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Community School Coordinators Appreciation Week We’re always looking for ways to celebrate the wonderful work of our four Community School Coordinators, serving as United Way employees within four Asheville City and Buncombe County Schools. The Institute for Educational Leadership’s Coalition for Community Schools provides an easy way to do just that each year with Coordinator Appreciation Week. We’re excited to learn and share, alongside fellow... Read More
Motown Lip Sync Battle for a Cause... We’ve been busy bees this summer listening to all the Motown classics while creating the coveted Golden Hairbrush trophy in anticipation of our annual fall fundraising season and Campaign Kickoff Friday, September 20 at Highland Brewing Company.    If you were in attendance last year, we threw down some serious 80’s vibes and the community showed up hard-- donning neon wind pants, thick gold chains, and... Read More
Backpacking to the Future 2,800 students started their first day of school with the supplies needed to #BackpackToTheFuture thanks to the contributions from our community during the 2019 School Supply Drive. Through your online donations, willingness to “Fill the Bus” at WalMart, host drives at your businesses and with neighbors, and drop off donated supplies at our office in downtown Asheville, we collectively contributed $75,000 worth of... Read More
Leadership in Action Meet JoAnn Yoder, a native of the Republic of Panama who worked her way up to President of Brumit Restaurant Group over the course of 30 years with the company. She's also an active donor and volunteer here at United Way. A few years ago, Yoder had the opportunity to participate in one of the weekly Homework Diners held at four local middle schools to learn more about the community school strategy. She said it really... Read More
Summer Volunteer Opportunities in Asheville With summer in full swing, there are endless opportunities to enjoy the outdoors while getting involved in community service projects that allow you to experience new parts of our city and county while meeting new people. Our volunteer center, Hands On Asheville-Buncombe, makes it easy to get involved with local nonprofit organizations.    With hundreds of opportunities available each month, it's easy... Read More
Meet Jocelin Rosas New United Way Community School Coordinator for Erwin Middle School   Jocelin (pronounced Jo and Celine as in Celine Dionne, she says) or JoRo for short, as her teacher’s at UNC Asheville called her...    Born in Venezuela, Jocelin spent her youth in Miami and Jacksonville, Florida before taking off to travel around the U.S. on a Greyhound bus. “I knew the world was big and I wanted to see more of it. Traveling really helped... Read More
United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County School Supply Drive 2019 608 students were identified as homeless in Buncombe County Public Schools during the 2018 school year. More than 14,500 students qualified for free and reduced lunch, totaling more than half of our students. Of low wealth students, 17% don’t graduate from high school. The racial, academic, and opportunity gap in our community is at an unprecedented level.  It’s facts and... Read More
Volunteer Spotlight: Girls on the Run Coach + Mentor Sonia Rodriguez Ibarra Meet Sonia Rodriguez Ibarra, 21 years old and a recent graduate from UNC Greensboro with a degree in Public Health. While finishing up school, Sonia managed to volunteer time as a girl’s mentor and coach with Girls on the Run, at not just one, but at three different schools in Buncombe County. Having recently relocated to Hendersonville, North Carolina, she credits her... Read More
                                            Parent Leadership Shines at Erwin Middle Parent involvement alongside school staff, community partners, and students is one of many crucial components in the Community School Strategy. It’s a necessary element in creating community-level change, with the school serving as a resource center and gathering space.    Last year at Erwin Middle School, we witnessed parent leadership grow stronger as... Read More
Owen Middle Students Learn Entrepreneurship in Spark Tank Project   On May 16th, Owen Middle School students excitedly filled the school cafeteria, holding boxes filled with baked goods, Tupperwares of homemade slime, and circular tubes adorned with bunched hair ties and eyeglass holders with 3D printed beads on the strings. Yes, these were the creative wares made for a class assignment, yet it wasn’t just any regular class assignment. The... Read More

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