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.
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"Ann Young, general counsel for Mission Health System, won the chamber's Athena Award, given to a woman who personifies professional excellence. Young, who has worked for Mission since 1981, helped implement a program that gives patients with pressing legal needs access to the local nonprofit Pisgah Legal Services.
The Back To School Supply Drive is underway Hands On Asheville-Buncombe, the volunteer program of United Way, will coordinate with sites throughout our area to collect brand new backpacks and school supplies. Get a complete list of supplies needed, where to drop them off, and for those interested in making a bigger impact: instructions on how to organize a drive through your workplace or faith community.
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:
June 1-3 United Way representatives from all over the southeast and beyond will join together in Asheville to share best practices and learn from the best thinkers out there. We are very excited that folks from all over will experience our wonderful community so if you see them out and about give them a big hello!
We are also proud because three of our staff members will be presenting at the conference:
Over the course of the last three months, 75 volunteer experts in their fields came together to review, rate and propose funding for programs whose outcomes best align with the needed improvements we want to see in the areas of Education, Income and Health.
United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County
50 South French Broad Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
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United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County recently started sending out a monthly e-newsletter. Now that might not seem very cutting edge, but we are trying something new and we think your business might want to be a part of it.
In April and May, volunteers from the United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County Board of Directors, Campaign Cabinet, Focus Areas, 2-1-1 of WNC, Hands On Asheville-Buncombe and staff participated in the video shoots for the 2011 campaign video. Thank you to everyone who came out and lent your star-quality to our video - we can't wait to show it in the workplace this fall!