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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...
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
  Check out the electronic-only release of the annual report focusing on the work of Hands On Asheville-Buncombe.      
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
If you haven't already seen it, Carolina Public Press just released an article about nonprofit organizations and the effect the economy has had on the increased demand for their services and their ability to raise funds. Vicki Lloyd, Marketing Director for United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County and Rachael Nygaard 2-1-1 Director were both interviewed for this article. 
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Many thanks to the Asheville Chamber and BB&T for the opportunity to host this morning's Breakfast Before Hours.  What a great crowd of enthusiastic people!  We hope everyone had as much fun as we did.    If you weren't able to make it - here are some photos.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Well this is the day that we get an "official pass" to get all sorts of goofy and goey about those we love.  We at United Way have a whole lot of love for you and our greater community of Asheville and Buncombe County (and of course NC, our country and our gorgeous globe!)   Here are just a few messages from those of us in the office right now: Thank you for being “sweethearts” to our community - Karen Vernon, Finance   Listening is an act of love! With much appreciation and respect, we wish all our callers in the community a Happy Valentine's Day! - Yours Truly, 2-1-1 Referral Specialists   You make me smile... - Lisa Ross, Administration...
Monday, February 13, 2012
We are so proud to announce that Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP and Meritor have been named Spirit of North Carolina award winners for their commitment to supporting United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County.The Spirit of North Carolina Awards for Campaign Excellence is sponsored annually by the United Way of North Carolina. The awards program provides statewide recognition for exceptional management and employee commitment and support to communities through local United Way involvement. The competitive awards are presented to honor corporate and not-for-profit organizations that demonstrate excellence in their United Way campaigns.   Learn more...

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