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"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
College Week will be held at Erwin Middle School in February  On the week of February 20th at Erwin Middle School, students will do college-related activities every morning for their second period class. From career explorations, and what it takes to get there, to checking out local, state-wide, national and international universities. The week will culminate in CFNC's College Night, and Friday will be a celebratory day. The following week Early... Read More
The Hero Effect is an uplifting docu-series that brings to life the stories of ordinary individuals who are making extraordinary differences in their communities. Shot on location in ten different communities across the country, each episode brings audiences real-life stories that show the impact one person can make.   The Hero Effect’s episode #4, which will air Saturday, February 11, 2017 10 A.M.  on OWN, highlights Mary's Center, a Community... Read More
Last fall, Amy Arias, a student at Erwin High School, and Josue Lomeli-Garcia, a student at Asheville High School, worked at Erwin Middle School through United Way of Buncombe County's Middle School Success Initiative, as part of their senior project. “Both Arias and Lomeli-Garcia wanted to work with immigrant, minority students of color, because they hold the same identity, and see the barriers their peers and friends need to summit in order to... Read More
The Homework Diner at Enka-Candler last night was a huge success! We served over 180 students and family members from the Enka-Candler community. "Many of those in attendance expressed how much they enjoyed the evening and how grateful they were for the opportunity to share a delicious meal with their community family," said Resource Coordinator Kyle Garrett. "They also loved the music and crafts and, yes, even the homework help! And thanks to... Read More
Last night at Hi-Wire brewing, members of Women United wrapped more than 2,000 books for local middle school kids this holiday season! "Looking around the room, I was grateful for your presence and humbled to witness a servant spirit in volunteering your evening to benefit students right here in Asheville and Buncombe County," said Leadership Giving Manager Elizabeth Allen. "You are sharing the gift of dreaming, imagination, and, of course... Read More
A few weeks ago I was asked if I would join other nonprofit organizations and sign the following letter on behalf of United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County. The letter, crafted by Lael Gray of the Asheville Jewish Community Center, spoke beautifully to our collective resolve against divisiveness and offered a message of light and love in troubling times. A clerical omission left United Way off the published version in the Asheville Citizen-... Read More
"It was really fun to see the girls’ faces as they rounded the last corner to the finish line and realized they were seconds away from accomplishing what they had been working towards for weeks" We were so excited to take part in the Girls on the Run of Western North Carolina 5K race at the Asheville Outlets this weekend.  Sarah Lee Roth, Volunteer Programs Manager at Hands On Asheville-Buncombe cheered racers on throughout the course.  "It... Read More