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Wednesday, May 31, 2017
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Monday, May 15, 2017
CLICK HERE TO HELP US EXPAND THIS PROGRAM TO THE OWEN DISTRICT IN THE FALL. Originally featured in the Asheville Citizen Times.   Article by Katie Wadington, Citizen-Times’ news director; Any parent can appreciate an event or outing that fulfills a couple of needs at once. Two birds, one stone. A worthwhile example: Homework Diner. It’s a program of United Way of Asheville-Buncombe County, offered this school year in three middle schools (Enka, Erwin and Asheville). It’s part of the agency’s Middle School Success initiative to offer encouragement and support to adolescents. But it’s really more than that. As Homework Diner staffers explained...
Friday, May 12, 2017
We just learned that one of our great community partners, Johnson Price Sprinkle PA (JPS), just won a pretty incredible recognition. Here's what was in their recent newsletter: Johnson Price Sprinkle PA (JPS) is honored to be named one of 2017 Best Employers in North Carolina. Only eighteen small to medium sized companies (15-249 U.S. employees) were chosen based on workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems, and demographics analyzed and determined by Best Companies Group. Of this group, JPS was ranked #7 in the state and the only Asheville-based company selected.  READ MORE JPS has been a great supporter for our work over the...
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County is a co-founder and ongoing supporter of WNC Nonprofit Pathways. This organization is dedicated to the ongoing support and cultivation of the nonprofit sector in our region. Last week, Cindy McMahon, senior consultant for the group, shared some thoughts on the state of nonprofits in the current times and some lessons for us all to consider.   Original Article in the May 3-9 edition of the Mt. Xpress BY CINDY MCMAHON I love living in the mountains, where I can get up high and gain perspective on the landscape. WNC Nonprofit Pathways enjoys a unique vantage point for viewing the trends, challenges...
Thursday, May 4, 2017
  Support this expansion. Click Here To Donate Today. Originally featured in the Black Mountain News. This fall, Owen Middle School could be a hub for services that go far beyond educating its students. United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County is planning to make Owen Middle the fourth middle school in the area to have a community resource coordinator who will connect families of students at risk of failing to services that help the students work toward high school graduation. United Way’s Middle School Success Initiative is already in place at Asheville, Erwin and Enka middle schools. United Way hopes to replicate it at all seven middle...
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Originally featured in the Mountain Xpress.   Homework isn’t something students or their parents necessarily look forward to tackling in those precious after-school hours of freedom — especially when there’s also dinner to worry about. But the new Homework Diner initiative spearheaded by the United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County offers help with schoolwork while feeding families and the community in multiple ways.   Rolled out as a pilot project at Enka Middle School in the fall, the program is about to finish out the school year with tutoring sessions and free, hot dinners being hosted weekly in the cafeterias at Enka, Erwin and...
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
We are thrilled to share that Parsec Financial has awarded our organization their Parsec Prize. Here is the press release they've issued:   Asheville, N.C. – Parsec Financial, a fee-only wealth management firm, announced today the fifth and final recipient for the annual Parsec Prize.  United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County has been awarded a 2017 Parsec Prize of $25,000 that will support the Middle School Success Initiative. Every day, many students walk through the halls of their schools trying to get to class on time, but are weighted down by hunger, a family health crisis, or an unsafe home. Having the support of a tutor or mentor...
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
The Hero Effect is an uplifting docu-series that brings to life the stories of ordinary individuals who are making extraordinary differences in their communities. Shot on location in ten different communities across the country, each episode brings audiences real-life stories that show the impact one person can make. The Hero Effect’s episode #7, which will air Saturday, May 13, 2017 10 A.M.  on OWN, highlights Treehouse Foundation, a community founded to ensure children who have experienced foster care find lifelong family relationships. Treehouse Foundation (Easthampton, MA) is re-envisioning foster care in America through...
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
As a part of National Volunteer Week*, Governor Roy Cooper visited Enka Middle School to check out Homework Diners. Check out this video from the Governor's Facebook shoutout:  WLOS News 13 also came to see out action.  Click here to see the slideshow from the Asheville Citizen Times ENKA, N.C. (WLOS) — Gov. Roy Cooper visited students and parents at Enka Middle School on Tuesday. The visit was part of his efforts to bring attention to National Volunteer Week. The middle school offers free tutoring and dinner weekly through a partnership with the United Way, Green Opportunities, the county, the school district and Asheville-Buncombe Middle...
Thursday, April 6, 2017
BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. (WLOS) — United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County hosted their Days of Impact initiative on Wednesday. Mission Health employees are among those volunteering within the community. They are working to improve a cross country trail at Enka Middle School. Organizers said projects like these are happening at schools and non-profits across Buncombe County. "United Way is really committed to strengthening lives and improving our community," Kyle Garrett said. "And this is just one way we are out in the community to help with different groups that are working in the community." Representatives said more than 350 local...

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