On May 20, United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County’s Board of Directors approved its 2015-2016 Investment Strategy, the result of a competitive grant process in which $2.2 million will be invested in 82 high-quality local programs. Final reports from last year’s funded partners improved the lives of almost 63,000 people right here in Buncombe County. For some, this means gaining access to their first affordable home, for others it means support and training following a layoff. In the area of education, United Way invests in programs that span an entire educational spectrum - from school readiness in kindergarten to supportive programs that impact a child throughout their educational experience.
This investment is one of four strategies we us in our effort to reduce the impact of poverty on people's lives and strengthen our community by improving the education, income and health of our neighbors. Our strategies include:
- Competitive Grants - We invest in high-quality, results-based programs that align with its goals in the areas of Education, Income or Health. We really do see these programs as our partners, serving people, from infants to senior citizens, across our entire county.
- Middle School Success Initiative - We are working with Asheville City Schools, Buncombe County Schools and area nonprofits to ensure that students navigate the middle school years, ready to tackle ninth grade, graduation and beyond. We are establishing three pilot schools, Enka, Erwin and Asheville middle schools where we will help to coordinate efforts that support the students, families and surrounding community. Think of this as anchoring our impact within neighborhoods, using middle schools as hubs of service.
- NC 2-1-1 - We continue to connect people to ways to get help, and the health and human service resources they need. We are available 24/7 through our free, confidential, information and referral service, in all languages.
- Hands On Asheville Buncombe - We believe that together, we can do anything, that’s why we connect people to ways to GIVE, ADVOCATE and VOLUNTEER. Our volunteer center, Hands On Asheville-Buncombe, connect people and groups to ways they can help others.