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Tamaria Kelly is the new Middle School Success Project Coordinator. Tamaria served as an educator for a year at The NativityMiguel Middle School of Buffalo under the AmeriCorps Builds Lives through Education (ABLE) program. She also was an intern for United Way of Buffalo and Erie County’s Community Ambassador Program (CAP) and an active member of Citigroup’s United Way committee in Buffalo, NY. Tamaria is excited to bring her experiences to... Read More
Liz Britton is a Manager at Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP. She also serves on Highlands Circle's Executive Committee. Highlands Circle is a group of young professionals making an impact in Asheville and Buncombe County. We get to know her in this month's HC Spotlight. What is the last movie you watched? Friday the 13th…I love watching scary movies this time of year. What is the last song you listened to? "Taking Chances" by Sharon Van Etten. What is... Read More
by Neela McDade2-1-1 Referral Specialist 2015 is THE year. THIS year you are going to finish your novel. THIS year you are going to start eating healthier. THIS year you are going to lose weight and up your credit score and... Some advice from the NC 2-1-1 Asheville Center call room (who has seen many resolutions go down in flames in the last 15 days), take on those resolutions one at a time and get some support from the NC 2-1-1 database.... Read More
by Sam Fontaine and Alexandra WoodhouseEnka Middle Community School Staff As we head into the final half of the school year, we'd like to look at what's been accomplished by the students, families, faculty and partners at Enka Middle Community School. Thank You...It Takes All of Us From the faculty, students, families and staff of Enka Middle School: THANK YOU! The tremendous impact we’ve made at Enka Middle School, and in the larger Enka-... Read More
Are you looking to for a volunteer opportunity that will make a tremendous difference not only in 2015, but for years to come? Enka Middle Community School needs Student Success Mentors. At Enka Middle School, the Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) team identifies students with behavioral issues and provides them with additional means of support. The PBIS team at Enka is currently expanding the support they provide to students and... Read More
Samantha Little is a Personnel Technician at Buncombe County Health and Human Services. She also serves on the Chair of Highlands Circle's Executive Committee. Highlands Circle is a group of young professionals making an impact in Asheville and Buncombe County. We get to know her in this month's HC Spotlight. What is the last movie you watched? The Other Woman. What is the last song you listened to? "Whoomp! (There It Is)" by Tag Team. I was... Read More
Perhaps you think the over 6,000+ calls NC 2-1-1 received this year for housing expense assistance all received the same list of resources. Actually, every caller we speak to receives referrals customized to their needs and experiences. Housing, like most basic needs in WNC, can be complicated so NC 2-1-1 referral specialists are rigorously trained so we can simplify the process for accessing basic needs for our callers. Referrals specialists... Read More
< CONTINUED FROM PART 1 5. Lessons Learned by United Way Fathers There are studies about the importance of parents' impact on the well-being of their children. Cognitive ability, educational achievement, psychological well-being and social behavior are all affected during kids' formative years. But what impact do children have on their parents? On Father's Day, a few of the fathers at United Way reflected on what they've gotten out of... Read More
It's been quite a year! As the end of 2014 gets ever closer, we'd like to take a look at the blog posts you visited the most this year. From celebrating milestones to personal insights to issues that affect middle school students, the topics listed show there are many ways to go about making Asheville and Buncombe County an even greater community for everyone who lives here. You can even re-experience staff members dumping buckets of cold water... Read More
by David Presley Over the years, Hands On Asheville-Buncombe has seen some amazing volunteers come through our doors. Hands On is the volunteer center of United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County. Clare Cook and Samantha Little are just two volunteers who have given back to the community in extraordinary ways. Clare Cook Clare Cook found Hands On through a past employer when her office volunteered on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. She found the... Read More

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