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Monday, May 7, 2012
For those of you who saved your vote until election day, here are a few resources to help you navigate the field: Here is a Buncombe County Voter Guide produced by UNC-TV and which includes hyperlinks to the candidates and their platforms. Confused by who represents you? The Board of Elections has this cool site that allows you to type in your street address and it will tell you all you need to know - your district, who represents you and where you should go to vote!
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Did you know that nationally 1,200,000, or 1 in 3, teens drop out of high school every year?   Hands On Asheville-Buncombe’s Teacher’s Pet project gives volunteers an easy way to help increase the basic academic skills of local students giving them an even better chance of moving successfully from kindergarten through high school graduation. Teacher's Pet volunteers create educational materials, such as flash cards and games, for use in and out of elementary school classrooms. Volunteers can sign up to attend a project or they can download the materials they need and host their own “Portable Project”.  Deborah thought this was a great way...
Monday, April 9, 2012
Meet our great new co-workers!  They all started within a week or so of each other this past month so we thought you'd enjoy a quick introduction.     What experience do you bring with you? Why United Way? What are you looking forward to? Fun Fact Michelle Bennett Director, Hands On Asheville-Buncombe My experience is rooted in volunteerism and community building. Most recently I've worked at a Hands On affiliate in Winston-Salem, developing volunteer projects with faith, community and neighborhood groups and facilitating partnerships with business, government and the nonprofits. United Way's strategy of Give, Advocate and...
Monday, April 9, 2012
We hope you will take a moment to watch this short video and hear first-hand from community members who have been Focus Area Volunteers for a number of years now and are intimately involved with the Community Investment process. While some of our donors choose to designate their gifts to a specific nonprofit, many choose to donate to the Community Investment Fund.  They do this because they understand the powerful process that is used to invest these funds in the community. Every spring up to a hundred or so volunteers actively review applications, discuss community needs and make collective investment decisions in order to make the best use...
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Be sure to join us for our Annual Meeting on April 26.  Get details and purchase your tickets here. 
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Be sure to catch up with all that is going on with Highlands Circle... at the 2012 Kickoff.  Learn all that is going on, see old friends and make new ones... and be sure to bring someone with you!    Read more about the event and reserve your space. Connect to the Highlands Circle Facebook page.   What is Highlands Circle?  Highlands Circle is is an affinity group for active, young leaders in their 20s and 30s who give $500 or more annually to United Way's Community Investment Fund. Read more...
Thursday, March 22, 2012
How many times do we pass someone on the street?  See our neighbor taking in the trashcans and head on into the house?  Sometimes we see each other, sometimes in the hustle of the day the people in our path become a blur. When we hear people share their stories like this it is a powerful reminder that deep within each and EVERY one of us is a person whose life is important and even insprirational. And if we slow down a little.  Make eye contact.  Give a smile.  A whole world of inspiration can well up.   If you haven't listened to these incredible interviews already, we really hope you'll take 3 minutes out of your day and do so... this...
Monday, March 19, 2012
We sure appreciate our Underwriters!  Underwriting helps defray business, event, marketing and campaign costs. This allows more donor dollars to go straight to work strengthening our community. Follow this link to view all of our current year Underwriters as well as to follow links to the materials that can help your company make the decision to support our work in this way.  As always, feel free to contact David Bailey at 255-0696 to discuss any details about how you can get your company involved!    
Friday, March 16, 2012
The NC Justice Center has prepared economic snapshots of all 100 counties in NC.  Categories include: Unemployment, Poverty, Wages & Income, Housing, Health, Education, Supports for Working Families and the Living Income Standard. View the Buncombe County SnapshotAre you interested in the other 99 counties? You can view any North Carolina county here. 
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Here is some information about proposed legislation that will impact funding for afterschool programs.   Topics Elementary and Secondary Education Act (No Child Left Behind) reauthorization and 21st Century Community Learning Center funding (CCLC)   Issues At this time CCLC is the only dedicated federal funding stream for afterschool programming. In the current version of the House bill, CCLC funding has been replaced by a block grant that may be used for afterschool, as well as a number of other interventions. One of the main concerns outlined by the Afterschool Alliance is that the changes will allow this once dedicated afterschool funding...

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