Oh, the power of a new year. It is that natural point in time where we look back, take stock, look ahead and dream.
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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.
Our neighbors at the YWCA are holding an event on Jan. 6 and we want you to know about it. Be among the first to explore the new voting law taking effect in 2014. Here is a link the YWCA's facebook event.
Do yourself a favor. Take a minute and read this article by Will Harlan, editor of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine. Thank you Will, for such a thoughtful piece of writing but more importantly for your willingness to step outside your own circle of comfort to experience a new reality. Not many of us are able or willing to take that risk.
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.
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.
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.
On December 3, 2013, more than 160 people representing nonprofit organizations, government, business, and other sectors from throughout WNC attended the 2013 Legislative Briefing at the AB Tech Enka campus. Allan Morse, United Way Advocacy Committee chair, moderated the program.
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.