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Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Congratulations to one of our own staff members! (He's seen here mulching one of our garden beds with Ray Griffiths, Building Superintendent.) From an article in the Asheville Citizen-Times: Lance Edwards, community investment director at the United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County, was elected to the statewide board of directors for the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits. “I think it’s great,” said Edwards, of West Asheville, whose primary role at United Way is to oversee the annual competitive grant-making process and serve as the institution’s liaison to its community partners. I work with so many nonprofits locally, it will be nice...
Monday, October 20, 2014
Shawna is a 7th grader at Enka Middle. She and her teacher, Holly Hobbs, headed on over to Dixon Hughes Goodman this morning to share what donations to United Way mean to their school. Think about it. Right now, would you have the guts to stand in front of a group of strangers to read a piece of fiction you wrote? Now imagine you are in middle school and you've been asked to do that. Would you have the guts? That's what Shawna did this morning and all accounts say she hit it out of the park! Shawna read an original piece of fan fiction that she had composed in the creative writing club United Way supports. After she shared her work, Holly...
Thursday, October 16, 2014
WLOS ABC 13 selected Hands On Asheville-Buncombe as an October "competitor" in their Charity Challenge. Each month, three nonprofits are selected and highlighted during Monday morning segments on the Asheville station. Though we didn't receive the big prize, Enka Middle Community School and Day of Caring got some great air time. To view Hands On's segment, visit their website. We are excited about the exposure this gives Hands On to a wider audience, especially as we enter one of the busiest volunteer seasons of the year. How You Can Live United Find Volunteer Opportunities View WLOS ABC 13's video profile of Hands On Sign up for our...
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Volunteers make a tremendous difference in Asheville and Buncombe County. Last year, nearly 3,000 people volunteered a combined total of 22,000 hours through Hands On Asheville-Buncombe, the volunteer center of United Way. That’s over 916 days and nights of volunteer hours! To celebrate Hands On's 10th anniversary, we want to make sure everyone in the community knows about its services so we can connect more volunteers to causes they care about. From October 16-November 7, we’re encouraging volunteers to search and sign up for opportunities through Hands On’s online database by offering incentives. Each week, we’ll pick three new users at...
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
This article from last week's Mountain Xpress does a nice job highlighting the ongoing struggle nonprofit organizations face securing the resources they need to achieve their mission. Several of the organizations in the article receive grants from United Way’s competitive grant making process. There are more than 30 other organizations that receive competitive grants from United Way as well, thanks to the generous donors in our community that support the Community Investment Fund. Each of these organizations faces the ongoing struggle of raising money so they can make this community a better place. These leaders work tirelessly to keep their...
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
We'd like to shout out to our friends at The Van Winkle Law Firm who took on the challenge of running as a "Trailblazer" during campaign. Thanks to the hard work of their planning team, employee participation increased from 64% to 70%  with 14 new donors and 21 people increasing their gifts over last year.  How'd they do it? Well here are a few highlights: Nothing screams community building like a fierce Crock Pot Cook-off. Amy Madill won the challenge hands down with her “Party Potatoes” Thanks to a lovely Haunted LaZoom tour, members of the Van Winkle team had a great incentive for giving (beyond the satisfaction of strengthening their...
Friday, October 3, 2014
Our community rocks and one big reason is people give back in all kinds of ways, all the time. If your nonprofit or school relies on a great person to accomplish your mission, it is time to make sure they get the recognition they deserve! We are accepting Buncombe County nominations for the 2015 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award. The awards program, created by the Office of the Governor in 1979, recognizes North Carolina’s most dedicated volunteers. Through the years, the award has been bestowed on thousands of North Carolinians who have shown concern and compassion for their neighbors by volunteering in their local community.    Each...
Monday, September 29, 2014
Since 2012, the Biltmore Beacon and the Young Professionals of the Asheville Chamber of Commerce have hosted the 40 Under Forty Leadership Awards Banquet. The event honors 40 of the region's top business professionals on Thursday October 2, 2014 at the Omni Grove Park Inn. All honorees are nominated via letters of recommendation from places of employment and/or service organizations. They are all 39 years of age or younger, live or work in Buncombe County, are involved in their communities and show the potential to be a leader in the business community for years to come. As in previous years, many of the honorees are involved with United Way...
Monday, September 15, 2014
David Wiggins serves as Chair of our Community Campaign. Campaign volunteers are key to our success every year, driving energy and information into the community. As our annual Community Campaign gets in full swing, David wrote a guest column for the Asheville Citizen-Times, which ran in the September 14 edition. You can read the complete piece on the AC-T website. On why he accepted the position: Taking on this position means contributing long hours on top of my normally hectic schedule as a partner with Dixon Hughes Goodman and as Dad — so why do it? My own reasons are echoed here, in the words of my fellow volunteers. At the beginning of...
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Kevin and Elisabeth spent time with Celeste Collins of OnTrack Financial Education and Counseling on her weekly radio show, Money Matters. Check out the podcast from the September 9 show and learn more about what they wish people knew about the work our United Way is doing in the community. Together, Kevin and Elisabeth have more than 20 years work experience at United Way. LISTEN TO THE PODCAST OnTrack has a long relationship with United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County. As the organization's Executive Director, Celeste also discusses that relationship. How You Can Live United Make a donation Find Volunteer Opportunities Learn About...

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