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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...
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
by David Presley The Board of Directors of United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County believes the best way to create a strong community is through the three strategies of giving, advocating and volunteering. Advocacy is less about helping one person at a time and more about changing systems to help all of us. At United Way, we believe we are all connected and interdependent. We all win when a child succeeds in school, when families are financially stable, when people are healthy. Public policies and funding decisions can support or hinder that success. Meeting In Raleigh Ron Katz, the lead staff member on the Advocacy Committee, traveled...
Friday, June 27, 2014
by David Presley TO VOLUNTEER, CLICK HERE Downtown After 5 is Asheville’s biggest party — and NC 2-1-1 is part of the fun this year! The Asheville Downtown Association chose NC 2-1-1 Asheville Center as the charity partner for the July 18 concert featuring Hayes Carll and Chatham County Line. NC 2-1-1 will receive a grant of up to $2,000 in exchange for selling wristbands to attendees. 36 volunteers are needed to verify the ages of those purchasing the wristbands. It's a great opportunity to volunteer with others who support this important community resource. Volunteer shifts are only two hours long (4:45-7:00pm and 7:00-9:15pm) and you can...
Thursday, June 19, 2014
by David Presley Nearly 1,000 children will play with hula hoops, balls, bats and bikes this summer because of United Way and we thought you’d like to know how it happened. United Way volunteers collected new and gently used sports equipment from great people like yourself. We then partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Caring For Children, Children First, Eliada and the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club to get the equipment in the hands of kids right away. Why collect sports equipment? According to the Buncombe County Health Department, 44% of our kids are considered overweight or obese. For too many families, paying for housing,...
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
by David Presley During United Way Wordwide’s annual Community Leaders Conference, close to 100 people attended the presentation “Developing Women’s Leadership Councils to Drive Impact and Fundraising.”  Taylor Foss, Chair of the Women's Leadership Council (WLC) of Asheville and Buncombe County certainly would be the one to ask, because in just one year, Asheville’s WLC more than tripled their members, bringing the total to 163 women. This group of women raised $253,187 in Community Investment Fund Support and has given hundreds of hours of volunteer time. In her presentation, Foss talked about how the WLC in Asheville has used United Way’s...
Thursday, June 5, 2014
by David Presley The Telly Awards has named Rock Creek Production as a bronze winner in the 35th Annual Telly Awards for their piece titled “Nikki's Journey is Our Journey.” With nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries, this is truly an honor. The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 and is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films. United Way hired Rock Creek Production, as well as Stacy Gray Illustration, for the campaign video, and it paid off. Take Further Action Watch the award-winning...

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