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School Supply Drive Still Underway

Big thanks go out to Dr. Hoskins who gave us a supply of toothbrushes and toothpaste today.  We'll be including them in every fully-stocked backpack that we put together for students this fall.

Donations will be accepted until July 22.  If you'd like to be a part of this effort, be sure to visit Hands On Asheville-Buncombe where you can get a list of the school supplies needed as well as information about the different drop-off sites.

Agonizing Decisions

A few days ago I stood in line behind a woman attempting to get her medications.  There were a lot. I couldn't help overhear her conversation with the pharmacist - a difficult one where he attempted to help her decide which ones were the true priority for her immediate life safety and which she could hold off on for a few weeks until she could find the money.  It was excruciating to watch as she told her young daughter to sit to the side while she conferred with the pharmacist.  

Middle School Success

How did we land on Middle School Success as our focused initiative? Starting in February of 2010, a task force of community leaders met to review issues facing our community in the areas of Education, Income and Health. 

Because successful completion of high school is a determinant of well-being in all three areas of Education, Income and Health, and because Middle School years are pivotal to high school graduation, the task force recommended that the work of the United Way Focused Initiative:
 

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