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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
Enka Intermediate School is starting a new program called In-School Clubs. Often, clubs are only available to students who have the money for club fees and the possibility of regular after-school transportation. Enka Intermediate wanted to make it possible for ALL students to participate in some sort of extracurricular activity. Clubs meet from 10:15 - 11:15 AM every early release day, which occur about once per month.  Clubs are lead by... 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. Taylor Gregg is one of those people. Taylor is a Premier Relationship Banker with First Citizens Bank. She has eight years experience as a banker, specifically assisting in financial planning as it relates to wealth, lending needs, and insurance for her clients and their families... Read More
First Place Winners!!! Oh, how we all love The AsheVillage People, also known as the VanWinkle Law Firm. Other than practicing law, they pride themselves on giving back to the community. Van Winkle has been an excellent partner with United Way for many years. In addition to running a highly successful workplace campaign, Heather Goldstein serves on our campaign cabinet. Heather and some of her fellow colleagues performed a classic song from the... Read More
One important way you can advocate is by voting for candidates and issues you support.  While United Way’s efforts are strictly nonpartisan (not supporting candidates or political parties), we can provide important information to help prepare you to make your decisions.  Here are some examples of what we provide: Access to your sample ballot.  Did you know there are 28 different ballots this year in Buncombe County?   Did you know you can get... Read More
Did you know that at Erwin Middle School alone we represent over 20 countries and more than 23 languages? The Erwin District has the highest rate of newcomer (young people coming to the U.S. for the first time) students in the county. On the first day of school alone we had two Ukrainian, three Marshallese, one Russian, and three Hispanic students come through our doors for their VERY FIRST day of school in the United States. While newcomer... Read More

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