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Thursday, July 16, 2015
“In lieu of flowers, the family requests that today you pay tribute to George by simply reaching out and helping someone who is in need. This simple act would sum up his life.” What a profoundly beautiful statement. Each of us, regardless of position or wealth, can reach out to improve another person’s life, if only to let them know they are not alone. It is with a heavy heart that we share the news that George Pfeiffer, former CEO of United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County, has passed away. George served as our President and CEO from 1984 to his retirement in 1999. George had also worked with United Way of Dade County, United Way of...
Thursday, July 9, 2015
by Ron KatzCommunity Fund Director The national AmeriCorps program strengthens community collaborations that have improved student success, delivered services to the elderly, and improved trails and greenways. In Buncombe County, many nonprofits place AmeriCorps members to provide important services in our community including United Way (Middle School Success Initiative), Children First/Communities in Schools (Project Power), Asheville City Schools Foundation and Big Brothers Big Sisters. AmeriCorps members work as tutors and mentors at schools, as well as in after-school programs, among dozens and dozens of assignments. If funding is cut,...
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Our offices will be closed on Friday, July 3. However, NC 2-1-1 will still be available 24 hours a day, just as they are 365 days a year. Other agencies in the United Way Community Services Center may be open; please call them to confirm.
Thursday, June 4, 2015
They say the only constant is change so, with that in mind, we want to make sure you know about some big staff changes here at United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County. Ann Von Brock After 35 years in health and human services, including 27 as a member of our staff, Ann Von Brock has stepped down from her position as Vice President of Planning and Community Investment. Ann has shepherded us through so many significant organizational transformations it is impossible to list them all, but a few include bringing 2-1-1 to Buncombe County and expanding its footprint to a multi-county region; the creation of Children First as a United Way...
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Our offices will be closed on Monday, May 25. However, NC 2-1-1 will still be available 24 hours a day, just as they are 365 days a year. Other agencies in the United Way Community Services Center may be open; please call them to confirm.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
On May 20, United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County’s Board of Directors approved its 2015-2016 Investment Strategy, the result of a competitive grant process in which $2.2 million will be invested in 82 high-quality local programs. Final reports from last year’s funded partners improved the lives of almost 63,000 people right here in Buncombe County. For some, this means gaining access to their first affordable home, for others it means support and training following a layoff. In the area of education, United Way invests in programs that span an entire educational spectrum - from school readiness in kindergarten to supportive programs...
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Your contributions are a powerful demonstration of your commitment to our community and a great example of what it means to LIVE UNITED! When you give to United Way’s Community Investment Fund you are telling others that you believe in the power of people working together to make OUR community stronger. Throughout these reports are examples of how your support for United Way helps us to fulfill our mission: Unite People. Improve Lives. Strengthen Community. United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County is about local giving with local impact. We believe in fiscal transparency and our 2014 annual reports are available online. To view a report,...
Monday, March 30, 2015
Our offices will be closed on Friday, April 3. However, NC 2-1-1 information and referral specialists will still be available 24 hours a day, just as they are 365 days a year. Other agencies in the United Way Community Services Center may be open; please call them to confirm. Office space is available in our building located on 50 South French Broad Avenue in downtown Asheville. More information is available here.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
You may be hitting the gym in preparation of beach and pool season, but you've got justification to cheat a little. The folks at Ultimate Ice Cream have selected our Back-to-School Supply Drive to be the recipient of their credit card processing GiveBack program. For the next six months, we will receive a percentage of all credit card sales. Last summer, Ultimate Ice Cream dished caramel ice cream in support of the Back-to-School Supply Drive. That effort helped us shatter previous records and send 1,101 fully-stocked backpacks into the community so all students could start the year equipped to succeed. This year's drive begins on June 20....
Friday, March 6, 2015
Western North Carolina accounting firm Johnson Price Sprinkle (JPS) was presented the Spirit of North Carolina award during United Way of North Carolina’s Annual Meeting in Pinehurst. “We are so proud of JPS and all of the great organizations who support Asheville and Buncombe County. We live in one of the greatest places where businesses, government and nonprofits come together to build a strong community,” says David Bailey, President/CEO of United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County. “For JPS to be recognized statewide shows how much they support making this a wonderful place to live and work for everyone.” The Spirit of North Carolina...

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