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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...
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...

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