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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
  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. so wisely said,“Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” This Monday, January 21, we’ll gather to honor the legacy of Dr. King and invite you to join us in celebrating his life and work in a day of service. We’ve partnered with UNC... Read More
As time passes, and staff members change, the origin stories of organizations can sometimes become more faint, even forgotten. This is not the case for the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. As active present day partners, our two organizations share a dedication to our community and a lasting and intertwined history.  Featured in their recent annual report is a celebration of their 40 years of impact on our region and, within that... Read More
Friends,   I hope you will indulge me the opportunity to share a more personal message as we close out this year and charge headlong into 2019.    Transitions A few months ago, I quietly announced that I will be retiring effective May 1, 2019. After a 33 year career with local United Ways, 22 of those years here in Asheville and Buncombe County, it’s a bittersweet moment. But, I’m ready to hang up my jacket and tie and replace them with a fly... Read More
Accessing Free Resources in Asheville & Buncombe County Through the Winter Using NC 2-1-1 As the winter season brings colder weather to the mountains of North Carolina, many of us are facing the often-difficult issues related to dropping temperatures. Thankfully, there are many local and regional nonprofits that work tirelessly to provide free assistance to residents facing financial hardship and in need of temporary support to: heat their... Read More
10 Questions with Asheville Middle Resource Coordinator Bruce Waller on Transforming Asheville Middle School into a Community School Not long ago I sat down with Bruce Waller, our Resource Coordinator at Asheville Middle School, to talk about the work being done there going into our third school year. Bruce joined our staff after working with local nonprofit Green Opportunities, which provides workforce training and development opportunities... Read More