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People who give of their personal time to care for others are among some of the best people in the world. Here at United Way, we get to meet a lot of those folks and we try to shine a spotlight on them - in thanks for what they do but also to inspire others. Our volunteer spotlight this month is on Mike O'Byrne! Mike volunteers at Homework Diners and he and his wife, Cindy, have been continuous United Way donors since 1989. Mike and his wife... Read More
Did you know that across our nation, 7,000 students drop out every school day, but new evidence suggests that the make-or-break moment for high school dropouts may actually occur in middle school. FRONTLINE examines one Bronx school's unique approach and the research behind it is influencing how we work here in our community.   Local Implications Using the same, research based strategy, outlined in this short video, United Way's Middle... Read More
Today was Career Day at Enka Middle! In all, we had 30 speakers representing a wide array of careers – doctor, engineer, auto mechanic, wildlife officer, physical therapist, county commissioner, chef, attorney and more! Every student in the school got to learn about six different careers in the morning. Later in the day, the 7th graders were also treated to a wonderful presentation by Kevin Barnette, motivational speaker and coach at Mars Hill... Read More
People who give of their personal time to care for others are among some of the best people in the world. Here at United Way, we get to meet a lot of those folks and we try to shine a spotlight on them - in thanks for what they do but also to inspire others. Our spotlight this month is on Shelia Christofalos!      Why do you volunteer and give to United Way? I began giving to United Way through payroll deductions at my first job at BB&T in... Read More
For the fourth year in a row, we had a pretty big incentive for donors. Paramount Kia of Asheville donated a new Kia Soul and it helped increase new donations to the Community Investment Fund. Anyone who made a contribution of $250 or more by January 30 was eligible to become a finalist. 10 semi-finalists were randomly selected from more than 600 entries. They drew keys and tried them one-by-one to see which would unlock the Kia Soul.... Read More
How many of us have fallen head-over-heels for a book? There is nothing like joy that comes from the emotions and relationships between characters, the sights and sounds of a new fictional world, the magnitude of historic moments in our history, or the chance to explore the tiniest mysteries of this planet through the eyes of scientists. But for so many people, young and old, these opportunities are just a dream. Whether it is lack of access, or... Read More
Carolina Public Press, a local nonprofit, nonpartisan news outlet, hosted a forum on the issues of hunger, food deserts and food insecurity. You can watch the entire forum below but several of our staff members were there and we wanted to share some thoughts about the topic and issues raised at the event. Childhood Poverty and Graduation A former educator at Isaac Dickson, and Food Policy Forum attendee, noted that the poverty rate among... Read More
Everyone should be able to see a doctor when they need to. But for many Americans this is not possible because they do not have healthcare coverage. Currently, the Affordable Care Marketplace is providing 560,357 North Carolinians with healthcare coverage through the Affordable Care Act. This coverage not only benefits parents but it is also the first step in ensuring that children receive healthcare. Research shows that when parents are covered... Read More
"Who in this room was the class clown?" "Who are stepparents?" "How many of you love to dance?" Last month we loaded up the flip charts and headed over to Montreat for our annual staff retreat. It was a great day, full of reflection on the work we accomplished in the year past, visioning for the coming year and a healthy dose of self-care to prepare us for the work ahead. Each year we invite someone from our community who can share something... Read More
Each month at United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County, we highlight and interview one of our incredible staff members. This month we are interviewing Lisa Ross, our Donor Analytics & Administration Manager.  Why are you in nonprofit work?  Lisa works in nonprofit because it is a tangible way for her to live her beliefs of being there for your neighbors and community. What inspires you to LIVEUNITED?  Give. Advocate. Volunteer.  How can... Read More

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