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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. Michelle LaRocque is one of those people. Michelle has been a dedicated Hands On Volunteer Leader since 2013.  She has led both of our Flex projects at MANNA Food Bank over the years- our general Pack & Sort at MANNA Flex project and, more recently, MANNA Packs for Kids.... 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. Hands On Volunteer Leader Sarah Giavedoni is one of these awesome people. She's been an active volunteer with The POP Project since the organization began in 2009. The POP Project is an Asheville-based nonprofit working to spread the power and possibilities of literacy with a... Read More
John Kelly says that he ran out of excuses this past year when United Way offered a volunteer opportunity that fit in his work schedule: “I value education and I believe in volunteerism but with the way my work schedule is, I couldn’t attend after-school tutoring programs. With Breakfast Buddies, I’m able to come to Enka Middle School before I head to work and I know it matters.” Listen to John in his own words Why Breakfast Buddies? In the... Read More
Over the last few weeks, and years, we’ve watched over and over again, footage of people running in fear, writhing in pain, and dying at the hands of another. The locations and details change, but the agony is the same for all involved and those that love them. We pause for lives lost when we have a point of connection; family, friends, pop culture icons, victims of natural disasters and tragic accidents. All too frequently now we pause for... Read More
Loaned Executives serve as United Way ambassadors, helping to convey and achieve vital goals in education, income, and health that benefit the entire community. Each year, an incredible group of people fill some very important roles in the community. We call them Loaned Executives and they are professional-level, temporary fundraisers. They are often the first faces many think of when they think of United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County. In... Read More
Every year our School Supply Drive gets bigger and bigger. Last year, as a result of this drive, 1,350 elementary and middle school aged children received a fully stocked backpack and extra materials were sent to local teachers. This year we reached a record setting 1,754! This is important for each child's experience on the first day of school but also for their families who are often struggling to keep food on the table or a roof over their... Read More
Michelle was ready to go back to school and finish her bachelor’s degree. Like so many others, Michelle had started college but her plans were sidelined by family health emergencies, financial setbacks and the birth of her beautiful daughter. Seven years passed, and Michelle knows she will have more opportunities for advancement with her employer - if she finishes her degree. Michelle is the sole caretaker for her daughter and grandmother and... Read More
Ed’s son, John, lost his only child, his marriage and his job. John’s been drinking regularly and started saying things that made Ed believe he would take his own life. Our 2-1-1 referral specialist was able to connect John to a mobile crisis team that could get him that help, right away. When our referral specialist followed up a few weeks later to see how everything was going, he told her: “I’ve lost so much; it’s been hard to see anything... Read More
In the fall, we placed our first full-time Resource Coordinator at Enka Middle School. This coordinator soon found an opportunity to serve kids who weren’t able to attend after school programming because of a lack of transportation. Many of these students arrive, by bus, 45 minutes before school starts and for the most part, wait in the cafeteria until classes begin. Working with school and community partners we recruited volunteers to serve as... Read More
Hands On coordinates “We Care!” Experience for employee teams to participate in impactful service experiences that reduce the impact of poverty on people’s lives. Last week, a dozen Highlands Circle members participated in a We Care! Experience here at United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County, creating 96 snack packs for Middle School students. We Care! Experiences aim to connect the dots between volunteer activities and the community need... Read More