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Thursday, January 12, 2012
Wow, 2011 you were an incredible whirlwind!  So much happened and here are just a few of the highlights we thought you'd want to know about: 2011 Highlights Day of Caring turned 20 and 2-1-1 of WNC turned 10. With assistance from our Middle School Success Initiative, the YMCA added Owen Middle School to their after-school programming. We debuted an online grant application software and greatly improved the application process for our partners and our volunteers. We launched a new interactive website and a monthly e-newsletter.  Check them out if you haven’t already. We received 501(h) status.  To explain, Federal law allows nonprofits to...
Friday, December 9, 2011
A record number of attendees were present for Tuesday morning's Legislative Briefing by the NC Budget and Tax Center and United Way of North Carolina.  The gathering, held at AB Tech's Enka campus is one of 10 being held across the state and is expected to be the largest.   Each year the Legislative Briefing brings analysis of economic conditions, budgetary decisions and assesments of their combined impact on our state and local communities. Non-profits and local governments utilize this information so that they can be better informed and prepared for the issues that lie ahead.    Here is the Companion Guide that was provided to participants...
Friday, December 2, 2011
Big THANKS to Austin Grainger and the Arden Target store! Today he delivered 20, six-foot, pre-lit Christmas trees. We have coordinated with our nonprofit partners who will in turn distribute these trees to families they know are in need. Thanks Target! And thanks to our partners who do such great work.   *Please note that United Way will not be distributing these trees directly to individuals.  Instead, all trees will be given by our nonprofit community partners to their current clients.   
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Last year, over 10% of 2-1-1's call volume was from individuals seeking assistance for utility bills.  Cold weather often increases our area's need for utility assistance, as many community members struggle with the high cost of keeping their families warm each winter.    There are a few programs in our area that seek increase the energy efficiency of homes and alleviate the financial strain of utility bills by offering weatherization programs to low-income households.  These programs improve the insulation of their clients' homes, which not only reduces heating bills in the winter, but also air conditioning bills in summer.  Programs that...
Monday, November 28, 2011
Lynn Pegg receives an iPad2 from Jim Neu, owner of CityMac. Lynn won it during the "You Need the Middle" e-card campaign this fall.  Thanks to Jim and CityMac for this most generous donation!   You may have noticed seeing "You Need the Middle" in a lot of places over the last 8 weeks.  We shared messages with our community about the importance of the middle school years and the role we each can play in helping to ensure kids get through those years successfully.    While the media campaign comes to a close, our efforts to improve opportunities for middle school youth continues by: organizing trainings for youth development...
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Did you know that nationally 1,200,000, or 1 in 3, teens drop out of high school every year? By the time Amanda called 2-1-1 of WNC, she was at her wits’ end. She had done all she could to encourage her 12-year-old son, Jackson, as he struggled with school and his new environment now that she was divorced from his dad. However, Jackson needed more help than Amanda could provide. He tried to overcome a reading disorder, dyslexia, and had become a B student at the beginning of middle school, but his gains were being erased by his bad behavior, and he now disliked school. Jackson refused to take medicine for his ADHD, refused to follow his...
Monday, November 14, 2011
Here it is! The video you've heard folks talking about... the campaign announcement made at Celebration on November 4th. Enjoy!  
Thursday, November 10, 2011
  It's here!  The new and improved Hands On Asheville-Buncombe web site is up and running.  It's not only really good looking, it also has a lot of new and exciting features including a more powerful search tool that will make it even easier to find just the right volunteer opportunity for you! Hands On Asheville-Buncombe is excited about everything this new site will offer. The new Handsonasheville.org will continue to release updates and features even beyond Nov. 5, in an effort to constantly improve user experience and functionality. We appreciate your patience and feedback as we work to make volunteerism as accessible as possible for...
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
We’re excited to announce that on November 5th, Hands On Asheville-Buncombewill launch a new and improved website with lots of exciting features including apowerful search tool that will make it even easier to find just the right volunteeropportunity for you! To accommodate this transition, Handsonasheville.org will be inaccessiblebetween November 2nd- 4th. The new and improved Handsonasheville.org will beup and running on November 5th. Hands On Asheville-Buncombe is excited about everything this new site will offer.The new Handsonasheville.org will continue to release updates and features evenbeyond Nov. 5, in an effort to constantly...
Friday, October 28, 2011
  Don't miss a great opportunity to celebrate a year of Living United!  So many great people; Givers, Advocates and Volunteers alike, accomplished a lot over the last year and it's time to take a moment and honor those efforts.  We'll be at the Crowne Plaza from 8:15-10am November 4. Good food, good people, a lot of laughter... we hope to see you there... Read more about the event and purchase your tickets online.  Oh, and we need your rsvps by Tuesday so that the Crowne Plaza can plan appropriately, thanks!    

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