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Tuesday, August 30, 2016
A record 1,754 fully-stocked backpacks were distributed to local students! At an estimated $35 per bag, the worth of 2016 supply drive donations equals $61,390. That's amazing and here's a bit about how it happened. Check out the photos here - students, volunteers and lots of great school supplies. Strong because of our community. The following companies all held drives among their employees and customers - this is a true community led event! 14th Weather Squadron Asheville Chamber of Commerce Asheville Radio Group/Mix 96.5 Asheville Savings Bank Asheville Tourists Biltmore Inn Borg Warner CarePartners Foundation Clean Environments...
Thursday, August 4, 2016
On July 28 BorgWarner Turbo Systems employees gave 200 fully stocked backpacks to students and staff of the Salvation Army’s Boys and Girls Club. The Boys and Girls Club is one of nine organizations that will then distribute the backpacks to area families over the course of the next few weeks. Check out news coverage of the event on WLOS Photos from the day. Background The employees of BorgWarner Turbo Systems know how to make things happen for local school kids. Building off three years of experience in previous drives, BorgWarner purchased 200 backpacks. They then offered up the opportunity for employees to fill them with supplies. To...
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
As you might know, we at United Way feel pretty fortunate to own this incredible building at 50 S. French Broad. Not only do we have space for our own work, we are also able to rent out office space to a number of great nonprofits, public services and a few small businesses. Our Parking Lot Our parking lot is used by the clients, staff and volunteers of these organizations. When OnTrack Financial is teaching a first time homebuyers class, their clients have free parking. When Children First/Communities in Schools is hosting a training for people serving students in their Resource Centers - they have free parking. When the board of directors...
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
On Wednesday, July 20, 2016 some 16 artists and their families gathered to celebrate the opening of a new art exhibition featuring their recent works. Housed in UNC Asheville’s Highsmith Art and Intercultural Gallery, the exhibit included works in a variety of mediums from 39 artists, and was admired by members of the community, educators, prominent citizens of Asheville and the local media. The artists, as it happens, are in middle school. Rebecca Gibson, a student at Charles D. Owen Middle School, had two pieces selected for inclusion in the third annual Celebrating Middle School Success exhibition. Gibson said she often incorporates...
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
News of Don Locke's passing is still incomprehensible to a community that drew strength from his loving spirit, his welcoming smile and his fierce commitment to social justice. Our heartfelt condolences to Don's wife Marjorie, his daughters and all who loved him. You can read his obituary here. Listing the varied and multiple roles Don held as an active volunteer, board member and committee chair for United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County would not come close to conveying the importance that his insight, wit, warmth and personality contributed to our world.   Don was a long time member of the board between the years of 1997 and 2010 and...
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
We wanted to let everyone know that we just received a phone call from a member of our community. She had been contacted by a General Roland Jeffrey with the "MultiNational Corporation" on Facebook, looking for financial support of their work to assist Syrian refugees. This person referenced that they had worked with United Way and specifically our United Way. While there were some legitimate sounding parts of the story, there were others that smelled distinctly like a scam to her. She alerted us to it and we agree. If you've been approached by anyone, referring to us in any capacity like this, please report that to facebook and also let us...
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
View the full list of grants made by NobleCause United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County is pleased to announce being named as the recipient of a $50,000 grant through NobleCause, a grant competition mobilizing volunteers to address the greatest challenges facing their communities. Seven awards of $50,000 were available to organizations working to assemble partners to develop volunteer leaders to work toward multiplying the number of volunteers needed to address significant local issues. These funds will support expansion of volunteer support for local middle school youth. “Research tells us that if a student misses more than 10 percent...
Friday, April 29, 2016
We've been garnering some good coverage about some aspects of our work.  Here is a sample: United Way as a whole In September of 2015, the AC-T editorial board submitted this piece about our work and our strategic vision. Middle School Success In April 2016, Carolina Public Press wrote up this in depth article about our work at the three pilot schools. In their special edition, "Big Ideas", Mountain Xpress delved into our work, impressed with the features our Early Warning and Response System will afford us in our efforts to support students in local middle schools. 2016 Hands On Asheville-Buncombe Thanks to Mountain Xpress we got some...
Thursday, April 28, 2016
The North Carolina Room, Pack Memorial Library is presenting a six part series called Asheville in the 1980s: A  Formative Decade Told by Those Who Shaped It If you missed the first in the series you can check out the blog where you will also find the full schedule of the remaining public forums about key moments in our community during the 1980's. But whatever you do, don't miss out when our very own former VP of Community Investment, Ann Von Brock joins Ellen Clarke to moderate a session on Social Activism & Social Agencies on Wednesday June 29.  
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Able Allen, Mountain Xpress Carl Sandburg called Chicago the “city of the big shoulders”; if he were alive today, he might describe Asheville as “the city of the big thinkers,” acknowledging the passion so many area residents display in seeking out new solutions to the issues we face. On many fronts, creative new approaches are being hatched and put in play. Big ideas can seem small at first, but even the huge tulip poplars of Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest germinated from tiny seeds. These solutions may address problems small or large; they may also be a new way of looking at something that seems to be working reasonably well. Sometimes, the...

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