday, November 28, 2016
"This is the first time I have felt real hope for my child at school. I was able to meet with his teachers and it wasn't some huge deal. We just spoke and I feel like I was actually heard. THIS diner is a good thing." - parent attending the first Homework Diner at Enka Middle Enka Middle hosted our first Homework Diner last night! Check out the great photos from the evening. More than 80 attendees – including students, family members, volunteers and support staff – came together to enjoy a delicious meal catered by Green Opportunities and to work on homework together. Representatives from Pisgah Legal Services, RHA Prevention Resource Center...
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
With YOUR help, we can put brand new books in the hands of local middle school youth this holiday season. In partnership with the local Barnes & Noble and local author, Robert Beatty, of the Serafina books, we are hoping to give the gift of reading to hundreds of students in our community. It's easy, just: visit Barnes & Noble (Asheville Mall) buy some books from the suggested list below leave them with your Barnes & Noble cashier Thanks to local author Robert Beatty, if you buy one of the Serafina books at Barnes & Noble, we will match it with two more. So your one book donation becomes three! OR buy new books from the list...
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...

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