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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...
Monday, February 6, 2012
Well maybe we're info-geeks but we found this 2012 Guidebook by Buncombe County Government to be quite informative and interesting.  So what did we like most?  Easy to find contact info for our elected officials and administrators The governmental department structure All the practical information about living more intentionally Updates on projects like the new addition to the county building, green energy and all the greenways All the new technologies from youtube channels to apps that have been created to help us engage with our government services better oh and the awards our folks have gotten - congrats to the web designers and our...
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Are you all about connecting people in our community to meaningful volunteer opportunities?  Do you believe that when our community joins together to tackle problems we are all stronger for it?  If so... we are searching for a director of Hands On Asheville-Buncombe, a program of United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County.   Are you all about ensuring that work environments are functional, efficient and welcoming? Do you want to work somewhere that values your contributions and where you know that your efforts support work that impacts our greater community?  If so... United Way is looking for a new Administrative Assistant.   Do you love...
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...

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