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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...
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.

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