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United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County School Supply Drive 2019608 students were identified as homeless in Buncombe County Public Schools during the 2018 school year. More than 14,500 students qualified for free and reduced lunch, totaling more than half of our students. Of low wealth students...
It’s Publix Appreciation Day!As Western North Carolina welcomes its third Publix location this month, we’re excited to share gratitude for their presence and dedication to our community as well as communities across the U.S. Last year, our local Publix employees collectively donated...
 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. so wisely said,“Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”...
Friends, I hope you will indulge me the opportunity to share a more personal message as we close out this year and charge headlong into 2019.  TransitionsA few months ago, I quietly announced that I will be retiring effective May 1, 2019. After a 33 year career with local United Ways...
UNITED WAY CHAMPION AND ADVOCATEAsk Julie Smith about community and you’ll see her passion come to life. A self described advocate and Brand Champion of United Way, Julie believes that it’s her personal responsibility to give back; to leave the community a better place for future...
“Increase our diversity and equity knowledge to strengthen our behaviors, practices and values.” This statement is one of the thirteen objectives you will find in our recently approved, three-year strategic plan that will guide our work in 2018-20. Learning and Taking...
This week has been incredibly difficult for our whole community, and particularly for children.  The murders and critical wounding of the members a local family as a result of family violence have shaken us all to the core. This horrific act impacts all who know and love the Smith family. In...
 As we enter this holiday season, and the final days of 2017, we hope you are well.    Lately, we’ve been thinking about the fact that we all have just this one life. Whether we burst into it full of advantages, or must navigate obstacles that just won’t stop coming...
You read that blog title right. Since January of 2014, Monika, our team mate and friend, handled more than 20,000 INCOMING phone calls in her role as an information and referral specialist for NC 2-1-1. When we specify "incoming" that means that these are just the calls that came into our...
Campaign season is upon us once again. And with it, a whirlwind of events, socials, and informational meetings. We wanted to take a few lines to talk about the important players and the moving parts that make it all possible.  As many of you know, this year’s kickoff was a huge...

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