First Place Winners!!! Oh, how we all love The AsheVillage People, also known as the VanWinkle Law Firm. Other than practicing law, they pride themselves on giving back to the community. Van Winkle has been an excellent partner with United Way for many years. In addition to running a highly successful workplace campaign, Heather Goldstein serves on our campaign cabinet. Heather and some of her fellow colleagues performed a classic song from the 70’s, with a twist.
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This year, during their annual fall fund drive, WCQS has a simple goal, no interruptions, and every gift matched! Western North Carolina’s public radio station is raising $200,000 by September 21st without interrupting programming and while they do it, they are raising awareness and money for our work here at United Way.
Did you know that at Erwin Middle School alone we represent over 20 countries and more than 23 languages?
The Erwin District has the highest rate of newcomer (young people coming to the U.S. for the first time) students in the county. On the first day of school alone we had two Ukrainian, three Marshallese, one Russian, and three Hispanic students come through our doors for their VERY FIRST day of school in the United States.
Each year, we welcome a new group of people into the ranks of our United Way staff. The LEs (Loaned Executives) are full time, temporary staff who assist with our annual fundraising campaign in area workplaces. Since the program's inception there are more than 300 people that have served our community in this capacity and they all look at their experience as an important part of their life story.
A record 1,754 fully-stocked backpacks were distributed to local students! At an estimated $35 per bag, the worth of 2016 supply drive donations equals $61,390. That's amazing and here's a bit about how it happened.
We Care! Experience at Montreat College
We believe that the people in our community, the people who Give, Advocate and Volunteer, are pretty spectacular people and they deserve a bright light shone upon them.
On July 28 BorgWarner Turbo Systems employees gave 200 fully stocked backpacks to students and staff of the Salvation Army’s Boys and Girls Club. The Boys and Girls Club is one of nine organizations that will then distribute the backpacks to area families over the course of the next few weeks.