Bank of America Awards United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County $20,000 to Support Community Response during COVID-19
Recognizing the importance of helping to support communities' needs during this challenging time, Bank of America has made a commitment to invest $100 million in philanthropic grants to address the impacts of coronavirus. Locally, they’ve chosen to support our work at United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County in responding to the community’s needs with a generous grant of $20,000.
Community Partners for 25 Years...
“Here in Asheville, there are efforts to assist our most vulnerable populations by increasing medical response capacity, addressing food insecurity and increasing access to learning as a result of school closures,” shares Bank of America Asheville Market Manager David Dowd. United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County is the perfect partner for these efforts because of their work to provide relief through 211 and volunteerism and creating educational support systems through Community Schools.”
Volunteerism in Action
United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County and Bank of America have partnered together for 25 years, uniting our community around volunteer events, community sponsorships and supporting fellow nonprofits working to meet community needs. In addition to their generous financial support, Bank of America consistently shows up to lend a helping hand at volunteer events throughout the year.
“Some of my favorite experiences are the Homework Diners and the School Supply Drive, which really give you a glimpse of what it feels like to be a student again,” shares Dowd. “My Bank of America Community Volunteer teammates agree that feeding students and their families, and providing our expertise to assist with homework is an amazing feeling that is truly rewarding.”
Supporting Nonprofits Throughout Western North Carolina
Bank of America supports nonprofits throughout Western North Carolina, meeting community leaders, businesses, and nonprofit executives to discuss the needs in the area and determine how best to partner and help meet them. Their support has extended to include the Boys & Girls Club of Henderson County, Buncombe County Service Foundation (One Buncombe) HELPMATE Inc, Homeward Bound, MANNA FoodBank, Serve to LEAD, & YMCA of Western North Carolina.
“I have hope,” says Dowd. “Without a doubt I have hope. And our partners agree, we can only get through this with support from each other. It is going to take everyone in the community working together. United Way has the right idea of staying UNITED as the answer. Through hope and togetherness, we will continue to help each other and make progress.”