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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
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