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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
“I was tremendously moved by the combination of history, places, connections, present day successes and struggles infused with performance poetry and vibrant art murals." - Last week, staff of United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County went on a Hood Huggers International tour. Led by Hood Huggers International founder DeWayne Barton, our team learned about Asheville’s historically African-American neighborhoods. Barton, an Asheville native,... Read More
"We Care! Experiences aim to connect the dots between volunteer activities and the community need behind each package created." This morning, 18 Duke Energy volunteers assembled 144 personal care packages for homeless students and their families. Many of the items can’t be purchased with food stamp support which means families are in greater need of these items.  For each project, we invite a guest speaker from the local benefiting nonprofit... Read More
Wouldn't it be great if there was one place to call when you needed help? United Way thinks so. That’s why we run the NC 2-1-1 Asheville Call Center. When you need help or information for yourself, your family or someone you know all you need to do is dial 2-1-1 or visit to get connected. Dial 2-1-1, it’s FREE, 24/7, and available in all languages. When a crisis is felt statewide As a result of the historic impact of Hurricane Matthew... Read More
Did you know that in Asheville and Buncombe County, children who live in poverty graduate from high school at a rate of 78% while their classmates graduate at a rate of more than 95%?  While every student faces challenges, those who live in poverty must navigate significantly more obstacles in order to make it to graduation. And graduation is critical; every student that doesn’t faces a life filled with greater obstacles - impacting their long-... 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 volunteer spotlight this month is on Jean Jones! Jean works tirelessly behind the scenes to support the students, staff and families of Enka Middle. Jean coordinates monthly staff... Read More
The Asheville Buncombe Middle Grades Network brings together Asheville City Schools, Buncombe County Schools and community partners around a shared vision of creating success ready 9th graders and improving graduation rates, using a collective impact approach. This week, United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County’s Middle School Success Initiative hosted a two day conference with members of the Middle Grades Network. The conference began with a... 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 someone is going to WIN it! Anyone who makes a contribution of $250 or more by January 30 is eligible to become a finalist. 10 semi-finalists will be randomly selected and the winner will be choosen in late February/early March in an event at Paramount Kia of Ashevillle.  Thank you to Paramount Kia of Ashevillle for... Read More