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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — Members of a local group rolled up their sleeves and gave back to the community on Martin Luther King Day. United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County’s volunteer center, Hands On Asheville-Buncombe, did some winter cleaning at Erwin Middle School. Volunteers spent three hours sanitizing the school. The group said stopping the spread of germs during cold and flu season will cut back on the number of students who are absent and make sure students have a healthy chance to succeed. "I always look to see who needs help in the community. We decided this would be a great opportunity," Samantha Zuniga of Asheville, said....
Friday, January 13, 2017
The Hero Effect is an uplifting docu-series that brings to life the stories of ordinary individuals who are making extraordinary differences in their communities. Shot on location in ten different communities across the country, each episode brings audiences real-life stories that show the impact one person can make. The Hero Effect’s episode #3, which will air Saturday, January 14, 2016 10 A.M. | 9 A.M. Central on OWN, highlights More Too Life, an organization advancing victims of all forms of sexual violence and human trafficking. There are an estimated 20.9 million victims of human trafficking worldwide, including in all 50 states and...
Monday, January 9, 2017
United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County is dedicated to the financial stability, health and education of every person in our community. While there are many things that we can do locally to improve opportunities for our neighbors, others must happen on a statewide or national level. One of these important tools is the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Our local advocacy partner, The Success Equation (Children First/Communities In Schools) is leading an effort to let our representatives know the impact that the ACA has on our community. Background Currently, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides coverage for millions of Americans, which has the...
Monday, December 19, 2016
"When we asked Dr. Jill Hoggard-Green if she would be willing to make a contribution that would enable a two to one match on book donations to our annual Holiday Book Drive for middle school youth, she didn't hesitate to say yes. This kind and generous spirit is evident throughout the Mission Health system and I feel fortunate that I get to connect these amazing people to such rich opportunities." Elizabeth Allen, United Way   Mission Health team members gather for a photo after a wrapping blitz at HiWire's Big Top last week.   This year, Dr. Jill Hoggard-Green made a contribution that kicked our annual book drive into high gear. Her...
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Enka Middle School Resource Coordinator Kyle Garrett was featured in the Community Schools Coordinators Network Newsletter. A network of the Coalition for Community Schools, this group is a forum for Community School Coordinators to share ideas and experiences, ask questions and get answers and have a centralized place to find resources and tools.  Check out the newsletter below.  Coordinator Spotlight - Kyle Garrett Posted by Jennifer Masutani on December 12, 2016 at 8:32pm View Blog 1. Tell us about your community school.  We are in the second year of implementing the community school strategy at Enka Middle School. We are part of...
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
A new inspirational docu-series, The Hero Effect, is airing on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) with an episode highlighting a United Way-supported restaurant and culinary training facility that provides a positive environment for teens recently released from juvenile detention.  Presented by United Way and produced by Dolphin Entertainment, The Hero Effect is an uplifting docu-series that brings to life the stories of ordinary individuals who are making extraordinary differences in their communities. The ten-episode original series brings audiences real-life stories that build on United Way’s credo to fight for the health, education, and...
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
We are proud to announce that our newest community project, Homework Diners, will be supported through a People In Need Grant from The Community Foundation of WNC. Their investment will go a long way to ensure that we will be able to provide a free, fresh and healthy, weekly meal at three local middle schools in the coming year. These Homework Diners are an opportunity to bring students, families and their community together for fellowship over food, and provide an opportunity for students to get academic support from school staff and community volunteers. In addition, parents and community members will have a chance to take part in...
Monday, November 28, 2016
"This is the first time I have felt real hope for my child at school. I was able to meet with his teachers and it wasn't some huge deal. We just spoke and I feel like I was actually heard. THIS diner is a good thing." - parent attending the first Homework Diner at Enka Middle Enka Middle hosted our first Homework Diner last night! Check out the great photos from the evening. More than 80 attendees – including students, family members, volunteers and support staff – came together to enjoy a delicious meal catered by Green Opportunities and to work on homework together. Representatives from Pisgah Legal Services, RHA Prevention Resource Center...
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
With YOUR help, we can put brand new books in the hands of local middle school youth this holiday season. In partnership with the local Barnes & Noble and local author, Robert Beatty, of the Serafina books, we are hoping to give the gift of reading to hundreds of students in our community. It's easy, just: visit Barnes & Noble (Asheville Mall) buy some books from the suggested list below leave them with your Barnes & Noble cashier Thanks to local author Robert Beatty, if you buy one of the Serafina books at Barnes & Noble, we will match it with two more. So your one book donation becomes three! OR buy new books from the list...
Friday, November 4, 2016
The Asheville Buncombe Middle Grades Network brings together Asheville City Schools, Buncombe County Schools and community partners around a shared vision of creating success ready 9th graders and improving graduation rates, using a collective impact approach. This week, United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County’s Middle School Success Initiative hosted a two day conference with members of the Middle Grades Network. The conference began with a luncheon and two-hour presentation from Curtiss Sarikey, Senior Director for the Stuart Foundation, Dr. Pam Baldwin, Asheville City Schools Superintendent, Dr. Tony Baldwin, Buncombe County Schools...

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