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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 NC211.org 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
We believe that the people in our community, the people who Give, Advocate and Volunteer, are pretty spectacular people and they deserve a bright light shone upon them. Dr. Amy Rottmann is one of those people. Rottmannis a Asst. Professor of Education (MAT) Lenoir-Rhyne University Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville.  Read more about Dr. Rottmann here.  Why do you volunteer and give to United Way? I volunteer and give to United Way because... Read More
Last night at Erwin Middle School, United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County (UWABC) Middle School Success Team hosted a Multi-Cultural Family night and Open House that drew hundreds of attendees. Families in the Erwin Community had tables with information, food and souvenirs from Jamaica, Moldova, Mexico (states of Guerrero, Michoacan, Hidalgo), Ukraine, El Salvador, Pohnpei, and the Marshall Islands. To see images from the evening, click... Read More
Here at Hands On Asheville-Buncombe, the volunteer center of United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County, we are sifting through all the great photographs from last week's Days of Impact. To see a collection of images from last week, click here. Days of Impact are corporate volunteer service events that occur twice each year that mobilize workforce volunteers to strengthen our community by matching groups with service projects focused on... Read More
Lindsay Stalowy is entering her second year as a volunteer at Enka Middle School. Here's what she said about the experience: "Volunteering as a Mentor at Enka Middle School has been delightfully rewarding for me," said Stalowy. "I meet with my mentee just once a week but the lives of these children can change dramatically in such short periods of time. She has opened my eyes to the struggles that young girls experience in our community." Stalowy... Read More
On Tuesday evening, October 4th, members of the Women United gathered together for an Evening in the Garden at the Bunn House, a boutique hotel in downtown Asheville. Surrounded by beautiful scenery, lovely flowers from Blue Ridge Blooms, and delicious hors d'oeuvre catered by HomeGrown, it was a spectacular evening.   To see pictures from the evening, click here.  Laura Elliot, Middle School Success Director, spoke to WLC members about the... Read More

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