On Wednesday, December 13, nearly 50 members of Women United gathered in the spirit of giving at Highland Brewing to wrap more than 1,000 books for local school kids.
The wrapped books were donated by local residents through a partnership with Barnes and Noble at the Asheville Mall. This event marks the fifth year for United Way’s Book Drive and the third year in partnership with Barnes and Noble. The drive will continue at the Barnes and Noble Asheville location through the end of December and donated books will be distributed by United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County to local youth serving programs and public schools.
Partners, Partners, Partners
United Way would like to extend our heart-felt gratitude to Barnes and Noble for all of their support and for partnering with us to bring the love of reading to area students. We would like to take this space to make clear that this annual event would NOT be possible without the generosity of Barnes and Noble — THANK YOU! We would also like to thank Women United members for showing up on a cold and blustery evening and working hard to ensure all the books were wrapped. In addition, we would like to thank Highland Brewing for their professionalism, the great space inside their event center and for being gracious hosts! And last but certainly not least, Women United sponsor, Beverly Hanks & Associates, without who's help, much of the good work accomplished would not be possible.
"Women United mobilizes women to use their energy, talent and passion advocating for social change. We are proud to demonstrate the powerful impact women can make when they pool their individual talents and financial resources. We focus on Middle School Success; championing the cause, sharing the message and supporting middle school students and their families."
--Ann Ray, Women United Chair
Since its founding in 2013, local Women United members have raised more than $900,000 to help in the fight for the education, health, and financial stability of every person living in Asheville and Buncombe County.