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Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Featured on WLOS.com  WLOS — BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. -- A band playing music with a message visited one Buncombe County School recently. Owen Middle Schoolers "rocked out" to a financial literacy rock concert. The four-person rock band Gooding is based out of Los Angeles. They travel the country, making 60 stops and sharing inspirational lessons of finance and discipline. Teachers said financial literacy can be a lifetime struggle for some people. That's why it's important to start early. "If we can start building the foundation now for how to manage money, how to think about money, how to think about what you're bringing in and what's going...
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Originally featured as a Guest Column on Monday, October 10th, in the Asheville Citizen Times. The places where we live shape our lives and our health. Safe and convenient neighborhoods lay a foundation for a more equitable and thriving city where families can live, work and grow. Investing in housing affordability, sidewalks, bus shelters, greenways, parks, streets and bike lanes can improve our health and support the success of families. Our communities and neighborhoods affect our health in important ways. When we live in homes near parks and bike paths, exercise is easier. When we live near grocery stores where good food is available, it...
Thursday, October 6, 2016
Homework Diners are weekly family engagement events that will take place on Tuesday evenings in the Enka Middle School cafeteria, starting November 15th.   Students and families will receive a free meal; students and families will also receive tutoring support and help with homework from trained teachers and volunteer tutors. Homework Diners are open to any family in the Enka-Candler community, whether they have a child attending the school or not. Attendees will also have the chance to learn about community resources and take advantage of a variety of educational programs at these events. Volunteer opportunities include: Registering...
Thursday, October 6, 2016
Last week, the band GOODING, a Nashville-based indie rock band, performed a series of financial literacy rock concerts for Asheville schools through a partnership with nonprofit Funding the Future. Using the power of a live rock performance to deliver inspirational lessons of finance and discipline to young people, Funding the Future helps students see their dreams as possibilities. The nonprofit’s performance combines a concert, multimedia presentation and talkback to discuss predatory lending, saving early and the danger of credit card debt, while exposing the myth of overnight success associated with rock stars, athletes and actors. The...
Thursday, September 15, 2016
This year, during their annual fall fund drive, WCQS has a simple goal, no interruptions, and every gift matched! Western North Carolina’s public radio station is raising $200,000 by September 21st without interrupting programming and while they do it, they are raising awareness and money for our work here at United Way. Every gift pledged to WCQS by September 21st is being matched for United Way Asheville and Buncombe County. The WCQS / United Way match grant challenge is made possible thanks to the generous support of Arby’s/Brumit Restaurant Group, United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council, The Peaks Society and members of the Alexis de...
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Each year, we welcome a new group of people into the ranks of our United Way staff. The LEs (Loaned Executives) are full time, temporary staff who assist with our annual fundraising campaign in area workplaces. Since the program's inception there are more than 300 people that have served our community in this capacity and they all look at their experience as an important part of their life story. Come meet the team at KICKOFF: Click here to reserve your space Welcome to the LE Class of 2016 John-Peter KokkinosDivision: Legal, Business and Consumer Services, Tourism  and Leisure John-Peter Kokkinos is a new addition to Asheville-Buncombe...
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
A record 1,754 fully-stocked backpacks were distributed to local students! At an estimated $35 per bag, the worth of 2016 supply drive donations equals $61,390. That's amazing and here's a bit about how it happened. Check out the photos here - students, volunteers and lots of great school supplies. Strong because of our community. The following companies all held drives among their employees and customers - this is a true community led event! 14th Weather Squadron Asheville Chamber of Commerce Asheville Radio Group/Mix 96.5 Asheville Savings Bank Asheville Tourists Biltmore Inn Borg Warner CarePartners Foundation Clean Environments...
Thursday, August 4, 2016
On July 28 BorgWarner Turbo Systems employees gave 200 fully stocked backpacks to students and staff of the Salvation Army’s Boys and Girls Club. The Boys and Girls Club is one of nine organizations that will then distribute the backpacks to area families over the course of the next few weeks. Check out news coverage of the event on WLOS Photos from the day. Background The employees of BorgWarner Turbo Systems know how to make things happen for local school kids. Building off three years of experience in previous drives, BorgWarner purchased 200 backpacks. They then offered up the opportunity for employees to fill them with supplies. To...
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
As you might know, we at United Way feel pretty fortunate to own this incredible building at 50 S. French Broad. Not only do we have space for our own work, we are also able to rent out office space to a number of great nonprofits, public services and a few small businesses. Our Parking Lot Our parking lot is used by the clients, staff and volunteers of these organizations. When OnTrack Financial is teaching a first time homebuyers class, their clients have free parking. When Children First/Communities in Schools is hosting a training for people serving students in their Resource Centers - they have free parking. When the board of directors...
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
On Wednesday, July 20, 2016 some 16 artists and their families gathered to celebrate the opening of a new art exhibition featuring their recent works. Housed in UNC Asheville’s Highsmith Art and Intercultural Gallery, the exhibit included works in a variety of mediums from 39 artists, and was admired by members of the community, educators, prominent citizens of Asheville and the local media. The artists, as it happens, are in middle school. Rebecca Gibson, a student at Charles D. Owen Middle School, had two pieces selected for inclusion in the third annual Celebrating Middle School Success exhibition. Gibson said she often incorporates...

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