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Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Our offices will be closed on Wednesday, December 24 and Thursday, December 25. They will also be closed on Thursday, January 1. 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. Office space is available in our building located on 50 South French Broad Avenue in downtown Asheville. More information is available here.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Women's Leadership Council recently completed the second annual Holiday Gift Drive. More than 550 books and 150 games, educational toys, and gift cards were collected for middle school students in Asheville and Buncombe County! Mission Health took notice and awarded WLC an "A" grade on Asheville Citizen-Times' weekly report card. From the article: A to the Women's Leadership Council (WLC) of United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County for a very successful Holiday Gift and Book Drive benefiting middle school students. By the culmination of the drive, WLC members wrapped 550 books and 113 gifts, which were given to local programs serving kids...
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Beth Walton covers social issues for Asheville Citizen-Times and has made a weekly commitment to service. She recently discovered what many of you already know: Hands On Asheville-Buncombe's Portable Projects offer the ultimate in flexibility. They're also an innovative and fun approach to volunteering that can be done alone or in a group at home, work or anywhere! From the article: I was terrified I was going to fail you this week: I didn’t have time to volunteer. What with holiday deadlines, family visiting from Michigan, and the stress of cooking one’s first turkey dinner, I had no idea where I was going to squeeze in my weekly commitment...
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Come check out United Way's president, David Bailey, who will be one of many guest celebrity servers at the Holiday Hotcakes Fundraiser for the Irene Wortham Center. The event will take place on December 6th from 8-10 am at the Applebee’s on Hendersonville Road. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 5 and under. Bring a new, unwrapped toy, and your ticket price will be reduced to $2! Tips are gladly accepted and will help David win the Golden Spatula Award (he likes those kinds of awards). All proceeds go to help low-income children and families with their holiday needs. Contact Virginia DeMoss at IWC for more info (828-274-6053 or...
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland has announced United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County as a supported partner for 2014. What does that mean? You'll receive $2 off of your vehicle's admission and they'll donate $1 to the Community Investment Fund. Just stop by our office on 50 South French Broad Avenue in downtown Asheville to pick up a coupon. There are over 1,600 individual and unique channels simultaneously directing the orchestra of lights at the WNC Ag Center on 1301 Fanning Bridge Road in Fletcher (across from the Asheville Regional Airport). Hundreds of thousands of LED lights dance to the specifically-chosen music on that plays on...
Monday, November 24, 2014
Our offices will be closed on Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28. 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. Office space is available in our building located on 50 South French Broad Avenue in downtown Asheville. More information is available here.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Last year, we held our first holiday gift drive—and we hit a home run, collecting far more items for middle school students than we anticipated. This year, the gift pile looks dismal in comparison. It's not too late for you to help us turn that around, though! We live in a very generous community and sometimes it can be a challenge to keep up with all of the toy, food, winter clothing and other gift drives this time of year. However, we've noticed that low-income middle school students often fall off the radar when it comes to giving during the holidays. That's why it's so important for your help right now. We've rounded up a list of the...
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
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 can follow this link to choose which required orientation to attend. 
Friday, November 7, 2014
We were so pleased to have the opportunity to meet with Laura Marx, the new president of United Way of NC. New to North Carolina, but not United Way, Laura is taking time at the start of her tenure to conduct a listening tour, meeting with leadership at local United Ways. One of the great strengths Laura brings to this work is her experience running a statewide 2-1-1 system back in New Jersey. North Carolina is lucky to have her.   Elizabeth Kelly and Amanda Bauman demonstrate our call center in action as Laura Marx looks on.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
A recent article by Beth Walton highlights the efforts of Children First/Communities in School, the YWCA of Asheville, and United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County. From the Asheville Citizen-Times: With so much at stake in this year's election, area nonprofits are stepping up their efforts to get out the vote in innovative ways. Children First / Communities In Schools printed 40,000 copies of its 2014 Buncombe County Voter Guide, the most it has printed to date. "Five or six years ago, we were just printing them off the printer in our office," said Allison Jordan, executive director of the nonprofit which focuses on empowering children...

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