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Monday, June 18, 2012
Every year kids head off for summer break, and every year parents worry about how to keep the kids engaged, out of their hair and out of trouble. Unfortunately many teachers know that they have a battle to wage when the kids emerge from summer break, it is called summer learning loss or summer brain drain - and it's the reality that key skills learned just months earlier have slipped away during break.   For those parents and caregivers, looking for ideas on engaging their kids this summer, Gina Gallo,  Youth Success Manager at United Way, has assembled a pretty hearty group of resources for you to use.  Summer Fun and Learning Resources for...
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Chris Young, our 2011 Campaign Chair, noted that a challenge during the 2011-12 campaign that a majority of our focus was on companies and individuals with which we have a long history and not as much on cultivation of new business relationships.  Chris felt that it was time to create a new position on our campaign cabinet, one devoted solely to cultivation of new relationships. The best part of this idea? Not only did Chris suggest it, he stepped up to chair the effort AND he recruited a top-notch team to implement the plan. Now that's leadership! We are excited that seven former Campaign Chairs and several current board members...
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Follow this link to read more about a great opportunity to join our team as an Americorp/VISTA member.  We are really excited about this new opportunity and we hope you will help spread the word.  We will begin reviewing applications next week so be sure to jump on this!
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Check out United Way's 2012-2013 Investment Strategy for improving Education, Income and Health conditions in Asheville and Buncombe County.
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...

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