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Take a look to see some of the themes your neighbors feel are important to improve the Education, Income and Health prospects for all of us in Asheville and Buncombe County.

Voices for the Common Good: Asheville and Buncombe County Speaks Out on Education, Income and Health

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Beginning in 2010, we joined others around the country and the world in conducting community conversations. During the course of 24 months we convened 42 very different groups of Buncombe County residents and asked them to share their aspirations for the kind of community they want and what it means to have a good life. 326 people shared their thoughts and dreams. Read this report for the themes we uncovered and the words people used to describe their ideal community.

In each conversation we asked people about the kind of community they want to live in, what gets in the way of that ideal, what can be done to fix the problems and, specifically, what do they think keeps young adults who have dropped out of school or are unemployed from having a chance at a good life. The notes from those conversations were sent to United Way Worldwide, where they were combined with responses from the other communities around the country as well as 11 other countries.



United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County was the only United Way in the state to participate and one of only two smaller communities. We believe these conversations are very important, and we will continue to conduct them so we can learn from people about their concerns and dreams. We also plan on hosting several in workplace setting with employees.

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