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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! 
Friday, December 20, 2013
For many, the holiday season is one where gifts to community, as well as family and friends, are made. As you make choices about where to make your end of year giving, we ask that you choose United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County. Why give to United Way? One word - IMPACT. If you made a donation last year, you helped improve the lives of 74,000 people as a result of our strategic investments in the areas of Education, Income and Health. When you choose to give to the Community Investment Fund, you don't have to decide which of these results is most important:  children are able to attend high quality, affordable early care and...
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Pisgah Legal is hosting a health insurance navigation clinic on Thursday, Dec. 19 from 4:00 - 7:00 pm at their Asheville office, 62 Charlotte Street. Navigators will be available to help people explore their options for health insurance and subsidies to cover the cost of insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Take advantage of this technical assistance. You must reserve an appointment in advance for the clinic by calling the statewide toll-free number: 1-855-733-3711. More information is available at www.pisgahlegal.org.   Organizations and groups in Western North Carolina can contact Pisgah Legal Services to request a presentation about...
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
A new report by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) finds 1 in 4 Americans volunteer.  Asheville’s volunteer rate is higher than the national average at 30.4%  and ranks 34 among mid-sized cities.  According to the report, 64.5 million Americans volunteered nearly 7.9 billion hours last year. The estimated value of this volunteer service is nearly $175 billion, based on the Independent Sector’s estimate of the average value of a volunteer hour.This past year, Hands On Asheville-Buncombe, our volunteer center, helped to connect nearly 3,000 community members to volunteer opportunities that benefitted local nonprofit...

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