Every year our School Supply Drive gets bigger and bigger. Last year, as a result of this drive, 1,350 elementary and middle school aged children received a fully stocked backpack and extra materials were sent to local teachers. This year we reached a record setting 1,754! This is important for each child's experience on the first day of school but also for their families who are often struggling to keep food on the table or a roof over their head.
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Michelle was ready to go back to school and finish her bachelor’s degree. Like so many others, Michelle had started college but her plans were sidelined by family health emergencies, financial setbacks and the birth of her beautiful daughter.
Ed’s son, John, lost his only child, his marriage and his job. John’s been drinking regularly and started saying things that made Ed believe he would take his own life. Our 2-1-1 referral specialist was able to connect John to a mobile crisis team that could get him that help, right away.
In the fall, we placed our first full-time Resource Coordinator at Enka Middle School. This coordinator soon found an opportunity to serve kids who weren’t able to attend after school programming because of a lack of transportation. Many of these students arrive, by bus, 45 minutes before school starts and for the most part, wait in the cafeteria until classes begin.
News of Don Locke's passing is still incomprehensible to a community that drew strength from his loving spirit, his welcoming smile and his fierce commitment to social justice. Our heartfelt condolences to Don's wife Marjorie, his daughters and all who loved him. You can read his obituary here.
Hands On coordinates “We Care!” Experience for employee teams to participate in impactful service experiences that reduce the impact of poverty on people’s lives.
Last week, a dozen Highlands Circle members participated in a We Care! Experience here at United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County, creating 96 snack packs for Middle School students.
United Way believes that great things happen when we LIVE UNITED. We know we can accomplish more together, as a community, than we can alone. This past Friday we celebrated another year of hard work, and accomplishments, by hosting a luncheon for the partners that are leading the way through our Middle School Success Initiative.
We wanted to let everyone know that we just received a phone call from a member of our community.
She had been contacted by a General Roland Jeffrey with the "MultiNational Corporation" on Facebook, looking for financial support of their work to assist Syrian refugees. This person referenced that they had worked with United Way and specifically our United Way. While there were some legitimate sounding parts of the story, there were others that smelled distinctly like a scam to her. She alerted us to it and we agree.
"A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will never sit."
This quote embodies the kind of life Barbra and Keith Love choose to live and we are proud to announce them as the 2015 Alexis de Tocqueville Community Service Award recipients.
While initially a bit intimidated to greet a table full of middle schoolers, I was less than 3 minutes in to ”Hey,…how’s it going…I work for United Way and we…" when I found myself singing the praises of our 2-1-1 Asheville Call Center and asking the students if they had heard of this incredible, free information and referral service.