On May 21, 2014 United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County Board of Directors approved our 2014-2015 Investment Strategy, the result of a competitive grant process in which $2.4 million will be invested in 81 high-quality programs that align with the community-level results outlined in United Way’s Education, Income and Health strategies. Specifically United Way will invest:
- $749,351 in 20 programs in Education
- $734,629 in 22 programs in Income
- $866,020 in 35 programs in Health
- $50,000 in 4 Advocacy programs - 3 Income and 1 Health
“We are proud of the decisions made by our community volunteers and the impressive services provided by our funded partners. We know that with greater resources even more could be accomplished and our board and staff continues to strive to raise more funds to improve our community” said Suzanne DeFerie, board chair.
Four of the 81 programs in United Way’s 2014-2015 Investment Strategy will receive funding for the first time. These new investments include one new direct service health program and 3 advocacy projects:
- Haywood Street Respite Program providing post hospitalization care and wrap around services for the homeless (Haywood Street Congregation);
- Improve the existing minimum housing rental code (Pisgah Legal Services);
- Empower and mobilize youth advocates around issues related to food insecurity and food deserts (Youth Empowered Solutions); and
- Women's economic programs (YWCA of Asheville).