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by Emily Bradley, guest writer United Way believes that great things happen when we LIVE UNITED. We know we can accomplish more together, as a community, than we can alone. This past Friday we celebrated another year of hard work, and accomplishments, by hosting a luncheon for the partners that are leading the way through our Middle School Success Initiative. Those in attendance included representatives from current partners like Asheville City... Read More
"A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will never sit." This quote embodies the kind of life Barbra and Keith Love choose to live and we are proud to announce them as the 2015 Alexis de Tocqueville Community Service Award recipients.   Barbra and Keith have been United Way donors for more than 32 years and have served as co-chairs of the Tocqueville... Read More
While initially a bit intimidated to greet a table full of middle schoolers, I was less than 3 minutes in to ”Hey,…how’s it going…I work for United Way and we…" when I found myself singing the praises of our 2-1-1 Asheville Call Center and asking the students if they had heard of this incredible, free information and referral service. To my surprise, only one student was familiar with 2-1-1. Which, if you know anything at all about 2-1-1, is not... Read More
We'll admit it, we were officially BLOWN AWAY by the numbers of people who came to our annual end of year celebration. Typically we've served upwards of 150 - 200 people at this event. Not this year. Our best estimates - more than 400 people joined in the fun!  Check out the photo gallery. What Was The Enka Block Party All About? The work of our Middle School Success initiative is all about building community and creating hubs of community... Read More
Highlands Circle member Cortney Mospan was recently featured in a in an article “Giving back to enrich my community and live my why.”  "Throughout my life, I have been very blessed to have family, friends, and community members who have invested in my personal and professional development to help me become the person I am today. For me, there are a few moments that are snapshots of times when others bestowed immense generosity... Read More
When you sit down and listen to people tell their story, you find out all kinds of amazing things. That’s what happened when our team of AmeriCorps VISTA members at Erwin Middle School began interviewing key members of the Erwin school community. Every few days, they sit down with faculty and staff to ask them what encouraged them to become teachers and what motivates them each and every day. The first three staff that they interviewed are... Read More
This annual Golf Tournament is hosted by Eaton, with sponsorship from The Cliffs at Walnut Cove and Golf Pride. Tournament will be held at The Cliffs at Walnut Cove.  The one-day, 18-hole tournament begins with a Captain's Choice shotgun start and features games, prizes, silent auction, and raffles. Breakfast and lunch will be provided along with drinks and snacks throughout the course. Don't worry if you're not a "scratch golfer." We focus on... Read More
America’s Promise Alliance, who lead an alliance of organizations, communities and individuals dedicated to making the promise of America real for every child, recently higlighted UWABC's Laura Elliot for their community leader spotlight.  To read the full article, click here.   To read the full article, click here. Read More
“One street from where you woke up this morning, someone is calling 2-1-1.” That’s how this year’s LIVE UNITED Celebration opened, with a powerful message of how United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County is working towards our mission each and every day. In the hour that we were together, we celebrated the financial gifts and the hours of volunteer work that our partners and volunteers have contributed, and honored the partnerships that have... Read More
Last week, Highland's Circle held a fantastic event, Social on the Stage, at Diana Wortham Theatre. With a networking icebreaker from Chad Littlefield, the co-founder of We!™, and food and drinks provided by Diamond Brand, attendees had a great time! Thank you to everyone who brought food to donate to our food drive. To see images from the evening, click here. Read More