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Last fall, Amy Arias, a student at Erwin High School, and Josue Lomeli-Garcia, a student at Asheville High School, worked at Erwin Middle School through United Way of Buncombe County's Middle School Success Initiative, as part of their senior project.
United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County is dedicated to the financial stability, health and education of every person in our community. While there are many things that we can do locally to improve opportunities for our neighbors, others must happen on a statewide or national level. One of these important tools is the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
"When we asked Dr. Jill Hoggard-Green if she would be willing to make a contribution that would enable a two to one match on book donations to our annual Holiday Book Drive for middle school youth, she didn't hesitate to say yes. This kind and generous spirit is evident throughout the Mission Health system and I feel fortunate that I get to connect these amazing people to such rich opportunities." Elizabeth Allen, United Way
The Homework Diner at Enka-Candler last night was a huge success! We served over 180 students and family members from the Enka-Candler community.
Last night at Hi-Wire brewing, members of Women United wrapped more than 2,000 books for local middle school kids this holiday season!
"Looking around the room, I was grateful for your presence and humbled to witness a servant spirit in volunteering your evening to benefit students right here in Asheville and Buncombe County," said Leadership Giving Manager Elizabeth Allen. "You are sharing the gift of dreaming, imagination, and, of course reading."
Enka Middle School Resource Coordinator Kyle Garrett was featured in the Community Schools Coordinators Network Newsletter.
A network of the Coalition for Community Schools, this group is a forum for Community School Coordinators to share ideas and experiences, ask questions and get answers and have a centralized place to find resources and tools.
Check out the newsletter below.
A few weeks ago I was asked if I would join other nonprofit organizations and sign the following letter on behalf of United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County. The letter, crafted by Lael Gray of the Asheville Jewish Community Center, spoke beautifully to our collective resolve against divisiveness and offered a message of light and love in troubling times.
A new inspirational docu-series, The Hero Effect, is airing on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) with an episode highlighting a United Way-supported restaurant and culinary training facility that provides a positive environment for teens recently released from juvenile detention.