2020 Year in Review: United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County


What a year of enormous challenges we never would have dreamed of as we faced a global pandemic together as a community. While there is a long road ahead in carrying the hardship and suffering incurred, we also want to reflect on what we were able to accomplish together.

1. NC211 was named the official COVID response line by Gov. Roy Cooper for North Carolinians in need of resources and support. In the seven months following,156,000 calls came in from residents. Our Asheville-based call center grew, training eight City of Asheville staff to meet the call volume. Hear the experience of Asheville City staff who joined our 211 team.

2. We distributed over 100,000 face masks with the support of community partners ensuring masks were distributed equitably to high-risk communities throughout the region in facing COVID-19. Take a look at the community partnerships helping make this happen in our community.

3. We gathered requests for needs from nonprofits serving the community and connected them with in-kind donations from businesses and donors. Thanks to National Wiper Alliance, Mr. Rooter, Vans and so many more for their generous donations. Learn more in a Vlog from our CEO earlier this summer.

4. We rallied volunteers to meet increased needs for support in our community. Check out Allen Foiles story in how we was able to step up and plug in through our volunteer center to help meet that need.

5. We announced our partnership with A.C. Reynolds as a Community School to help identify and create the resources and support systems needed for students and families. If you haven't yet, meet Corry Hyde, United Way Community School Coordinator and the experience he's bringing to The Rockets family.