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Thursday, December 17, 2015
On December 8th  United Way was one of several sponsors for “Building a Stronger North Carolina: A Legislative Briefing and Call to Action”. The links below provide access to information from the event: Presentation slides Companion Guide Economic snapshot 17 western counties Advocacy Training Opportunity Mountain Xpress Article about the event Recording of the Legislative Briefing (to come later)
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Education, Income and Health Grants Organizations interested in pursuing funding through United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County are asked to read this Request For Proposals. This RFP outlines all of the key details that an organization must satisfy to be eligible for funding. In the RFP there is reference to our Standards of Excellence and other important components of our funding criteria. To find these please follow this link. In addition, prospective applicants should follow this link to choose which orientation they will attend. This orientation is required and the link can also be found in the RFP.   About Our Work United...
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Today was a humbling day for our staff and board as we were presented with the Fundraising Summit Award by the The Association of Fundraising Professionals WNC Chapter at the National Philanthropy Day Celebration. From AFP's website: The Fundraising Summit Award is presented to a philanthropist, fundraising professional, group, foundation, corporation, or other entity which has, through their generosity, insight, expertise, hard work, and love of our community, made a transformational impact on Western North Carolina or the field of philanthropy. This award takes into consideration the entirety of a person or organization’s work and life and...
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
We just got this in the mail from our friends and partners at Homeward Bound and thought you'd like an opportunity to learn more about this issue and how you can get involved: Today is Veterans Day and there are many activities to honor those who have served our country. Words are important, but actions are more important. Nearly 40% of all persons in Buncombe County experiencing homelessness are veterans. Join us tomorrow evening to be inspired and to learn how you can participate in ending veteran homelessness in our community.   A Forum on Veteran HomelessnessThursday, November 125:30pm – 8:00pm More Info and Tickets Here    
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Medicaid Expansion was a part of the Affordable Care Act when it was originally passed in 2010, but the US Supreme Court decision in 2012 that found this act constitutional, also gave states the option to opt out of expansion. North Carolina made that choice in February, 2013, leaving up to 500,000 people in our state with little opportunity to get health insurance coverage. In December, 2014, the Cone Health Foundation from Greensboro released a study it had commissioned on the economic impact of not expanding Medicaid in North Carolina. Recently, Susan Shumaker, the president of the Foundation, offered a presentation highlighting how not...
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
We've got some exciting news to share. Actually, make that double exciting! Bookfair November 28-December 4 For the second year, Barnes & Noble has selected us as a recipient of a Bookfair. From November 28 (the Saturday after Thanksgiving) until December 4, a percentage of all sales at brick-and-mortar locations and on BN.com will be donated to United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County when you use voucher code 11657244. JOIN US ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28, FOR A PRIVATE SHOPPING EVENT TO JUMP START THE BOOKFAIR> (There will be activities for kids and adults!) It's the perfect chance to purchase holiday gifts such as DVDs, educational...
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
We've become a partner in The Success Equation. The effort, under the umbrella of Children First/CIS, unites community partners to reduce the incidence of poverty and its impact on children in Buncombe County through education, collaboration, and public policy, resulting in an environment where all children can thrive. As a partner, we will share information and opportunities related to The Success Equation and hope you will take the time to learn more about the kinds of issues our community is working on. Other partners include the Cathedral of All Souls, Girl Scouts Peak to Piedmont, Junior League of Asheville, Just Economics, InnovoGraph...
Friday, September 4, 2015
Our offices will be closed on Monday, September 7. However, NC 2-1-1 will still be available 24 hours a day, just as they are 365 days a year. Other agencies in the United Way Community Services Center may be open; please call them to confirm.
Thursday, September 3, 2015
Volunteers can help collect books at the UNC-TV booth and enjoy a complimentary day at the fair. There are also opportunities to volunteer as a group. Visit UNC-TV's website, call their volunteer services hotline at 1-877-549-3222, or email volunteer@unctv.org. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. September is here and that means the North Carolina Mountain State Fair is, too! This year, UNC-TV is collecting books for middle school students and other local programs at the fair, which runs September 11 through September 20. United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County will distribute them through Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC, The POP...
Thursday, August 6, 2015
by Ron KatzCommunity Fund Director While the Voter Information Verification Act passed by the NC General Assembly and signed by the Governor in 2013 requires a state-approved photo ID, some modifications were made to the law this past June. There is still a lawsuit pending, no decision has been issued yet, but please note: If the law is not changed, the first time you will need to bring a photo ID to vote is for the elections in 2016.  It will not affect any elections this year. The modifications allow people a whole host of reasons that can be used to allow them to vote should they have impediments to obtaining a photo ID.  Stay tuned for...

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