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Only TWO More Drawings Left In the KIA Soul Giveaway!

We know you care deeply about our community and want us to be a strong and vibrant place for all our neighbors.  Your donation to United Way supports the Education, Income and Health of our community. And right now, your donation of $250 or more to our Community Investment Fund will also put you in the running for a brand new KIA Soul, courtesy of Paramount KIA of Asheville.

Get all the details here and make your donation today!

Free Health Insurance Clinic This Thursday at Pisgah Legal Services

Pisgah Legal is hosting a health insurance navigation clinic on Thursday, Dec. 19 from 4:00 - 7:00 pm at their Asheville office, 62 Charlotte Street. Navigators will be available to help people explore their options for health insurance and subsidies to cover the cost of insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Take advantage of this technical assistance. You must reserve an appointment in advance for the clinic by calling the statewide toll-free number: 1-855-733-3711.

Asheville Volunteerism Rates - Higher Than National Average

A new report by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) finds 1 in 4 Americans volunteer.  Asheville’s volunteer rate is higher than the national average at 30.4%  and ranks 34 among mid-sized cities.  

According to the report, 64.5 million Americans volunteered nearly 7.9 billion hours last year. The estimated value of this volunteer service is nearly $175 billion, based on the Independent Sector’s estimate of the average value of a volunteer hour.

Chicken or Egg? Education, Income or Health?

How do you decide which came first; the chicken or the egg? I’ve had multiple opportunities to debate with people in Buncombe County about which is more important to a successful life; one’s education, income or health. There are very impassioned and energetic views on all sides.

There are predictors that link these three areas: Likelihood of graduating from high school goes up with higher family income; Parents’ education level indicates children’s education level; Poor health or poor access to health care can lead to poor performance in school.


980 Pre-School Children Waiting in Line in Buncombe County

Imagine a very long line of infants and toddlers standing outside, waiting to get into a building. 980 children in fact. Imagine that adults in communities across the state looked at those lines every day and the only way they could get one child out of the line was if another child was removed from the service they were waiting for.