We Are One

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We can’t thrive until we all belong, until we as a community recognize that we all belong to each other.


As an ever-evolving organization, and as we turn 100, we renew our commitment to putting equity and community wisdom at the center of our work - We Are 100!


A Renewed Purpose




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.

The Next 100



Therefore, 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”.

So….where do we start?



A Bold Goal

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.




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.

Not for, Not to... WITH




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.

Community Schools: A Day In The Life


Join Us!




Keep coming back to this site - we'll have more events and opportunities to engage listed over the course of the year!




  • Join Us for 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. 



  • Join our mailing list Keep up with the latest news and alerts from our team. Job opportunities, community events, volunteer opportunities, and more!


  • Join the thousands of individuals, businesses, and organizations giving back to create a united and resilient community.


Thank you to our Centennial Sponsors for their generous support of our work.