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Update: Mr. Ken was featured as "Person of the Week" by WLOS   United Way Staff Blog About Mr. Ken   One of the greatest things about working for and with United Way is the amazing individuals you meet along the way. As we’ve said before, United Way is first and foremost a people-powered organization. The drive, passion, perseverance and dedication to creating real change in our communities finds its initial source in individual people. It’s... Read More
At this time of year, resolutions are everywhere. Setting goals is important, but the true key to success is to also create a plan. Just like you, United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County is committed to success. We are just a few days away from January 1. Which means our organization is wrapping up a 3-year strategic plan and will begin implementing our 2018-2020 plan next week. As we move into the new year, we thought we should share a few... Read More
This time of year we humans are compelled to look back and assess what was important and determine how we want to move forward. Looking at our top 3 News stories here are the ones that rose to the top, and some updates since we first published:   3. Breaking News: Early Warning and Response System March 2017 - Announcement regarding the official launch of our new Early Warning and Response System. Included in this news item is a short video... Read More
It's the end of the year so obviously we are required by law to conduct SOME kind of "Best of 2017" list. So we thought we'd share the most popular blogs from the past year, just in case you missed them. And if you'd like to help ensure that work like this continues, you can do so right now by making a one time gift or setting up a recurring donation right here.   Number 5: Early Warning and Response System April, 2017 - This blog is a good one... Read More
  As we enter this holiday season, and the final days of 2017, we hope you are well.       Lately, we’ve been thinking about the fact that we all have just this one life. Whether we burst into it full of advantages, or must navigate obstacles that just won’t stop coming, we all have at least one thing in common – we have the power to choose how we treat each other.     Because of your support, our staff members are able to work every day with... Read More
A few months ago I was talking with someone about Highlands Circle and she asked me, “So what is Highlands Circle? What’s in it for someone to join?”  I’ll be honest: I didn’t have an answer.  Which is interesting, because I usually don’t find myself at a loss for words. As the Chair of the Highlands Circle Steering Committee I resolved to answer that question, not just because I didn’t want to find myself in the same position again in the... Read More
You read that blog title right. Since January of 2014, Monika, our team mate and friend, handled more than 20,000 INCOMING phone calls in her role as an information and referral specialist for NC 2-1-1. When we specify "incoming" that means that these are just the calls that came into our call center, what it doesn't include are the thousands and thousands of calls that she made on behalf of those people in our community. Monika is leaving us... Read More
Jayme Davis of Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC is a bit of a rockstar for a lot of reasons, but today it's because of a project she's doing out at Erwin Middle school with a group of 7th grade girls who have joined a Mentoring Group there. This is a fairly new idea - developing a group mentoring experience. It helps some new volunteers feel less intimidated by a one on one mentorship experience and adds the dynamic excitement that comes from... Read More
Our partners at Owen Middle School  are holding their annual Holiday Craft Fair which features local artists and supports the middle school itself. It's a win/win for you, local artists and local kids. Check it out!   Event Date: December 9th, 2017 Event Time: 10am - 4pm Event Location: 730 Old Us 70, Swannanoa, NC 28778 Web: Contact: Bill Feste,, (828) 551-5099 Description: The Owen... Read More
  Happy Thanksgiving During this season of Thanksgiving, we would like to thank our donors, volunteers and partners for all they do to improve the lives of individuals living in our communities. It has been our good fortune and pleasure to work with you all over the past year and we look forward to partnering with each of you in the future. We wish you a happy Thanksgiving and a joyous holiday season.    Read More