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Wednesday, May 22, 2013
One of the most rewarding things that a Referral Specialist can discover is a resource that we were previously unaware of. These unexpected resources help assist callers and remind us how interconnected and supportive our community is. Neela, a 2-1-1 specialist, received a call from a mother of two children who was fleeing a domestic violence situation. The mother needed food for her family, but her car did not work and she had no money to fix it, so she inquired about places that could deliver food. This was a difficult resource to refer to, as food pantries that deliver are uncommon, but Neela thought she may be able to find some...
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
  We are all devestated seeing what has happened to our neighbors in the mid-west.  Many want to help. The following message come to us from United Way of Central Oklahoma, who advises that monetary donations are the best way to assist the recovery efforts at this time. ________________   United Way of Central Oklahoma has activated its disaster relief fund effective Monday, May 20, 2013, so individuals may contribute online, via credit card by phone, and by mail, specifically to the May tornadoes relief and recovery efforts.  If you have trouble with donating online, there are two alternative ways to give.   1.    Give online to the...
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The work that this incredible group of volunteers do can not be overstated.  Together they read and review funding applications from x programs and they must critically analyze the merit of the applications, the community needs and funding priorities of United Way and then they must weigh all of this against the available monies we have to invest.  It is a tough job and they take it seriously.   Thank you to the following volunteers: Education Focus Area Volunteers   Anna Austin Buncombe County Association of Educators Stacey Bailey Smart Start Vicki Biggers Retired, Buncombe County Schools Sandra Byrd Retired, UNC - Asheville Jeanette...
Friday, May 10, 2013
What a fun night celebrating this first year in a joint community effort to create a Community School at Enka Middle School.  Click here to check these photos out! Thanks to all who are involved in the year round efforts including - Enka Middle staff and teachers, YMCA and their 21st Century Afterschool Program, Americorps/VISTA, and our very own Middle School Success and Hands On Asheville-Buncombe programs.  Thanks also to OLLI - Osher Lifelong Learning volunteers for their help to put the event on last night. Read more about the project at Enka Middle School on Ann VonBrock's education blog.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
  Joining United Way Women's Leadership Council of Asheville and Buncombe County means being part of the most successful women’s philanthropic network of its kind today. Your passion- combined with the power of nearly 50,000 members in more than 130 communities who have raised $700 million in a decade- maximizes your capacity to get things done.    Learn more as we celebrate the launch of our Women's Leadership Council.  May 7, 5:30 - 7:30 PM   Get details and reserve your space today!
Monday, April 15, 2013
From the Asheville Citizen-Times article about the Healthy Kids Day event on Saturday: Ann Von Brock, vice president of planning and community investment with the United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County, said the agency’s Middle School Success program is an example of its commitment to expand the quality and accessibility of out-of-school programming for that underserved age group. “One of our community priorities is that kids have access to healthy activities after school,” Von Brock said as she rewarded a successful corn-hole thrower with a box of raisins. “And we want to make sure that these are quality programs.”
Monday, March 25, 2013
NC 2-1-1 is a free, confidential information and referral line.  We are available by phone and online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can serve any language.   How can we help? We can connect you to more than 18,000 services throughout North Carolina including: Food, Housing & Utilities, Child Care & Education Services, Financial Education, Credit Counseling, Health Care, Job Training Counseling/Support Groups, Mental Health & Substance Abuse, Senior Services, Volunteer Opportunities, Disaster Services and more.  
Monday, March 25, 2013
Volunteering is a Lifelong Gift - to Your Community and YOURSELF!  
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
What a great turnout yesterday in Rutherford County for the launch of 2-1-1.  More than 50 people came out to witness the ceremonial "first call" to 2-1-1 and to pick up promotional materials so they could help get them into the hands of community members.  Several people, lifelong residents of the area, came up to us thanking everyone for helping to make this happen.  See the photos
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Reading the incredible history of our Asheville City and Buncombe County buildings in the recent Mountain Xpress made us think about the stories and pictures that we share here at United Way. Okay, so there was a lot more drama and fueding in their story than ours but at its essence there were two buildings, standing side by side, representing two different styles and perspectives yet underneath it all they are united in a desire to see the community succeed.On our materials you'll often see two people, standing side by side, just like those two buildings. People who, on the surface might not have anything obvious in common.  They might be...