A recent article by Beth Walton highlights the efforts of Children First/Communities in School, the YWCA of Asheville, and United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County.
With so much at stake in this year's election, area nonprofits are stepping up their efforts to get out the vote in innovative ways.
Children First / Communities In Schools printed 40,000 copies of its 2014 Buncombe County Voter Guide, the most it has printed to date.
"Five or six years ago, we were just printing them off the printer in our office," said Allison Jordan, executive director of the nonprofit which focuses on empowering children and their families.
YWCA of Asheville has been working on voter registration with Democracy North Carolina and the American Association of University Women since March, said Beth Maczka, chief executive officer of the organization which works to eliminate racism and empower women.
"We want people to understand that these policies affect them, and that elected officials impact their wallets every day," Maczka said.
United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County is ramping up its voter education programs for the first time, said Elisabeth Bocklet, director of marketing and communications for the umbrella agency.
In addition to sending out memos to its partner organizations encouraging involvement in voter education, this year it created a voter's page on its website, and rolled out an online pledge program.
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