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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...
Thursday, May 1, 2014
About 30 community leaders, as well as representatives from Asheville City Schools and Buncombe County Schools, viewed the powerful documentary American Promise on April 29. Recorded over 13 years, the film is an intimate and provocative account of the experiences of two middle-class African-American boys who entered a very prestigious – and historically white – private school on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Chronicling the boys' divergent paths from kindergarten through high school graduation, complicated truths about America's struggle to come of age on issues of race, class and opportunity is explored in detail. The screening was...
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Kevin Montgomery, our Resource Development Director, was recently featured on No Limits. The show is a collaboration between A-B Tech and WRES 100.7 FM and airs at 11 a.m. every other Wednesday with rebroadcasts throughout the week. The show covers education issues impacting the urban community. Kevin's an alumn of the college and spoke about how the community can support students and where an A-B Tech degree can take you. In Kevin's case, it brought him to United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County nearly 14 years ago. You can check out the full article about No Limits online. Kevin is on the right in the picture.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Charting a Course for Change Advancing education, income and health through collective impact as a community. That's what it means to LIVE UNITED. Partnership goes by many different names, but the success of United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County's community investment is made possible by collaborations. Every time our message reaches someone new, a life can be changed and our community can be improved. And we depend on your help to get the word out. We'd like to thank Don Mandelkorn, who supports our work in many ways. As the owner of Green Mountain Maple, he knows about smart investment. He's also a member of the Peaks Society,...
Thursday, April 17, 2014
by David BaileyPresident/CEO We’ve lost a dear friend and I want to share a few memories with you. Marilyn Patton, the first lady of philanthropy to so many in our community, passed on April 9. If you never had the opportunity to meet Marilyn, the best way I can describe her is that she was a funny, feisty, generous, approachable and knowledgeable woman. Most of all, she was kind and we will miss her. Marilyn gave more than a dozen hours a week and nearly 50 years of service as a volunteer for the St. Joseph’s gift shop and the Mission Hospital gift shop after the merger. She found great joy in providing a service to the families of patients...
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...