United Way Annual Meeting Held April 27

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United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County held it's Annual Meeting Wednesday, April 27 at the Holiday Inn Biltmore West.

The event was a reflection of United Way's work during 2010, connecting the dots between the needs in our community and our ability to do something about them through our investments in Education, Income and Health; between our strategies of Giving, Advocating and Volunteering and the power of collection action; between the success of our neighbors in need and our own success.

We are all interconnected. What happens to our neighbors matters to us, and we have a stake in their success. That's why we work with the whole community to help the whole person. All across our community, people are LIVING UNITED! They are volunteering and helping children move successfully from kindergarten through high school graduation. They are advocating and helping individuals to be able to become financially self-sufficient. And they are giving, helping their neighbors stay safe from violence and have access to healthcare.

Ann Young, board chair from 2009-2010, was proud to report that United Way took important steps forward in 2010 to help people improve their lives and care for one another. For the first time in 2010, United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County invested in its Education, Income and Health plans, providing almost $3.1 million toward services like high quality child care, mentoring and tutoring; basic needs assistance, literacy training and financial and housing counseling; and violence prevention, wellness programs and primary, behavioral and dental care. United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County launched its first focused initiative, selecting the topic of Middle School Success to address in a new and comprehensive way. United Way's 2-1-1 of WNC and Hands On Asheville-Buncombe both made a significant impact on the ability of our neighbors to access information on the resources they need to be successful and the opportunities to give back and help their neighbors have a better life.

You can learn more about each of these achievements on the pages of this website.