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Thursday, April 17, 2014
Our offices will be closed on Friday, April 18. However, NC 2-1-1 will still be available 24 hours a day, just as they are 365 days a year. The United Way Community Services Center, the building in which our offices are located, will remain open. Other agencies in the building 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, April 2, 2014
Two weeks remain before the April 15 deadline for filing your federal income tax return. We know taxes can be tough, especially for people who aren't sure which deductions they qualify for, whose first language isn’t English, or who have trouble because of their age or a disability. The NC 2-1-1 Asheville Center can connect you to more than 18,000 services throughout the state including financial education and tax preparation assistance. Through the Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, State Employees Credit Union can help you file a free tax return if you have a 2013 household income of $57,000 or less. Walk-in to any...
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Pisgah Legal Services, Council on Aging of Buncombe County, Western Carolina Medical Society and Western North Carolina Community Health Services have teamed up to provide enrollment assistance in the North Carolina Health Insurance Marketplace on Saturday, March 22, at Pisgah Legal Services on 62 Charlotte Street in Asheville. Certified navigators and certified application counselors will be available to explain options for health insurance coverage and financial assistance. Open enrollment ends on March 31. For more information and a list of things to bring to your appointment, click here.
Friday, February 28, 2014
Would you like to be our neighbor? Office space is available in the United Way Community Services Center on 50 South French Broad Avenue in downtown Asheville. Full internet capability, utilities and janitorial services are included, as well as access to conference rooms and parking for staff and clients. It's also on the bus line! A one year lease is required. $15 per square foot. Please call (828) 776-7940.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
As you may have figured out already, we will be closed for the snow today (Thursday, February 13).  Our 2-1-1 remote referral specialists will, however, be on the job. Here is a lovely post that one of our specialists, Michael, shared on Facebook last night: "The United Way office is closed tomorrow. That means that I will not be going in to work. 2-1-1, however, never closes, which means that there are people taking calls in the place of those of us who cannot make it to work. Often this responsibility falls to our sister call center in Durham, NC, but mostly it is our remote specialists, who work from home, who shoulder the load...
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
by Dr. Roger Hartley February 11 is National 2-1-1 day and people across the nation are bringing attention to this fast, free and confidential service available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. NC 2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember telephone number that connects you with referrals to health, human and social services. I take great pride in serving as the chair of the advisory committee of the NC 2-1-1 Asheville Center and applaud the high standards set by our referral specialists, our impressive director and the United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County. The NC 2-1-1 Asheville Center serves seven counties in our region and is often the first step...
Sunday, February 9, 2014
"He carried himself in a caring, thoughtful way that made it clear that he was not there just representing Fred Simms; he was there representing the community." - Lance Edwards, director United Way's Community Investment Fund   Fred Simms passed away on December 16, unexpectedly and too, too soon. Fred was a key volunteer for United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County for more than a decade.  He served in several leadership roles, most notably: - Vice Chair of the Community Fund committee in 2007 - Chair of the Community Fund committee in 2008 - Board member 2007/08 Fred was chair of the Community Fund committee during the beginning of a...
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
A to the record 323 individuals, groups and families celebrating “A Day On, Not a Day Off” in honor of Dr. King and his vision for a community united in service to one another. This partnership with Land of Sky Regional Council’s Senior Corps Program and United Way’s Hands On Asheville-Buncombe organized this inter-generational day of service, expecting 200 volunteers, but a record-shattering 323 people came together. The volunteer efforts resulted in amazing support for local non profits: 48 no-sew fleece blankets for Project Linus children in crisis. 145 bookmarks to be inserted in donated books distributed by the POP Project. 155 “...
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
The NC 2-1-1 Asheville Center has received its third consecutive award of accreditation from the Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS). AIRS Accreditation signifies commitment to the highest standards in the field in the areas of service quality and effectiveness, community involvement, and organizational stability. The NC 2-1-1 Asheville Center provides information and referrals to nonprofit and governmental health and human service organizations in Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, McDowell, Polk, Rutherford, and Transylvania counties. The current certification is valid through 2018. In addition to this latest certification, the...
Monday, January 20, 2014
Last year, United Way passed a resolution at our May board meeting supporting Medicaid Expansion in North Carolina. Since then, a lot of conflicting information has made its way to the public. The WNC Medicaid Expansion Advocacy Group addresses common myths below. Myth #1: North Carolina cannot afford Medicaid Expansion. Truth: Expanding Medicaid will save North Carolina money and keep tax dollars in North Carolina. Medicaid expansion saves state tax dollars spent on the uninsured. It reduces ER costs, uncompensated care costs for hospitals, and state spending on the uninsured. When the uninsured receive care, their costs are paid by the...

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