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.
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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.
United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County is pleased to announce being named as the recipient of a $50,000 grant through NobleCause, a grant competition mobilizing volunteers to address the greatest challenges facing their communities.
Seven awards of $50,000 were available to organizations working to assemble partners to develop volunteer leaders to work toward multiplying the number of volunteers needed to address significant local issues.
We'll admit it, we were officially BLOWN AWAY by the numbers of people who came to our annual end of year celebration. Typically we've served upwards of 150 - 200 people at this event. Not this year. Our best estimates - more than 400 people joined in the fun! Check out the photo gallery.
We've been garnering some good coverage about some aspects of our work. Here is a sample:
The North Carolina Room, Pack Memorial Library is presenting a six part series called Asheville in the 1980s: A Formative Decade Told by Those Who Shaped It
If you missed the first in the series you can check out the blog where you will also find the full schedule of the remaining public forums about key moments in our community during the 1980's.