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Asheville Buncombe Middle Grades Network: Spring Luncheon

by Emily Bradley, guest writer

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.

Syrian Appeal Scam on Facebook

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.

Barbra and Keith Love

"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.

 

Facing a table full of middle school students

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 Awarded NobleCause Grant

View the full list of grants made by NobleCause

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.

Asheville In the 1980's

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.

Albuquerque and Beyond...

While the excitement and knowledge is fresh, let's capture a few thoughts from our time away.  Answer as many questions as you'd like. We'll take your answers and create a series of blogs that help share our experience with our community.

Thank you for everything!

 

(BTW - below each question/field, you'll find a little prompt to help you answer each question).

 

 

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What three words would you use to sum up your personal experience at the conference?
We do it all the time - expect to reach the moon and never get above the trees or we expect little and get so much. How did this conference measure up to your expectations and what was it that made that true?
We heard a lot of amazing things at this conference. What were the biggest "A-ha's" for you? Did anything specific transform your thinking about an issue or our work?
One of the best things about a conference like this is that there is a lot to "steal". What communities are doing the coolest things that you hope we can replicate someday? These can be "big" things like structures or programs or it can be "small" things like the way they talk about some part of the work or the way someone designed their literature.
There were close to 2k people from big and small communities across the nation at this conference. Some have been doing this work for ages and others are fairly new to it all. How do you feel about our place in this work? Is there anything in particular you are proud of our efforts for?
What do you wish people knew about what is happening here in our community? Do you have a "Call to Action" for those who work in the schools and nonprofits, the parents and general community?
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