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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...
Monday, January 6, 2014
Oh, the power of a new year.  It is that natural point in time where we look back, take stock, look ahead and dream. When we look back at 2013 we are moved with gratitude for the gifts of time and talent that so many in our community share.  There is no way to fully catalog the sheer mass and impact volunteers have on our community; there are too many places and ways for people to give back to count.  But if we were to try and calculate volunteerism, the Corporation for National and Community Service reports that Asheville’s volunteer rate is higher than the national average at 30.4 percent and ranks 34 among mid-sized cities. We are proud...
Friday, January 3, 2014
We know you care deeply about our community and want us to be a strong and vibrant place for all our neighbors.  Your donation to United Way supports the Education, Income and Health of our community. And right now, your donation of $250 or more to our Community Investment Fund will also put you in the running for a brand new KIA Soul, courtesy of Paramount KIA of Asheville. Get all the details here and make your donation today!
Friday, December 27, 2013
Our neighbors at the YWCA are holding an event on Jan. 6 and we want you to know about it.  Be among the first to explore the new voting law taking effect in 2014.  Here is a link the YWCA's facebook event.Why are we sharing this information?  We believe it takes Giving, Advocating and Volunteering to make a community strong and one way to get that is to have an informed and active democracy.  Getting educated about this issue early on will help you to be a great advocate: combating misinformation and confusion online and in the grocery aisle. Spread the word! 

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