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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...
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
On December 3, 2013, more than 160 people representing nonprofit organizations, government, business, and other sectors from throughout WNC attended the 2013 Legislative Briefing at the AB Tech Enka campus.  Allan Morse, United Way Advocacy Committee chair, moderated the program.  Allan Freyer, NC Budget & Tax Center, discussed the continuing challenges of the NC economy coming out of the 2008 Recession and the impact the NC State budgets have had on jobs, nonprofits, and the key budget areas that North Carolina supports in education, health, public safety and more.  Jill Cox from United Way of North Carolina outlined some of the...
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
What is #GivingTuesday?   Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and now, GivingTuesday.  The idea: in a season of consumerism it is important to create space for giving back.  And one way to do this is to create social media lift for those wanting to help build community – raising funds, encouraging volunteerism, promoting advocacy… any number of ways to help any number of efforts. What can you do to join our efforts? GIVE Do you want to make our community STRONGER in the areas of Education, Income and Health?  If you would like to GIVE to help make that happen then here is our secure donation site. Your gifts to our...
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve heard someone say “young people are selfish.”  As a twenty-something, I’m often part of conversations where someone is critiquing or complaining about “young people,” “millenials,” or “the next generation,” but the fact is that my generation does care, and I know that because of Highland Circle. My experience with Highlands Circle has shown me just how much young people want to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Perhaps the best example of this was October’s Conversation with Community Leaders hosted at Mission Hospital. At that event, Dr. Paulus, President and CEO of Mission Health...
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Help us collect holiday gift donations for area middle school kids. Read more about what we are doing and what is needed here. There's a printable list and there are social share buttons on the event page so feel free to spread the word! Thanks...
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Rockin' The Docs... ooh, this one looks like fun! Thank you to our friends at Mission Health who are hosting this fundraiser for our work to improve our community in the areas of Education, Income and Health. Music, food, magic, karaoke, silent auctions... fun for the whole family and bonus, Rockin' The Docs is being held at the awesome space that Highland Brewing Company provides. Check out the details
Monday, October 21, 2013
Early voting began Thursday, October 17; Election Day is November 5. To help you be an informed voter, United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County has co-sponsored the 2013 Candidate Survey and Voter Guide for Asheville and Black Mountain municipal elections. It is available as an insert from October 16 to 22 in the Mountain Xpress and online at Read responses from candidates on important issues, find early voting locations, and get all the info on how to register and vote.
Sunday, October 20, 2013
The Western North Carolina AIDS Project is thrilled to announce the 2013 Positive Prevention 5K/12K. The Positive Prevention 5K/12K presented by Merrill Lynch/ Bank of America will take place on November 3rd, 2013. Both races will be run on closed roads within scenic Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. The event is also sponsored by Earthfare, Walgreens, Clif Bar, and Bristol-Myers Squibb. See for registration information. Proceeds will be used to expand HIV/AIDS prevention programs throughout 18 counties in Western North Carolina.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
The North Carolina General Assembly introduces and passes several bills each year that impact the quality of life in Western North Carolina. A new tool, the nonpartisan website WNC Vote Tracker, provides information about important legislation in six categories: economic security; education; environment; health & safety; government and democracy; and women’s issues. WNC Vote Tracker also offers an overview of the state budget – arguably the most important legislation passed each year. Visit to see how NC legislators voted on 20 bills dealing with the issues listed above. 
Monday, September 30, 2013
If you live in Asheville, early voting for the primary for Asheville City Mayor started Thursday, September 19 and closes Oct 5.  For complete details click here.