The annual Women United Spring Social has come and gone. We hope everyone had as good a time as we did. It was fantastic to see so many strong women gathered in fellowship for such a good cause.
The event had its share of great moments. Congratulations go out to Ann Ray who received the Taylor Foss Women United Award (formerly known as the Women United Award). Ann's tenure leading Women United has been extremely fruitful and we are most appreciative of her and her hard work and dedication. We also officially introduced three new Women United players: Ashely Smith and Jenny Boyer, Women United's new Co-Chairs, and Beth Benzing, United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County's new Leadership Giving Manager. We're looking forward to the great things these women will accomplish in the future.
Why Women United?
The importance of Women United and the impact the group is having in our communities cannot be overstated. This was brought to light at the annual gathering by Enka Middle School Resource Coordinator, Ginny Spencer Eudy. Ginny shared a few stories that highlighted the amazing work being done:
In Enka, we found a serious need for increased mental health supports. We put a significant investment into building mental health services for our students to ensure that NO student has to go without that necessary resource because of lack of financial resources. Between our Intermediate and Middle schools, over 80 students participated in support groups ranging from friendship skills to anxiety, support for students dealing with family substance use or incarceration or divorce.