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Final Notes from David: The Evolution of Community Schools This is the second blog in a three-part series, crafted from interviews with United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County CEO David Bailey in his final weeks with the organization. These are meant to share memories of his time serving the community while highlighting milestones of the organization through the years. The first interview and blog highlighted the history of our nationally... Read More
Volunteer. It’s Good for Your Health. We’ve long heard the health benefits that naturally flow out of sharing our time to help one another. Whether it’s helping a neighbor move that oddly shaped dresser, driving a friend to the airport, sharing an afternoon each week at the community center, serving meals to those in need, or lending your expertise to assist with GED classes at a local nonprofit. We can go on listing the countless ways you can... Read More
This is the first in a series of blogs, crafted from interviews with David in his final days as president and CEO of United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County.   Reconfiguring Day of Caring during Hurricanes Francis and Ivan-- ‘The Arby’s Effect’     Recently NC 2-1-1 was recognized for our overwhelming response to our fellow citizens in the eastern part of the state during Hurricane Florence. We’ve had some practice. I remember one of the... Read More
The news isn’t good. Only 12 percent of the city’s African-American students in grades three to eight score as “proficient” or higher on end-of-grade exams, compared with 73 percent of white students. Asheville City Schools has the fifth largest racial achievement gap in the nation. A few recent articles in the Asheville Citizen-Times, Carolina Public Press and Mountain Xpress tell the details of this issue. But it is important to acknowledge,... Read More
It is no small thing to do a kindness for another. Each of you in this room has done this time and time again. You’ve made your own gifts of time and treasure and you’ve invited others to join you.    Today we have the privilege of sharing our thanks to a few of the many amazing people and companies we get to spend time with during the year.(To fast forward to any awardees click on a link below) Community School Partnership of the Year - Brumit... Read More
The following was a speech made by our NC 2-1-1 Call Center Director, Marla Browne, at our annual Live United Celebration.     (click image for video)     Take a moment, click on the image above and listen to this caller's message. I don’t know the circumstances around this woman’s situation. I don’t know what was said or done for this woman to feel that her burden, from whatever crisis she was going through, was made to feel lighter.     I do... Read More
Celebrating Women’s History Month + the work of Women United in Asheville and Buncombe County What began as a national celebration in 1981, has slowly become a month-long designation to honor the stories of women throughout history. Hopefully this March, you’ve already learned about female scientists, historians, athletes, journalists, physicians, soldiers and more who have paved the way for women today. There are a wealth of photos, video and... Read More
It’s Publix Appreciation Day! As Western North Carolina welcomes its third Publix location this month, we’re excited to share gratitude for their presence and dedication to our community as well as communities across the U.S. Last year, our local Publix employees collectively donated over $100,000 to our organization and therefore all of our funded partners and Hubs of Service.    As a company, they carry a strong philanthropy focus, supporting... Read More
Community Resources to Support your Health + Financial Well-being Perhaps you started a new year like so many others, wanting to take control of your finances and health, hoping to take the forward momentum of a new year and make necessary changes to shift your personal life. As a nonprofit organization with a mission of identifying and alleviating the root causes of poverty and the underlying issues that create it, we’ve compiled a list of just... Read More
Local Business, Nonprofit and School System Collaborate to Create STEM Kit for Local Students and Families When Sarah Congleton, Lead Production Quality Specialist at GE Aviation in Asheville, learned that students begin thinking about whether they want to go to college in middle school, she naturally thought about how to more positively reinforce that decision for Asheville and Buncombe County students using science, technology, engineering... Read More