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UWABC Hosts Special Gathering of the Asheville Buncombe Middle Grades Network

The Asheville Buncombe Middle Grades Network brings together Asheville City Schools, Buncombe County Schools and community partners around a shared vision of creating success ready 9th graders and improving graduation rates, using a collective impact approach.

This week, United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County’s Middle School Success Initiative hosted a two day conference with members of the Middle Grades Network.

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Volunteer Opportunity: We need your help with Homework Diners

Homework Diners will be up and running at Enka Middle beginning November 15th.

These weekly family engagement events allow students and families to receive homework support and a healthy meal (for free).

We plan to be serving 75 people each time and hope that it catches on quick and grows! In order to do this, we'll need the help of great volunteers like you. There are a couple of different volunteer positions available:

WIN a car from Paramount Kia of Asheville!

For the fourth year in a row, we had a pretty big incentive for donors. Paramount Kia of Asheville donated a new Kia Soul and someone is going to WIN it! Anyone who makes a contribution of $250 or more by January 30 is eligible to become a finalist. 10 semi-finalists will be randomly selected and the winner will be choosen in late February/early March in an event at Paramount Kia of Ashevillle. 

Thank you to Paramount Kia of Ashevillle for providing this incredible incentive. Please keep them in mind when you get the urge to update your ride.

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Spotlight: Dr. Amy Rottmann

We believe that the people in our community, the people who Give, Advocate and Volunteer, are pretty spectacular people and they deserve a bright light shone upon them.

Dr. Amy Rottmann is one of those people. Rottmannis a Asst. Professor of Education (MAT) Lenoir-Rhyne University Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville. 

Read more about Dr. Rottmann here. 

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Erwin Middle Multi Cultural Family Night & Open House Draws 500 Attendees

Last night at Erwin Middle School, United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County (UWABC) Middle School Success Team hosted a Multi-Cultural Family night and Open House that drew hundreds of attendees.

Families in the Erwin Community had tables with information, food and souvenirs from Jamaica, Moldova, Mexico (states of Guerrero, Michoacan, Hidalgo), Ukraine, El Salvador, Pohnpei, and the Marshall Islands.

Story collection tool

Stories matter. They help make our mission more memorable. But we’re all so busy, we rarely have time to go get them. But when we’re out and about in Asheville and Buncombe County and mention where we work, people often tell us a story about how the UWABC helped them or someone they know. Every time this happens, please hand the person your business card and say, “That’s a great story. Would you mind emailing me that story?” If everyone does this, then the stories will start coming to us. Please fill out this webform with those stories. 

Story collection tool

Stories matter. They help make our mission more memorable and show our supporters how their donors help real people. But we’re all so busy, we rarely have time to go get them. But when we’re out in the world and mention where we work, people often tell us a story about how the organization helped them or someone they know. EVERY TIME this happens, please hand the person your business card and say, “That’s a great story. Would you mind emailing me that story?” If everyone does this, then the stories will start coming to us.

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