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.
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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.
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).
When you sit down and listen to people tell their story, you find out all kinds of amazing things. That’s what happened when our team of AmeriCorps VISTA members at Erwin Middle School began interviewing key members of the Erwin school community. Every few days, they sit down with faculty and staff to ask them what encouraged them to become teachers and what motivates them each and every day. The first three staff that they interviewed are showcased below.