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A story from Homeward Bound's newsletter: Wesley’s mother Tammy got pregnant at 16 and was totally unprepared to be a parent. His father was an alcoholic and not present for most of Wesley’s life. Tammy loved her son and took on the role of both mom and dad as best she could, but it was really hard. Wesley went through tough times growing up and joined the military when he was 19 to try to find a better way of life and save some money for... Read More
Do you know how it is when you’ve got a REALLY complicated project? You know, the kind of project that has so many moving parts and so many people involved that it takes months of planning and a whole lot of concentration to pull it off?  For some of us, that might be every morning when we’re trying to get the kids out the door, but for our volunteer center staff it is our bi-annual event, Days of Impact (formerly Day of Caring), that fits the... Read More
Over the past 15 years or so I've been a sporadic, yet regular client of OnTrack Financial Education. I've taken advantage of their one on one financial counseling services when I was laid off and the debt got to be too much. I've participated in savings classes, got my taxes done by their great volunteers (shout out to Sherman and Charlotte), and four years ago we took the First Time Homebuyer Class and finally bought our own place! You can say... Read More
As one of the newest staff members here at United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County, I was told about Days of Impact when I first came on board and had been looking forward to the two-day volunteer event ever since. In the weeks proceeding, I was told that I would get a chance to see what this community was all about and I have to admit, I wasn’t disappointed.    My interest in Days of Impact stems from the fact that a large part of my career... Read More
Strong women making a difference — both in and out of the workplace — help to form the bedrock of our community. As such, we think it appropriate to highlight these women for the spectacular work they are doing. Dr. Kathy Volatile is one such person.   A member of United Way's Women United, Kathy Volatile has been a practicing Ophthalmologist since 1985 and 12 years ago, added a Medical Aesthetics to her Practice. She has enjoyed the new... Read More
Campaign season is upon us once again. And with it, a whirlwind of events, socials, and informational meetings. We wanted to take a few lines to talk about the important players and the moving parts that make it all possible.    As many of you know, this year’s kickoff was a huge success, tons of fun and built the momentum necessary to help us reach our goals. But as the name implies, this is just the beginning. All throughout Campaign,... Read More
  As part of Coordinators Appreciation Week (#CoordinatorsRock), we are highlighting our amazing Resource Coordinators who serve at four area middle schools: Asheville, Enka, Erwin and Owen. It is the job of each Resource Coordinator to foster and organize strong, impactful partnerships and ensure we are responding to the unique needs of their school and community. Check out our other blog posts throughout this week to learn more about all of... Read More
  As part of Coordinators Appreciation Week (#CoordinatorsRock), we are highlighting our amazing Resource Coordinators who serve at four area middle schools: Asheville, Enka, Erwin and Owen. It is the job of each Resource Coordinator to foster and organize strong, impactful partnerships and ensure we are responding to the unique needs of their school and community. Check out our other blog posts later this week to learn more about all of our... Read More
  As part of Coordinators Appreciation Week (#CoordinatorsRock), we are highlighting our amazing Resource Coordinators who serve at four area middle schools: Asheville, Enka, Erwin and Owen. It is the job of each Resource Coordinator to foster and organize strong, impactful partnerships and ensure we are responding to the unique needs of their school and community. Check out our other blog posts throughout this week to learn more about all of... Read More
If you have been on any of our social media pages lately you've seen a lot of buzz about our annual school supply drive. This event is a fun and rewarding project that aims to send 2,000 students back to school with full stocked backbacks this year alone. This event benefits students who will have the tools they need to succeed and provides financial respite to families and even their teachers. While this event is in its full frenzy, there are... Read More

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