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Who wants to work just to pay a bill?

Earlier this year we hosted a half dozen community conversations that focused on disadvantaged youth and what gets in their way of having a chance at a good life.  We defined disadvantaged youth as teens who had dropped out of high school and were unemployed.  Many of those who joined the conversations were in their teens or twenties. 


United Way announces Request for Proposals for 2013-2014

United Way of Asheville and Buncombe announces today the beginning of its 2013-2014 community investment process, which will advance the work of United Way’s Education, Income and Health focus areas.

The competitive grant process is open to programs with results clearly aligned with the community-level results United Way seeks in Education, Income and Health. Other requirements include:

How This Community Talks about Public Education

This Community Wants Good Public Education

Recently I wrote about 4 ways to keep public education alive. Here is a slightly different slant on the public interest in public education.  Education has been one of the most significant messages from the Community Conversations we have been hosting.


Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

If you’re looking for a way to help victims of Hurricane Sandy, please think about giving to United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund.  With leadership from United Way of New York City, United Ways along the Eastern Seaboard have established the fund to address near-term and long-term recovery needs of communities most affected by the hurricane.

College or Not? Who gets to decide? Who pays? What difference does it make?

If this is still the land of opportunity (and I surely hope it is), shouldn’t every young person have a chance to go to college?  Even if we accept that not everyone is suited for a college education, how do we know when to make that determination?  When they are in middle school? In 3rd grade? And who gets to decide? Teachers, parents, youth?

I imagine most of us know people who:


2011-2012 Community Investment Results Announced

The data is in: our 2011-2012 investments in Education, Income and Health yielded a return on investment of 120%! We measure a return on investment not in dollars, but in lives changed for the better. From our investment of $2.7 million, we had expected to see 59,000 people improve their lives in measurable ways in the areas of Education, Income and Health. When the results came in, more than 71,000 people had improved their lives.