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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
We love puttting the spotlight on some of our standout volunteers and donors. Kathy Volatile is one of those people. She has been a great supporter of our work and Women United and we hope you get the chance to meet her at one of our next events. Pictured: Kathy and her husband (and former United Way board chair) Dr. Leon Elliston.       Why do you volunteer and give to United Way? I first became interested in United Way because my husband, Leon... Read More
When asked to identify a transformational moment from 2016, Marla Browne, our teammate and NC 2-1-1’s Asheville Call Center director, didn’t hesitate; “Hurricane Matthew” was her response. This is not a drill This was the first time North Carolina’s statewide Emergency Management department utilized NC 2-1-1 to serve as a support service during a disaster response. It may have been our first time, but we were ready. NC 2-1-1’s sister call... Read More
United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County is a co-founder and ongoing supporter of WNC Nonprofit Pathways. This organization is dedicated to the ongoing support and cultivation of the nonprofit sector in our region. We know what a valuable resource this is for our region, but there's nothing like an in-person testimonial to drive the point home. Check out the perspectives shared by J. Hackett, Executive Director of our own community partner,... Read More

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