Top Blog Posts of 2014, Part 2

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Charlie Zoe Asheville5. Lessons Learned by United Way Fathers

There are studies about the importance of parents' impact on the well-being of their children. Cognitive ability, educational achievement, psychological well-being and social behavior are all affected during kids' formative years. But what impact do children have on their parents? On Father's Day, a few of the fathers at United Way reflected on what they've gotten out of fatherhood.

4. "What Can I Do?"

We heard about, and wanted to share, this piece by Wayne Drummond, AIG Specialist at Black Mountain Elementary and Owen Middle. He shares a list with parents at the start of the school year, but the point is timeless. It includes a baker's dozen worth of ways parents and guardians can help their children with school from his perspective as a father and educator.

Asheville Women's Leadership Council WLC3. Looking Back on a Year of WLC

In 2013, 45 caring women came together to launch the Women's Leadership Council (WLC) of Asheville and Buncombe County. In less than a year, this group grew to 152 members, raising nearly $240,000 and contributing more than 200 volunteer hours through WLC alone. We took a look at a year of rather impressive work that happened thanks to the dynamic power of women set on creating success-ready ninth graders.

LE Bowling Asheville2. Meet the LE Class of 2014

Each year, an incredible group of people fill some very important roles in the community. We call them Loaned Executives (LE) and they are professional-level, temporary fundraisers. They are often the first face many think of when they think of United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County. Without them, we wouldn't be able to reach YOU. Without YOU, we wouldn't be able to make measurable improvements in the community.

Homeless Teen Middle School1. Homeless Students Face Barriers to Education in Buncombe County

Recent reports indicate Buncombe County has over 750 homeless students and the numbers continue to rise. These kids come to school hungry, cold and uncertain about where they might sleep that night, and we ask them to learn on top of everything else they carry. Enka Middle School's Wendy Logan Cuellar shared stories about a few of these amazing students and how resources such as NC 2-1-1 are helping their families.

Your relationship with United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County doesn't end with a donation or a day of service. Often, that's just the beginning. So you feel confident in your investments of time, talent and treasure, we strive to stay in touch throughout the year through newsletters, blog posts and news updates on our website, social media, snail mail, and events.

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