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Women United: 2,000 Books Wrapped (and counting)!

Last night at Hi-Wire brewing, members of Women United wrapped more than 2,000 books for local middle school kids this holiday season!

"Looking around the room, I was grateful for your presence and humbled to witness a servant spirit in volunteering your evening to benefit students right here in Asheville and Buncombe County," said Leadership Giving Manager Elizabeth Allen. "You are sharing the gift of dreaming, imagination, and, of course reading."

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Coordinator Spotlight: Kyle Garrett

Enka Middle School Resource Coordinator Kyle Garrett was featured in the Community Schools Coordinators Network Newsletter.

A network of the Coalition for Community Schools, this group is a forum for Community School Coordinators to share ideas and experiences, ask questions and get answers and have a centralized place to find resources and tools. 

Check out the newsletter below. 

As 2016 Closes; A Loving Community

A few weeks ago I was asked if I would join other nonprofit organizations and sign the following letter on behalf of United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County. The letter, crafted by Lael Gray of the Asheville Jewish Community Center, spoke beautifully to our collective resolve against divisiveness and offered a message of light and love in troubling times.

Girls on the Run 5K

"It was really fun to see the girls’ faces as they rounded the last corner to the finish line and realized they were seconds away from accomplishing what they had been working towards for weeks"

We were so excited to take part in the Girls on the Run of Western North Carolina 5K race at the Asheville Outlets this weekend. 

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2-1-1 and Hurricane Matthew

Wouldn't it be great if there was one place to call when you needed help? United Way thinks so. That’s why we run the NC 2-1-1 Asheville Call Center. When you need help or information for yourself, your family or someone you know all you need to do is dial 2-1-1 or visit NC211.org to get connected. Dial 2-1-1, it’s FREE, 24/7, and available in all languages.

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Who Got You Through?

Did you know that in Asheville and Buncombe County, children who live in poverty graduate from high school at a rate of 78% while their classmates graduate at a rate of more than 95%?  While every student faces challenges, those who live in poverty must navigate significantly more obstacles in order to make it to graduation. And graduation is critical; every student that doesn’t faces a life filled with greater obstacles - impacting their long-term health and income and often determining whether or not they live in poverty the rest of their life.

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