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While volunteer work in itself provides the reward to those willing and able to offer their time and expertise to their community, it’s always heartwarming to take a moment and talk to those people about why they give back. From retired teachers to working parents, business leaders and young, big-hearted community members, we are thankful to know so many who share their time here in Asheville and Buncombe County. With National Volunteer Week... Read More
COMING SOON A NEW TEAM MEMBER We are pleased to announce that Beth Benzing will be joining our team as the new Leadership Giving Manager. In her new role, Beth will serve as the primary staff contact for both Women United and Peaks Society. Her start date is May 7th. A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Beth received her B.A. in English and Graduate Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies from the University of South Carolina. She is... Read More
  As we reach our 100th Homework Diner, here in March of 2018,  just two years since we first put feet on the ground in local middle schools in this capacity, one reaction we continue to get is, “I didn’t know these were open to all families living in each school district. I thought they were only for the students and families in the schools they're held in.” In fact, during the past year, students from more than 40 schools in Buncombe County... Read More
UNC Asheville Alumni, Math Teacher, Homework Diner Mentor... When we first began the Homework Diner program just a year and a half ago in Erwin, Enka and Asheville Middle Schools, we knew that it would uplift students and families by providing a safe space to gather, learn and connect. We couldn’t have imagined just how many amazing community members we would meet along the way--entrepreneurs able to take an hour from their morning to visit a... Read More
“If you just place the shirt upside down on the smart folder and fold both the sleeve sides, then up the middle, you’ll have a perfect fold. We need a small loan of $12 for the duct tape and we’re going to sell these for about $6-$7. We thank you for your time and look forward to hearing from you,” a seventh grade student at Asheville Middle School shared, dressed sharply in a blue button down and tie alongside his classmate/business partner... Read More
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