We can’t thrive until we all belong, until we as a community recognize that we all belong to each other.
As United Way Asheville Buncombe County turns 100, we are renewing our commitment to putting equity at the center of our work.
We invite you to learn about our vision for the present and for the next 100 years and to get involved in helping us create a united and resilient community where everyone belongs and everyone thrives!
We Are 100!
Together, our community is issuing a challenge to achieve a bold goal of ALL Asheville City and Buncombe County students graduating from high school ready and fully prepared to pursue their goals and dreams by 2035.
For 100 years, we have worked side by side with the people of Asheville and Buncombe County and our strategic partners as a convener to bring together people and resources needed to tackle crucial community issues and connect people to the support they need.
But we have even more work to do.
We are now focused on how we need to show up, in new ways, for our community in the Next 100.
A key focus of United Way of Asheville Buncombe County has always been meeting the moment. This means listening and then doing.
We have sat down with members of our community, our local leadership, and our schools. Over and over, we have heard a united message: You want to live in a community where everyone has the opportunity to succeed.
We believe this equal opportunity to succeed is critical to the future of our community.
Getting to ALL, Getting to 100%
For our next 100 years of service, we are committed to co-creating opportunities for every person in our community to live free from poverty and injustice. In short, to actively do work with equity at the center.
We are inviting you to join us and our valued partners in co-creating this “United Community”.
Where does a UNITED community begin?
Education is a great equalizer. And graduating from high school is a powerful predictor of the future health and economic stability of an individual, and their community. However, academic success is often derailed by issues such as hunger, homelessness, violence, inequity, and other social problems.
This means that the “opportunity gap”— the gap that exists between white students and students of color and between students who are not economically disadvantaged and those who are — isn't just a school-based problem, it is a community responsibility.
No single person or organization can solve an issue this big alone, it will take all of us working together in new ways to effect change that matters to our children and our community.
This is where United Way, along with our partners and supporters like you, comes in.
By using the skills and strategies we've assembled over the past 100 years, and serving as a backbone of support for the United for Youth Network, we are building and supporting a network of partners who each bring a unique contribution to this work. We are rallying the people and the resources needed to support seven Community Schools so that students and families have things like homework help, leadership opportunities, and eventually, even onsite health care.
And, we are reaching out and asking you to give, advocate, volunteer, partner, and engage to make this bold goal a reality for our community.
We each have our reason for wanting to live in a strong community. A reason for why we step up and say "yes!" Here are a few stories from people in our community -- volunteers, donors, advocates, and some current and former staff.
I have to show up because it’s important, it’s important to the parents, it’s important to the children, it’s important to the community - for us, you and me and everyone to show up. It’s a community thing. We work together and it works for us.
I think one of the reasons that we continue to support United way is that it is such a community-wide effort both in terms of who the organization supports but also how many individuals and organizations support United Way.
My why? I've been working at United Way for 20 years. I think it's just a matter of just remembering where I came from and asking how can we as every human being help each other out to make sure that we all can make it? I feel like if I can help then that’s what I’m going to do.
I always go back to the mantra ‘all of our kids are all of our kids’. We [United for Youth Network ] claimed this phrase as a way to rally the cause, rally one another, and hold each other accountable to reach our goal that all of our kids will graduate ready and fully prepared to pursue their goals and dreams.
(Keep coming back. We'll keep adding opportunities as the year goes on.)
100 Acts of Service A series of opportunities for you to work alongside your community as we deepen and strengthen our relationship with one another and build a UNITED and resilient community.
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