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My Year as an AmeriCorps VISTA Member

Middle school youth are my favorite age group to work with because of their desire to learn and play at the same time. In this age group students are undergoing immense physical, emotional, and intellectual changes and it can be a difficult time for everyone including students, parents, families and teachers.

"American Promise" Encore Showing on May 9

About 30 community leaders, as well as representatives from Asheville City Schools and Buncombe County Schools, viewed the powerful documentary American Promise on April 29. Recorded over 13 years, the film is an intimate and provocative account of the experiences of two middle-class African-American boys who entered a very prestigious – and historically white – private school on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

United Way's Kevin Montgomery Featured on "No Limits"

Kevin Montgomery, our Resource Development Director, was recently featured on No Limits. The show is a collaboration between A-B Tech and WRES 100.7 FM and airs at 11 a.m. every other Wednesday with rebroadcasts throughout the week.

The show covers education issues impacting the urban community. Kevin's an alumn of the college and spoke about how the community can support students and where an A-B Tech degree can take you. In Kevin's case, it brought him to United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County nearly 14 years ago.

Marilyn Patton Leaves a Legacy of Philanthropy

by David Bailey

We’ve lost a dear friend and I want to share a few memories with you.

Marilyn Patton, the first lady of philanthropy to so many in our community, passed on April 9. If you never had the opportunity to meet Marilyn, the best way I can describe her is that she was a funny, feisty, generous, approachable and knowledgeable woman. Most of all, she was kind and we will miss her.