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On Tuesday evening, October 4th, members of the Women United gathered together for an Evening in the Garden at the Bunn House, a boutique hotel in downtown Asheville. Surrounded by beautiful scenery, lovely flowers from Blue Ridge Blooms, and delicious hors d'oeuvre catered by HomeGrown, it was a spectacular evening.   To see pictures from the evening, click here.  Laura Elliot, Middle School Success Director, spoke to WLC members about the... Read More
Enka Intermediate School is starting a new program called In-School Clubs. Often, clubs are only available to students who have the money for club fees and the possibility of regular after-school transportation. Enka Intermediate wanted to make it possible for ALL students to participate in some sort of extracurricular activity. Clubs meet from 10:15 - 11:15 AM every early release day, which occur about once per month.  Clubs are lead by... Read More
We believe that the people in our community, the people who Give, Advocate and Volunteer, are pretty spectacular people and they deserve a bright light shone upon them. Taylor Gregg is one of those people. Taylor is a Premier Relationship Banker with First Citizens Bank. She has eight years experience as a banker, specifically assisting in financial planning as it relates to wealth, lending needs, and insurance for her clients and their families... Read More
First Place Winners!!! Oh, how we all love The AsheVillage People, also known as the VanWinkle Law Firm. Other than practicing law, they pride themselves on giving back to the community. Van Winkle has been an excellent partner with United Way for many years. In addition to running a highly successful workplace campaign, Heather Goldstein serves on our campaign cabinet. Heather and some of her fellow colleagues performed a classic song from the... Read More
One important way you can advocate is by voting for candidates and issues you support.  While United Way’s efforts are strictly nonpartisan (not supporting candidates or political parties), we can provide important information to help prepare you to make your decisions.  Here are some examples of what we provide: Access to your sample ballot.  Did you know there are 28 different ballots this year in Buncombe County?   Did you know you can get... Read More
Did you know that at Erwin Middle School alone we represent over 20 countries and more than 23 languages? The Erwin District has the highest rate of newcomer (young people coming to the U.S. for the first time) students in the county. On the first day of school alone we had two Ukrainian, three Marshallese, one Russian, and three Hispanic students come through our doors for their VERY FIRST day of school in the United States. While newcomer... Read More
We Care! Experience at Montreat College  On Saturday, Hands On Asheville Buncombe, the volunteer center of United Way hosted a We Care! Experience at Montreat College where 150 incoming freshman built over 800 snack bags for Buncombe County students. The bags were filled with cereal bars, fruit snacks, juice and other goodies. We Care! Experiences aim to connect the dots between volunteer activities and the community need behind each package... Read More
We believe that the people in our community, the people who Give, Advocate and Volunteer, are pretty spectacular people and they deserve a bright light shone upon them. Heather Nuckols is one of those people. She is a member of Highlands Circle, a network of passionate young professionals who are actively seeking ways to give, advocate and volunteer to make positive and long-lasting change in Asheville and Buncombe County. Through professional... Read More
United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County staff had the opportunity to visit the BRAND NEW Asheville Middle School this morning and it's beautiful! We are so excited to announce that we will be placing a resource coordinator, Shari Smith, at Asheville Middle at the start of the 2016-17 school year. Shari will work closely with school leadership and staff to ensure that resources are leveraged and volunteers are recruited to meet the unique... Read More