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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...
Thursday, August 21, 2014
We've had some exciting news brewing for the past few weeks and we're ready to pour it out! We've partnered with Asheville Brewing Company on a benefit beer. The first keg will be tapped at 5 p.m. on September 4 at The Millroom (66 Asheland Avenue in downtown Asheville). United Way Pale Ale will then be available at the brewing company's two tasting rooms throughout September until it's gone. Tell Me About the Beer! "It's a very approachable pale ale that Buncombe County beer fans will enjoy," head brewer Doug Riley tells us. "It's not too hoppy, not too malty." The brew is just over 5.0% alcohol by volume and features the spicy aroma and...
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
United Way’s Hands On Asheville-Buncombe, Middle School Success and NC 2-1-1 Asheville Center are working together to make the back-to-school transition easier for area families. Hands On, the volunteer center of United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County, is already busy collecting back packs, school supplies and other items to help Buncombians send their children to school prepared. Last year’s drive helped to support 738 elementary and middle school students. If you are looking for school supplies, dial 2-1-1, United Way's callers help line.  NC 2-1-1 is open 24 hours a day to help find supplies, answer questions about school enrollment...
Friday, July 11, 2014
If you could make sure everyone in our community has access to a good, quality educational experience just by going to sleep, you'd grab your pillow and start counting sheep. If you could send a kid to an after school program in his or her neighborhood just by dining at a local restaurant, you'd grab a menu right now. Unfortunately, we won't be able to take care of the first one by closing our eyes, but the second one is a bit more in reach. Just sign up for You Get, We Give, a LOCAL company that works with independent businesses to get you a great deal and raise funds for the community. Some of their recent promotions have included...
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Himanshu Karvir, a Leadership Giver and member of Highlands Circle, just delivered 225 backpacks for our Back-to-School Supply Drive. We're collecting rulers, pencils, calculators and more through the end of the month. Backpacks are usually one of the harder items to get so these will go a long way to our goal of 800 fully-stocked backpacks for elementary and middle school kids in Asheville and Buncombe County. Himanshu, with Holiday Inn Biltmore West, was able to provide this huge gift by doing something pretty simple: he asked his friends and colleagues to help. That's when Satis Patel with the Clarion Inn Airport, Bob Patel with Bhuna...
Monday, July 7, 2014
We have just had a sample of Crazy for Caramel at Ultimate Ice Cream. There is not one bit of exaggeration in this next statement: it is the best flavor ever. And this is coming from someone who normally doesn't even like caramel so it must be true. So head on over to Ultimate Ice Cream any time during the month of July and if you purchase a caramel flavor (they will change the featured flavor every so often), you'll get good eats AND support our Back to School Supply Drive! Last year we supported 738 low income elementary and middle school students with fully-stocked backpacks (a record number) and we hope to surpass that number again.  So...

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