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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...
Friday, May 30, 2014
Eight contestants squared off at Bonar's inaugural BBQ Cook-off and 50/50 Raffle for United Way today. Craig Stephens was named the winner and awarded $200. $732 was also raised through the 50/50 raffle. As soon as Fred Bailey was named the winner, he donated his prize to United Way - a true philanthropist! With the $424 raised by the cook-off, a total of $1,156 was donated. In addition to the funds we'll use to invest in education, income and health, over 100 pounds of food will also be donated to MANNA FoodBank. It's always a great day to live in Buncombe County, but our neighbors at Bonar truly know how to LIVE UNITED. Other contestants...
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
On May 21, 2014 United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County Board of Directors approved our 2014-2015 Investment Strategy, the result of a competitive grant process in which $2.4 million will be invested in 81 high-quality programs that align with the community-level results outlined in United Way’s Education, Income and Health strategies. Specifically United Way will invest: $749,351 in 20 programs in Education $734,629 in 22 programs in Income $866,020 in 35 programs in Health $50,000 in 4 Advocacy programs - 3 Income and 1 Health “We are proud of the decisions made by our community volunteers and the impressive services provided by our...
Thursday, May 15, 2014
From L-R: David Bailey, UWABC CEO/President; Stoney Blevins, UWTC Board Member; Nancy Craig, UWABC Senior Manager of Leadership Giving; Jim Trefz, UWTC Board Member; Taylor Foss, Chair of UWABC's WLC; Steve Pulliam, UWTC Executive Director; and Ross Sloan, UWABC Board Member Staff and board members from United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County and United Way of Transylvania County are in Washington, D.C., this week for the Community Leaders Conference (CLC). While attending, they've also met with Senator Richard Burr and staff from Senator Kay Hagan's and Representative Patrick McHenry's offices to talk about the importance of early...

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